Nguyen Earns Fulbright Award
By Shelley Hulme for TCU This Week
Michelle Nguyen is TCU’s second Fulbright recipient for 2019-2020, and she’s headed to Indonesia. Nguyen, a double major in Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and future laureate of the John V. Roach Honors College is the university’s second student to win a Fulbright award to Indonesia.
Nguyen will serve as an English Teaching Assistant and use her role to immerse herself into the culture and build strong relationships with her students and the surrounding community. She believes that being an ETA will allow her to utilize inclusive teaching practices, while also giving her the chance to learn about how to be a change agent aimed at improving systems of education all over the world. Nguyen, who believes learning goes beyond the classroom, wants to be a teacher, as well as a support system, a mentor and a friend to her students. She hopes to grow through listening to and learning from people’s stories.
After completing her Fulbright, Nguyen plans to attend graduate school to “cultivate her zeal toward fighting social injustice and educational inequity.”
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Candidates for the Fulbright apply for positions in one of six geographic regions. The U.S. Fulbright Committee reviews each application and forwards the frontrunners to the respective country’s Fulbright Commission for selection of the finalists. This year, TCU boasts eight semi-finalists, with Nguyen being the second student to receive final notification.