Black Internationalization for a Post-COVID Era


  • Tonija Hope Howard University



HBCUs, Black Internationalism


As many of you have been doing over the last two years, I have been giving a lot of thought to the state of international education as we rebuild and reimagine it. My focus is on rebuilding and reimagining international education for the world we want to live in. I believe that historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) offer important lessons on internationalization that have often been overlooked. There is a rich history of international engagement at HBCUs that has been ignored or excluded. Black Internationalism, a term into which I delve deeper in this essay, has been around for a long time; I use this term to guide this essay and to begin to rescue some of that history. The result is an alternative approach to internationalization.


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Author Biography

Tonija Hope, Howard University

Ms. Tonija Hope serves as the Director of the RJ Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University where she oversees the strategic vision for the Center and all programming. She is committed to facilitating relationships between and among people of different cultures, and particularly to exposing young people from underserved communities, domestically and internationally, to opportunities for travel and education abroad. She received her BA in Latin American Studies/Spanish from Macalester College and her Master’s in Tourism Administration/International Education from George Washington University. She is currently completing her PhD at Howard University. 


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How to Cite

Hope, T. (2022). Black Internationalization for a Post-COVID Era. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(4), 465–479.



Special Section on International Education at HBCUs