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Special Feature: Study Abroad for Students of Color THE FACE OF DIVERSITY Priscilla Layne: Fulbright T.A. to Germany, 2003 My name is Priscilla Layne and I am a 24-year old West Indian-American. When I was awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship in 2003, I was in the process of completing a B.A. in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. I had applied to teach in Germany, because I had majored in German language and literature and had previously spent a year in Germany, studying at a language school in Düsseldorf and at the Free University (FU) in Berlin. Following graduation I spent two weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia, participating in a language program. That fall, I started my teaching assistantship in Berlin at a college-prep school. After my year as a T.A. was over, I found an internship through the Fulbright program at the Deutsche Welle Radio Ser vice in Bonn. I worked there for two months in the English program, translating manuscripts from German to English, conducting interviews in both languages and producing my own reports for the radio. After my internship was over, I returned to Berlin with a grant from the Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin. Since autumn 2004 I have been conducting research at the FU on the subject of anti-racist skinheads in the Berlin/Brandenburg area. This summer I will return to the United States and start a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, in German studies. first-hand what it is like to dream of seeing the world without really having the means to do so. Through the Fulbright program, I got the chance to pick up where I had left off as an exchange student during my junior year of college. Not only did I get the chance to travel more, due to my host country’s central location, but I also held professional positions that would have been impossible, had I not spoken enough German. over the world, and learning to battle them in a new environment will only make you more resilient. Aside from the personal gains you can achieve participating in the Fulbright program, you might also serve as an unofficial diplomat for the United States during your time abroad. At a time when the political relations between America and the rest of the world are not always at their best, it is great when Americans living out of the country can help conquer cultural barriers on their own and strive for more understanding on both sides. As a person of color doing academic work or teaching overseas, you can give the world an intimate look at a more diverse side of the United States that they may not know. For example, the young students at my school often asked me questions about controversial topics like racism or gang violence in America. I always tried to answer their questions as honestly as I could from my own perspective, which is just one of the many occasions when I was able to confront their stereotypes as well as my own. As a Fulbrighter, I learned how the citizens of my host country view the United States and why, which made me more sensitive to other people’s opinions, a very valuable trait in the professional world. All in all, my experience as a Fulbright T.A. gave me the chance to explore Europe, improve my teaching, language and professional skills, stand on my own two feet, take advantage of a multitude of educational and career opportunities and help GermanAmerican relations in my own personal way. Regardless of any fears you may have or difficult tasks you may encounter, the benefits you will gain will make it all worthwhile. My Fulbright Experience There are many reasons why I believe the Fulbright program has a lot to offer people of color. My experience as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Germany definitely opened doors for me that may otherwise have been inaccessible. As an African American growing up in Chicago, I witnessed Living in a foreign country forced me to be more independent and more flexible and to see things from a different perspective. The task of learning a foreign language alone was a large hurdle, which took discipline and determination to overcome. My year as a Fulbright T.A. gave me the chance to improve my German while working at a college-prep school 12 hours a week and taking language classes at Humboldt University. Now I am more confident about my German than ever and I don’t regret the hard work it took. Besides language, there are definitely additional obstacles you may have to cope with abroad. As a person of color, you may be faced with discrimination and racism. However, you can be confronted with such problems all

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IIE Networker - Fall 2005
Contents
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Study Abroad for Students of Color
Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Africa
Australia
Science and Engineering
Students with Disability
The Browser: Index of Advertisers
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Up Front: The International Education Diary
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