About this Panel

As part of the USC Academic Honors & Fellowships Fellowship Fridays series, a panel of Black Fulbright alumni will speak on their unique experiences living abroad, and the intersection of their identity with the role of serving as an ambassador of the U.S. while carrying out their Fulbright project as a grantee. Attendees will hear memorable stories from abroad and have the opportunity to participate in Q&A. This event is geared towards undergraduates, graduate students, or alumni interested in spending time internationally at some point post-graduate; but all are welcome to attend! 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a national fellowship funding a year of post-graduate English teaching, research, creative projects, or graduate study in one of over 140 countries.


Azmera Hammouri-Davis '16 graduated with a B.A. in both Social Sciences (Psychology) and Visual and Performing Arts Studies. Azmera traveled to Salvador da Bahia, the birthplace of Capoeira to study the historical influences of the Afro-brazilian martial art. She's currently a teaching fellow at Harvard University, where she received her Masters of Theological Studies, and is completing her first book of poems entitled "CaPoetics: A Praise Dance".

Emmanuel Johnson is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at USC advised by Jonathan Gratch. His research focuses on impact of personalized feedback in autonomous negotiation training systems. Emmanuel holds a Masters in Robotics from University of Birmingham in England and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University where he graduate summa cum laude. He has been a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2017 New Brunswick Education Foundation Spirit Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the 2013 North Caroline A&T Outstanding Engineering Student Award. He is a proud member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Association for A.I., the Association for Computing Machinery, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Ashley Morefield is a member of Fulbright Noir's Board, a national community for Black Fulbright grantees and alumni. Ashley completed her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire in 2018-2019. Currently, she is a Program Assistant at the National Democratic Institute on the Southern & Eastern Africa team. Her portfolio includes programs in Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Uganda. Ashley holds a Bachelor's degree from Dickinson College in French and Francophone Studies and International Studies, with a concentration in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a 2021 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. 

Amri Rigby '19 graduated with a B.S. in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation from the Iovine and Young Academy. Amri was awarded a Fulbright Creative & Performing Arts grant as an at-large applicant to write a feature film script based on a true story in Kampala, Uganda. He is currently directing a feature film.

Event Details

Register to attend the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fRnIOBkRQTqgvtJJfaGvGA