Colleen Coxe, senior director of corporate relations, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to travel to Germany as part of the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program (IEA). Coxe will participate in a group seminar designed to familiarize U.S. higher education administrators with Germany’s higher education system, society and culture.
Coxe’s primary focus at Harvey Mudd is promoting and supporting the Clinic Program, a pioneering academic collaboration with industry to engage juniors and seniors in solving real-world, technical challenges. Each year, the Clinic Program includes at least one Global Clinic, which offers students the opportunity to pursue their work in the context of a different culture.
“I really appreciate Fulbright’s commitment to forging relationships at all levels of academia around the world,” said Coxe. “I am looking forward to meeting the other U.S. colleagues participating in the seminar and planting the seed for greater collaboration with institutions and industry in Germany.”
The Fulbright IEA seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study abroad students.
“I feel fortunate to have found a place at Harvey Mudd where I work at the intersection of the College and industry in a way that has formative impacts on the student experience,” said Coxe. “Global Clinic offers a unique opportunity for HMC students to see the impact of their work in a global context and experience the challenges of working cross-culturally. German engineering is renowned for innovation, and if there are opportunities to explore a Global Clinic partnership to give our students access to industry in Germany, that would be an exciting outcome of this experience.”
Coxe is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019–2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.