Elon University senior Gabrielle Dean has been awarded a Fulbright grant that will fund a year of teaching in Taiwan. Dean was one of three Elon seniors awarded a Fulbright this spring, the largest number of students in university history to receive the honor in the same academic year.
For Dean, a media arts & entertainment and international studies double major, the 2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship will assist her with eventually working as an international news correspondent. “I want to help educate people about the more human side of internationalism by promoting a greater awareness of foreign culture, human rights issues, and the needs of the international community,” she said.
Dean’s research interests are in Asian studies, women and gender studies, documentary filmmaking, religion, the effects of globalization and immigration. She also studied Mandarin Chinese, both on campus and during a semester abroad in China. The Honors Fellow is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Outside of class, the daughter of Richard and Donna Dean of St. Augustine, Fla., has been involved with the Liberal Arts Forum, Lunch Buddies and the EV! SHARE program.
“Receiving a Fulbright award is a huge honor and I’m incredibly excited about it,” she said. “Living and working in Taiwan for a year will be a fantastic opportunity for me to explore Taiwanese culture in greater depth, make new friends, and brush up on my somewhat rusty Mandarin Chinese.”
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, the Fulbright was established in 1946 by Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
Since its establishment under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.