Happy 2021! This year marks 75 years of the Fulbright Program, 75 years of building friendships across borders to make the world more peaceful. We will be celebrating this important anniversary with many programs throughout the year.
But why wait? You can get involved right now. Here are 10 suggestions.
- Help your chapter plan digital programs such as a speaker series, art performance, poetry reading or film discussion. As conditions allow, they will be planning 75th Anniversary events in the fall. They need your idea, energy and help!
- Start a new chapter. Our 55 chapters are thriving, even during a pandemic, but we don’t have chapters in 15 states, or yours may be too far away. So start one yourself! You can also become a leader in an existing chapter.
- Volunteer for Fulbright in the Classroom (FIC) to share your stories and knowledge in K-12 and college classrooms, focusing on under-represented communities. Keep an eye out for a new FIC grant program and a call for volunteers.
- Participate in Advocacy Month in April, where you’ll share you experiences (remotely) with members of Congress, ensuring the future of Fulbright. Registration will start soon.
- Sign a petition and/or send a letter to the new Congress, making sure they hear the many voices of Fulbrighters from every district and state. (See our Toolkit here.)
- Tell your Fulbrighter friends to become members of the Fulbright Association—we need their support to power our programs and mission. Promote membership to your college or university too!
- Propose and give a presentation, panel and/or poster at our Annual Conference, scheduled in Washington DC in October. (See more on our 2020 Conference here, and look for the Call for Proposals.)
- Attend the Conference, TEDxFulbright (in August), Fulbright Prize, and regular Fulbright Forums (webinars on international issues) to learn and connect.
- Submit your photos and stories to celebrate the 75th! (More on this later)
- Follow us on social media, where you’ll find stories and photos throughout the year.