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Greetings from the Ralph J. Bunche Center

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center Newsletter! Howard University is a GLOBAL institution and we are excited to have this platform to help tell Howard University’s global story.  Here we will share with you information on everything we're working on, involved in, planning and celebrating here at the Bunche Center! 

Additionally, we have a new and improved website which you can visit here and our social media presence is strong.  Make sure to follow us on  FacebookInstagram, and Twitter where we share a variety of globally relevant stories, articles, images, etc., especially photos from our #BisonAbroad.  

Please stay in touch and let us know what you'd like to see at the Bunche Center and what you have been doing on the world stage! We would love to highlight your stories!


Tonija Hope Navas
Deputy Director
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center 

  1. Center Highlights
  2. Study Abroad at the Bunche Center
  3. Meet Our Diplomat in Residence: Elise Kleinwaks
  4. From the Bunche Blog 
  5. Inside Higher Ed: "No Certificate of Global Citizenship"
  6. Global Faculty Development Opportunities
  7. Opportunities for Students 
  8. Upcoming Events
New Provider Alert!
CET is known for high program standards, strong academics, a nimble and collaborative approach to partnerships, and supportive student services. As an environmentally conscientious organization, CET seeks to adopt sustainable measures across its operations. And through its commitment to inclusion, CET seeks and encourages the participation of students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning.

New Provider Alert!
Up with People is a global education organization which aims to bring the world together through service and music. The unique combination of international travel, service learning, leadership development and performing arts offers students an unparalleled experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time.
The Bison Abroad Program is determined to send at least 10% of the undergraduate student body abroad by 2020!  

Why is this our goal, you may ask? Because it is understood that studying abroad is one of the most meaningful opportunities afforded to Howard students of all majors and impacts their personal, academic, and professional growth- forever. To reflect these values, we have created two hash tags to proclaim that study abroad is definitely for Howard students, despite the national data that reflects African-American students lack of participation. #bisonabroad and #studyabroadsoblack, and I invite you, to be a part of this movement. -- MaRaina Montgomery, Study Abroad Manager HU '06

 Top Majors Abroad from L to RChemical Engineering, Journalism, Finance, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Television & Film Production 

You can also...
  • Make an appointment with the study abroad manager (Mondays only). 
  • Visit the Bunche Center to pick up brochures and ask questions.
    (sign-in @ www.bit.ly/BisonAbroad). 
  • Join the Bunche Brigade.
  • Visit our website www.global.howard.edu.
Bunche Center participates in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence Program and we are proud to introduce Elise Kleinwaks as the State Department's current representative to Howard University. 

Elise Kleinwaks assumed her duties as Diplomat in Residence for the DC Metro Region in August 2015. One of 16  Diplomats in Residence across the country, Elise provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships with the State Department to students and professionals throughout the DC Metro region.

Read her bio here.
Assemblée Chretienne de Paris
by Savannah Bowen
English major HU '16
Cathedrals are everywhere in France, and many tourists travel to Paris just to enter the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, or climb the steps of the Sacre Coeur. While the Catholic churches still hold mass weekly, most of the church-goers I saw were selfie-stick wielding tourists. However, as a student overseas desperate for something familiar and comfortable, church became much more than a place to snap a great picture.   

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Una Semana En Santo Domingo con CIEE
by Dr. GiShawn Mance 
Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at Howard University.
"You cannot fully understand your own life without knowing and thinking beyond your life, your own neighborhood, and even your own nation." Dr. Johnnetta Cole (Former President of Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, NC)

Read about her week in the Dominican Republic here
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At a rally in Cincinnati in December, Donald J. Trump hammered home his "America first" message and took a shot at "global citizenship," a term with considerable currency in academe. "You hear a lot of talk about how we're becoming a globalized...

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 SIT’s Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad offer each participant the opportunity to become deeply engaged in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other knowledge sources. Some seminars will include hands-on field work. Participants can expect to examine topics through multiple rich and nuanced perspectives, benefitting from SIT Study Abroad’s experiential learning approach. Learn more...
Approved Faculty-led & External Programs 
Click on the photos for more information.
For more information on study abroad at Howard University visit this page.
Fellowships & Scholarships
  Charles B. Rangel
Fellowship Program 
In November, the Rangel International Affairs Program announced the selection of 30 Graduate Fellows to the 2017 cohort. The new class is currently confirming their graduate programs. Fellows from the 2016 cohort are finalizing their overseas internships, and our 2015 class is in their final stretch of their graduate programs preparing to graduate in May! Selections are underway for the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program, and the new cohort of Rangel Summer Scholars will be announced in late March. 

For more information about the program visit their webpage here.
Donald M. Payne
Fellowship Program 
The application period for the 2017 Payne Fellowship closed on January 20, 2017, and the applicant pool was outstanding and reflected the Payne Program goal of diversity and excellence. We received a total of 278 online applications for the 2017 Payne Fellowship. This is a 20% increase from last year. A strong majority are members of the minority groups historically under-represented in the U.S Agency for International Development. The Selection panel will select 24 finalists and out of those finalists, 10 will be awarded the fellowships.

For more information please visit their  website.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd - Summer Study Abroad Application Deadline

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd 10 am - Dr. Blair Ruble, Book Talk: The Muse of Urban Delirium: How the Performing Arts Paradoxically Transform Conflict-Ridden Cities into Centers of Cultural Innovation”

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 5-7:30 pm Gilman Scholarship and Study Abroad Info Session

Tuesday, Feb . 28th, 6-7:30pm - 150 Years of Howard University in the World Series:  HU and Black Internationalism Around the World with HU History Professor Quito Swan

Wednesday, March 1st, 5-6:30 pm - Schwarzman Scholars Info Session

Wednesday, March 8th, 4:30-5:30 pm -  Workshop: Teaching English Abroad

Friday, March 10th - Deadline to submit HU applications to study abroad in Fall 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 6-7:30pm - 150 Years of Howard University in the World Series: HU Women Around the World

Friday, April 14th - Bunche Center  x WeGoToo Passport Drive

Wednesday, April 26th, 4pm -  150 Years of Howard University in the World Series: HU and Global Leadership for the 21st Century with President Frederick  (Browsing Room, Founders Library)

Every Tuesday & Wednesday 3-4pm - Study Abroad Information Session