Fulbright Home Hospitality Night
Each year, foreign Fulbright students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment seminars located in different cities across the United States. Each seminar is organized by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In April, the Portland Fulbright Enrichment Seminar will focus on social entrepreneurship and innovation. This seminar will bring over 130 Foreign Fulbright students pursuing graduate degrees in diverse fields of study from more than 70 countries together to spend four days in our city.
The Portland Seminar will be held April 4-7, 2013. Reed College and the department of International Student Services is excited to partner with IIE and the Fulbright Program to coordinate their Home Hospitality Evening on Friday, April 5th. The Home Hospitality evening will give the students an opportunity to meet Portland area residents and for our community to meet and learn from students around the world. We invite you to join in this event by hosting a small group of Fulbright students (2-6 per host) for dinner in your home or at a restaurant. This is a special opportunity to meet an interesting group of international scholars.
The Fulbrighters will be staying at the The Nines Hotel located at 525 SW Morrison in downtown Portland. There are two options when meeting your students for the hosted evening. Ideally, we would like for you to arrive at the Nines Hotel at 6:00 pm or later to meet your guests and accompany them to your destination. If you prefer, you may provide directions via public transportation for the students to meet you at the designated location.
We hope that you are able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring together scholars from different backgrounds and parts of the world together in your home for an evening of conversation and cultural exchange. If you would like to host Fulbrighters from a specific country or discipline, please indicate your preference when filling out the online form.Thank you in advance for considering your participation in this important program. Reed College is honored to collaborate with IIE and the Fulbright Program to enrich the experience of these scholars while visiting Portland.
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since its inception more than fifty years ago 255,000 "Fulbrighters," 96,400 from the United States and 158,600 from other countries, have participated in the Program. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. Fulbright Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices, and CEOs.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Currently, the Program operates in 140 countries, including 51 countries with bi-national Fulbright Commissions and Foundations. A number of private, cooperating organizations also assist with the administration of the Program.
For more information, please go to the Fulbright website.
Contact Dana Bays, Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services via email or at (503) 517-5538.