Sarah Lawrence College senior Maggie Murphy has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2011-2012 and will spend the year in Argentina teaching English to young students.
"We have a long history of helping our graduating seniors apply for and secure Fulbright Fellowships," says Allen Green, Dean of Studies and Student Life. "Maggie is a great example of the type of SLC student whose passion and experience speaks to what Fulbright is all about."
Murphy has led art classes for immigrant children, taught ESL at a summer camp, and worked with autistic teens in Canada through Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships.
"Working with young adults has been the basis of all my volunteerism," said Murphy. "Teaching English abroad, whether in a home for abandoned girls in Jiapur, India, or in a Granada classroom, in my experience, has been the key vehicle in establishing meaningful inter-cultural understanding."
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator 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.
For more information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, contact Beverly Fox, associate dean of studies.