Fulbright Program Places Graduates Across the Globe in the 2022-23 Academic Year

June 15, 2022

Amanda Nagy

Memorial Arch on Tappan Square.
Oberlin's Memorial Arch on Tappan Square.
Photo credit: Chris Schmucki '22

Beginning this summer and fall, Oberlin graduates selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program will embark on a journey in their respective host countries, where they will serve as cultural ambassadors while providing assistance to local English teachers for up to a year. Through engagement in the classrooom and the community, Fulbrighters interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has recognized Oberlin College for the 13th consecutive year as a top producer of Fulbright students. Oberlin is fifth among baccalaureate institutions, sending nine scholars to study abroad during the 2021-2022 academic year. Since 1970, more than 250 Oberlin College students have received Fulbright awards.

Composite of Fulbright winners.

The following Oberlin graduates will go abroad as Fulbrighters in the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Theater and Creative Writing Major Cassandra Gutterman-Johns '22 is excited to teach, travel, and reach outside her comfort zone with a Fulbright ETA in the Czech Republic beginning in August 2022. 

Riley Davis '22 graduated with a double major in Hispanic studies and Latin American studies with minors in anthropology and gender, feminist, and sexuality studies. Davis will apply her extensive experience in language and teaching as a Fulbright ETA in Argentina. 

Creative Writing and Cinema Studies major Peter Stern '22 will teach English literature to K-12 students while reconnecting with his interests in the ancient Greco-Roman world with a Fulbright in Athens, Greece.

Mikaela De Lemos graduated in May 2021 with a major in psychology and a minor in Hispanic studies. The Fulbright will take de Lemos to Spain's Canary Islands, where she will will continue her work as a service-oriented educator. 

History and politics major Abijah Ahern '22 hopes to become more fluent in the languages of the western Balkans. A Fulbright ETA in Serbia is an extension of Ahern's interests in the history, politics, and culture of the Balkans region.

For Elise Steenburgh '22, a gap year in Brazil was a formative experience that shaped their learning and interests at Oberlin. In February 2023, Steenburgh will return to the country that was a source of cultural and academic inspiration.

A musical studies and law and society major, Sarah Wong '22 applied for the Fulbright ETA to honor her Taiwanese heritage while becoming more fluent in her family’s ancestral languages. 

Arman Luczkow '22 will combine his interests in teaching and East Asian culture with a desire to improve his knowledge of Mandarin as a Fulbright ETA in Taiwan. 

Art history and East Asian studies major Chloe Lai '22 will reconnect with her family’s heritage and hone her skills in language pedagogy in Taiwan.

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