2016 Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Lauren Pitts
January 4, 2016
Congratulations to EdD student Lauren Pitts (MS Couple and Family Therapy '13) on being selected as a 2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Alumni Ambassador!
Lauren was a Fulbright Study/Research Grantee in Barbados (2014-15) and is a 2015-16 Drexel Fellowships Ambassador. As one of 20 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors, Lauren will play an important role over the coming year -- inspiring diverse students, artists, and recent graduates to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the power of educational and cultural exchange. We couldn't be more proud of her!
In December, Lauren participated in an orientation in Washington, DC with staff from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education (IIE), along with previous Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors. Read more about the experience and program on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Blog.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15-20 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to serve as representatives, recruiters and spokespersons for the Fulbright Program. They are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassy staff, area managers, and the Fulbright Student Program Outreach Division, and approved by the Fulbright Program’s sponsor, ECA. Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors come from an array of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, states, fields of study, and institutions and have participated in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in all world areas.
Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors represent the program’s rich diversity and play a key role in increasing knowledge about Fulbright opportunities. They provide testimonials about their Fulbright experiences at conferences and campus presentations, and offer application tips in written articles, during webinars and at special events throughout the United States.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program relies on the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors to share with potential applicants what the Fulbright experience is really like and how to successfully address the challenges of living abroad while meeting the Fulbright Program’s ultimate goal – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.