Alumni Development Fund
The CLS Alumni Development Fund (ADF) periodically offers small grants to alumni
of the CLS Program through a competitive application process. The ADF has provided opportunities for alumni to continue their language
learning, pursue career development goals, and participate in community
outreach related to CLS languages and their corresponding world
regions. Particular emphasis is placed on projects with an impact beyond
the individual applicant, reaching students, CLS alumni, or others in
The ADF is not currently open for applications.
Examples of previous Alumni Development Fund projects can be found below.
Anika Kabani (Arabic 2016), a 2018 ADF recipient, worked with a local language cooperative to host Arabic classes at Sanctuary for Families, the non-profit organization where she works in New York City, NY. The Arabic classes took place weekly on Thursdays from January 31, 2019 to March 14, 2019 for a total of seven two-hour sessions. The sessions were offered to colleagues at her...
Clara Haizlett (Arabic 2017), a 2018 ADF recipient, utilized her Alumni Development Fund grant to begin a podcasting project to challenge common stereotypes of the Arab world. The Sandstone Podcast was geared toward an audience in her home state of West Virginia and aimed to provide an accessible educational source of information about the Middle East for her fellow West Virginians and...
Wendy Gong (Chinese 2018), Taina Orellana (Chinese 2018), and Nicole Rojas (Chinese 2017), 2018 ADF recipients, organized an event at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City with the aim of educating the public on resources for Asian Americans. The goals were to have a dialogue and educational programming on current issues pertinent to the Asian American community. Speakers...
Eric Young (Arabic 2015), Joshua Von Trapp (Arabic 2016), Henry Thompson (Arabic 2017) and Aaron Davis (Arabic 2015), 2017 ADF recipients, launched a series of 20 lectures delivered by thirteen different speakers in Arabic at Brigham Young University. Each lecture was preceded by a consultation with the speaker that served to help the speaker select a culturally interesting topic and tailor...
Ben Yarbrough (Chinese 2011) & Lin Yuan (Chinese 2011), 2017 ADF receipients, organized a project to provide education and outreach services for the caregivers and family members of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the Chinese-speaking community in New York. The event aimed to support the linguistic and professional development of the two CLS alumni involved and promote CaringKind’s goal of...