More than 60 students from 32 countries came to Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus this summer to participate in the Fulbright Gateway Orientation. The program, which MDC has hosted annually for over a decade, is the first stop in the United States for Fulbright award winners from around the globe. The Gateway program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education, gives international Fulbright scholarship recipients a chance to become acclimated to life in the United States before beginning their graduate studies at universities across the country. “The program provides a broad introduction to American culture, history and the diversity that makes up American society,” said Stephen Johnson, associate professor of World Languages, who is co-director of the Miami Gateway Orientation. “The U.S. is uniquely diverse in its social make up, race, religion and attitudes about sexual orientation.” MDC is among the nation’s top producers of college and university Fulbright Scholars. Johnson, for instance, was a Fulbright teaching assistant in Germany. Danixia Cuevas, a professor at MDC’s Law Center, has traveled to India twice on Fulbright awards, establishing paralegal programs there to increase access to legal aid. Alejandro Angee, associate professor of sociology, taught in Sendai, Japan, earlier this year on a Fulbright grant. “The Fulbright program is life-changing for anyone who takes part in it,” Johnson said.
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