The Fulbright Board hosted a public panel discussion entitled “The Fulbright Experience: Reaching Out to All People with Disabilities,” as a lively forum on international higher education opportunities and challenges for people with disabilities and in the deaf community.
The event attracted students and faculty from Gallaudet University, as well as members of the international exchange community. Following a welcome by Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz and FFSB Chairman Tom Healy, U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) delivered an inspiring introduction and FFSB Member Dr. Christie Gilson moderated the panel. The featured panelists included Cerise Roth-Vinson, Chief Operating Officer of Mobility International USA; Marcelo de França Moreira, Humphrey Fellow from Brazil, currently at American University School of Law; and Dr. Steven D. Collins, Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University and Fulbright Alumnus. The moderator and panelists shared their unique experiences with the Fulbright Program and discussed the future of the Fulbright Program for persons with disabilities, emphasizing that “If you have a disability, Fulbright is for you. We want you; we want to learn from you. Go apply!”