Fulbright NY Diplomatic Welcome Reception (October 5, 2017)
The U.S. State Department and Fulbright’s NY chapter hosted a special reception in which we welcomed new Fulbright scholars along with diplomatic representatives from various countries. The reception was held at the beautiful US Mission to the UN building on Thursday, October 5th, 7-9pm. With almost 80 countries being represented, it was certainly an interesting evening!

Fulbright NY Goes Kayaking on the Hudson (July 1, 2017)
Fellow Fulbrighters and friends went for an outdoor adventure kayaking along the Hudson River with panoramic views of Manhattan's famous skyline. We gathered at Pier 84 Boathouse, where Manhattan Kayak's instructors taught us paddle strokes on land, then we embarked on easy sit-on-top kayaks. It was a mix of a good workout, serene environment and stunning skyline! Photographs: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RxBVU8UebCOvEYqt1

Youth Mentoring Initiative @ SLC (July 6, 2017)
The Youth Mentoring Initiative is held in partnership with Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) and Yonkers Public Schools. Every summer, Sarah Lawrence College produces a High School Writers program for public school students. About 90 high school students from around the country participate, and both foreign Fulbrighters and alumni mentor the students, joining in the workshop activities and imbuing an international lens while raising awareness of the Fulbright program amongst “future American Fulbrighters.” This year marked our 15th anniversary of the Youth Mentoring Initiative and our partnerships with Yonkers Department of Education and Sarah Lawrence College. Fulbrighters participated in workshops with students in the High School Writers program, encouraging an international perspective as the students wrote about diversity, conflict resolution & global issues. For an inside perspective of what the day is like, check out Fulbrighter Jarod Yong's post: http://www.jarodyong.com/2016/07/international-fulbright-panel-writers.html

Happy Hour @ The Delancey (June 14, 2017)
We kicked off the start of summer with fellow NY Fulbrighters for a happy hour on the rooftop of The Delancey in the Lower East Side. There were plenty of opportunities to socialize and network amidst a fun, casual, culturally rich setting. 

Fulbright NY Open Salon (May 9, 2017)
Our Fulbright NY Open Salons are opportunities to hear about Fulbrighters’ work by doing presentations in a cross-disciplinary, informal atmosphere, for feedback, critique or to instigate thought. Our palette of Fulbright presenters featured Juliane Bazzo, a Fulbright scholar at CUNY (Queens College and The Graduate Center) who spoke about her research on the agency of the bullying concept in contemporary Brazil; Christine Garvey, a Fulbright alumna to Italy and an artist, who gave a presentation on her multifaceted work which explores the link between technological advancement and artistic representation of the body.; and Ishita Tiwary, a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University who presented her research on the history of the VHS in India, including its role in the development of the political video news magazine. Event page with speaker bios: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fulbright-ny-open-salon-may-2017-tickets-34018153212# Photographs: https://goo.gl/photos/JQHeCdkmf8PYTUGG6

Diversity & Education: Breaking Down Stereotypes in the Classroom (April 20, 2017)
Fulbright NY and Fashion Institute of Technology's Diversity Council hosted a stimulating discussion on current trends in diversity in education and what it takes to break down stereotypes in the classroom. Panelists spoke on their experiences as community activists, policy makers and educators. The panel included Fulbright NY's 2017 Alumnus-in-Residence Jared Licina (Founder of Nascenta, a nonprofit organization that runs diversity workshops based on a lesson structure developed in post-apartheid South Africa), Asha Castleberry (Consultant with the Truman National Security Project, Former U.S. Army veteran & professor at Fordham University), Adhim DeVeaux (Professional Development Consultant for the United Federation of Teachers), and Dr. Ron Milon (Chief Diversity Officer at FIT). Event page with speaker bios: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversity-education-breaking-down-stereotypes-in-the-classroom-tickets-33347854330# Photographs: https://goo.gl/photos/sat5M1iDRybPN7nM6

One To World’s Dinner Diplomats (Feb 20-March 6, 2017)
The Fulbright NY Chapter teamed up with One To World‘s Dinner Diplomats program to offer a series of hosted dinners that brought together current grantees and Fulbright alumni. Visiting Fulbrighters were hosted at homes (or favorite places) for a meal. This was a great opportunity for visiting Fulbright students to meet some of the program's alumni in an intimate setting filled with interesting conversation and cultural exchange. 

Asian Art & Dance Music @ Rubin Museum (March 3, 2017)
Fulbrighters gathered at the Rubin Museum of Art for a happy hour imbued with Asian art & dance music. The Rubin Museum is home to a fantastic collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The Rubin's free Friday nights are known for blending culture and community, featuring live music, Happy Hour from 6-7pm, and a special pan-Asian tapas menu. DJ Ripley spun Uzbek/Tajik pop as well as Kazakh sounds with various asian-flavored vibes and sounds. Happy hours @ the Rubin Museum provide a fun, culturally-rich setting to allow Fulbrighters to socialize and network while enjoying art and music.

Before I Was CEO: A Discussion with Two Fulbright Alumni (February 7, 2017)
In partnership with One To World and the KU Leuven Alumni US Chapter, Fulbright NY hosted an exclusive conversation with two Fulbright alumni: Alberto Vitale, former CEO of Random House, and Peter Vanham, author of the newly published book, Before I Was CEO, which profiles the lives of 20 CEOs, including Mr. Vitale. The inspiration for this book came to Peter when he met Alberto Vitale through a One To World program during his Fulbright fellowship at Columbia University. The two discussed their first meeting and personal backgrounds, lessons learned from CEOs profiled in the book, and answered audience questions. All participants received a copy of the book, Before I was CEO. Event page with speaker bios: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/before-i-was-ceo-a-discussion-with-two-fulbright-alumni-tickets-31152817917#

Happy Hour @ Metrograph (January 27, 2017)
We started the year with fellow NY Fulbrighters at a happy hour at the vintage-Hollywood-inspired cinema, the Metrograph in the Lower East Side. There were plenty of opportunities to socialize and network amidst a fun, casual, culturally rich setting. 

Global Curriculum Toolkit / Writing Workshops @ SLC (ongoing)
The Global Curriculum Toolkit consists of activities and templates that apply an international, multidisciplinary lens into school topics while integrating Fulbright themes. The program is ongoing, though we have held writing workshops incorporating the Global Curriculum Toolkit for public school teachers throughout the years. Case studies using Fulbright projects are included, along with activities that build international awareness. Each activity promotes a global lens and literacy by incorporating the use of maps and writing through a range of subjects. It is intentionally interdisciplinary and is designed to fit into existing school STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curricula. We've implemented this in partnership with Sarah Lawrence College and Yonkers Public Schools. The school teachers have implemented the Global Curriculum Toolkit lessons in their classrooms and have gotten very positive reactions from students and other teachers alike. More info on the toolkit.