Marin County Workforce Investment Board Director, Racy Ming has received a Criminal Justice Fulbright Award to enable her to conduct research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion in London on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.
As a participant, Ming has been selected from a strong applicant pool to examine the ways in which the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice and Department of Work and Pensions are collaborating to assist ex-offenders with re-entry and finding gainful employment post-release.
“As a Fulbright Scholar, I am excited to learn how our British counterparts work across government divisions to assist those with barriers to employment,” said Ming. “I am extremely honored to have been selected for this award and to represent the County of Marin abroad.”
In addition to serving as the Marin County Workforce Investment Board Director, Ming also oversees the county’s Employment and Training Branch, operated by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. As such, she manages federal, state and local programs that assist job seekers and employers. In her tenure, Ming has spearheaded several innovative collaborations to help adults and youth find employment such as Youth Working for Change, a program that places young adults, involved with the juvenile justice system, in paid internships.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited United States (US) or United Kingdom (UK) university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.
The commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.