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Three Union students were selected for Fulbright Student English Teaching Assistantships. The program places students in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers.

Those selected from Union are:

Irving Cortes-Martinez '19

Irving Cortes-Martinez

Major: Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Minor: Africana Studies

Activities: AOP political science tutor, Model UN teaching assistant, Latin American Student Organization president, Spanish Club, African Student Association; French Club; terms away to Washington, D.C., Brazil, Senegal and Argentina

Hometown: Medford, Ore.

Assignment: Malaysia

Host country engagement: In addition to teaching English, he’ll use skills learned through the Future Farmers of America in order to build a community garden, which will serve as a community bonding exercise open to anyone in the community to use.

Plans after Fulbright: Attend graduate school focusing on foreign affairs, then pursuing a career working for NGOs in the international development sector.

Victoria Grandel '19

Victoria Grandel

Major: Chinese and Political Science

Activities: Language Center Chinese mentor, URBAN Magazine editor-in-chief, Black Student Union, Women’s Union; terms away to China and Louisiana Gulf Coast

Hometown: Lynn, Mass.

Assignment: Taiwan

Host country engagement: Engage with communities through service. Her former experiences volunteering as a mentor, home builder and community engagement have informed her that service a great way to connect to your greater community.

Plans after Fulbright: Create a non-profit organization geared towards bringing the global education inequality gap.

Gillian Singer '19

Gillian Singer

Major: Spanish and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Activities: Women’s Union president; Title IX ambassador; Girls on the Run; Admissions senior intern and tour guide; Spain term abroad

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Assignment: Spain

Host country engagement: Create programming for young students focusing on empowerment and confidence development and encourage older students to serve as program mentors.

Plans after Fulbright: Pursue a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in sex, sexuality and reproductive health to later work in NGO’s and nonprofits supporting global communities with maternal health disparities.