LAS Student and Alumnus Among Seven UIC-Affiliated Fulbright Recipients

Seven students and alumni, two of which from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, from the University of Illinois Chicago are among over 2,100 U.S. citizens offered the opportunity to study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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.

Pedro Antonino, a 2020 UIC master’s graduate in French and Francophone studies, has accepted a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, or ETA, to teach in Mexico. The exact city and institution where he’ll be based is yet to be determined, but the usual 10-month program is now scheduled to take place from January through May 2021.

Cruz Bonlarron, a 2019 master’s graduate in Latin American and Latino studies, would have been based in Medellin, Colombia, for the 2020-2021 academic year. He planned to use the Fulbright to begin work on a doctoral dissertation on agrarian reform in Latin America, with a specific focus on the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Reform section of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.