My International Education Administrators trip to Taiwan was full of delightful surprises, including wonderful food, amazing Taiwanese people and unforgettable new colleagues from the U.S. There are countless moments that struck me during my two weeks in Taiwan as we visited 16 universities and five foreign agencies. Overall, I felt honored to be a Fulbright and to be included in this inaugural experience. This honor was elevated when my group heard the first female president of Taiwan address the Fulbright Scholars of South East Asia. Moreover, our group was encouraged to make contacts with U.S. Fulbright Scholars and discuss their ground-breaking work. Indeed, we met with Taiwanese Alumni Fulbright Scholars to discuss the impact of Fulbright on their lives. As a U.S. Fulbright Scholar-Brazil ’91, I shared immense pride in the accomplishment of these individuals. Additionally, as an IEA participant, I was encouraged to advise my students and faculty to pursue these opportunities. When I returned home, I learned that two of my students had been awarded Fulbrights – one an ETA and one a Fulbright Student Award. During our trip to Taiwan, we met the minister of Foreign Affairs. She was gracious and answered all of our questions. We
Author: Rhonda Collier
Dr. Rhonda Collier is a Professor of Modern Languages and Communication at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA, where she also serves as the Director of the TU Global Office. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Vanderbilt University, and she is a Fulbright Scholar, who studied at the Universidad de São Paulo in Brazil. She has published in the areas of Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, African-American, and global hip hop studies. At Tuskegee University, she focuses on American literature, Black American literature, and composition courses with an emphasis on service-learning. Her most recent work Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, co-edited with Dr. Octavia Tripp was released by IG Global Publishing on August 12, 2019. Dr. Collier is passionate about education abroad and cross-cultural student engagement.
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