Imagine Fulbright: Congratulations to Bradley Rutter ’18 on selection for Fulbright Fellowship in Argentina
After graduating college, Brad Rutter ’18 followed his passion for public health education and for serving less-privileged communities by becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Now, after having returned to the U.S. because of the Peace Corps program’s suspension due to COVID-19, Mr. Rutter has been selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program in Argentina for the 2020-21 academic year.
Mr. Rutter graduated from Carthage with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During college, he was a member of many student organizations, including Vice President of Student Government, a participant of Model United Nations, treasurer of the Carthage World Relief global health initiative organization, and Vice President of Academic Excellence in the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Mr. Rutter traveled extensively as a student. He visited South Korea, Austria and Hungary for a J-Term course, Nicaragua for Carthage’s medical and public-health service program, Jamaica as part of Delta Upsilon’s Global Service Initiative, Israel as a member of Model United Nations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia as a part of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program, and to Yale University for Unite for Sight’s Global Health and Innovation Conference with Carthage World Relief.
As a Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Rutter co-facilitated public health programming in his local municipality in Totonicapán, taught English at a primary school, and led groups of student health promoters to become leaders within their school communities. He also grew fluent in Spanish and picked up some K’iche’, languages commonly spoken in the Western Highlands region he served.
Mr. Rutter plans to teach English and share U.S. culture at the post-secondary level during his fellowship in Argentina, while also continuing his health-outreach efforts. “When I am not leading English classes, I will lead courses on health education, the importance of critical thinking skills for one’s health, and how awareness of Social Determinants of Health can benefit the health and wellness of a population,” he wrote in his application.
He is excited to live in Argentina, where he can immerse himself in its distinctive Latin American culture. “As an Argentina ETA grantee, I am eager to keep the Spanish language active in my life,” he said. “I want to learn from a different part of Latin America, in a country with strong European influence and experience first-hand what that means.”
Following his Fulbright assignment, he plans to pursue graduate school and a career in public health and social work among underserved U.S. communities. Congratulations to Brad Rutter on his Fulbright placement in Argentina!
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and fellowships are available to American students wishing to spend a year or more abroad after college to teach, conduct scholarly research, or engage in creative projects.
During this present uncertain time, many international programs such as Fulbright have been suspended. However, we can expect that they will resume in the future; therefore, Carthage students interested in the Fulbright opportunity should contact Professor Dan Choffnes, Fulbright Program Adviser.