Illinois Central College Welcomes Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Egypt

Fulbright FLTA 2015_Dina MeshrifIllinois Central College recently welcomed Dina Meshrif of Egypt for the 2015-16 academic year to teach Arabic and take courses at the College as part of a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTLA) Program grant.

Meshrif earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and translation and taught English as a second language at the Canadian International College before being granted the one-year Fulbright assistantship at ICC.

While in the United States, Meshrif will share her language and culture in the local community to inspire students and residents to travel and study overseas to better engage with businesses, governments and organizations abroad. She is one of more than 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the U.S. in the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA program to help internationalize colleges and universities and prepare the 21st Century workforce for a globalized world. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selects grant recipients on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Meshrif joins the 13 Fulbright awardees who have come to ICC since 2007.

According to the Institute of International Education, the Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research. More than 4,000 Fulbright awardees have been designated FLTAs since 2001.

For more information on ICC’s International Education Programs, contact Dr. Barbara Burton, director of International Education, at (309) 694-8817 or [email protected]u, or Dr. Rita Ali, vice president of diversity, international and adult education, at (309) 694-5561 or [email protected]u.