Barbadians Head to United States for Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that two Barbadians, Tamesha Duesbury, and Versia Harris will head to the United States to complete their graduate studies, funded by the U.S. Government.

Duesbury is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship cohort for the academic year 2017-18, while Harris is the Fulbright LASPAU recipient for this academic year. The Fulbright LASPAU program is affiliated with Harvard University, administered by the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU), and is geared towards instructors at institutions of higher education.

Harris is presently employed as an Assistant Tutor in the Visual Arts Associate Degree at the Barbados Community College, and has participated in-group exhibitions from 2009 to 2016 in Nigeria, Jamaica, Germany, and Aruba. At the end of August, she will head to Cranbrook University of Art in Michigan to pursue a Master’s in Print Media.

Fulbright Foreign Student scholar, Tamesha Duesbury (left), and Fulbright LASPAU recipient, Versia Harris (right) pose for a photo with U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela at their pre-departure briefing.

Duesbury is a Probation Officer within the Probation Department, a position that she has held from 2011 to the present. Her area of interest is working with juveniles, especially at-risk-youth. She will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela commented, “Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean have many talented young people, and we are thrilled once again to have a cohort of Fulbright scholars complete their graduate studies in the United States. We wish them all the best as they further their education through the prestigious Fulbright program, and we remain committed to educational exchanges to promote mutual understanding and build strong people-to-people relationships.”

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. The Fulbright Foreign Student program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.

For additional information on this prestigious program, please visit U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website HERE.

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