Tea Cushman, a sophomore criminology major at Nebraska Wesleyan, was selected for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute. The Fulbright Summer Institute is one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs in the world. Cushman is one of 60 undergraduates from the United States and UK to be selected for the prestigious program. The program aims to foster intercultural understanding between the USA and UK through educational exchange.
During the program, Cushman will participate in the “Arts, Activism and Social Justice” program where she will spend four weeks investigating how disciplines such as literature, music, visual arts, philosophy, history and critical social theory have shaped movements for social justice across the globe. The program will give particular attention to racial justice and global movements.
After graduating, Cushman plans to work toward the prevention of children and teens from entering the juvenile legal system. “I want to make sure that children have a chance to complete their education without being pushed into a system that doesn't serve them,” stated Cushman. “This program will help me learn how to advocate and further my understanding of why social justice is so important.”
Cushman would like to give a special thank you to Professor of Spanish Cathy Nelson, Associate Provost of Integrative and Experiential Learning Meghan Winchell, Professor of Communication Karla Jensen, and University Minister Eduardo Bousson for their continued support and encouragement throughout the application process.
She is a graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School.