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Alumni Ambassadors

CLS 2020 Alumni Ambassadors

Alum­ni Ambas­sadors are select­ed through a com­pet­i­tive process each year. We look for alum­ni who have reflect­ed on the suc­cess­es and chal­lenges of their expe­ri­ence and want to share their excite­ment for lan­guage learn­ing and the CLS Pro­gram with others.

Alum­ni Ambas­sadors engage with all CLS alum­ni and rep­re­sent the pro­gram to var­i­ous audi­ences, includ­ing prospec­tive CLS par­tic­i­pants, pro­gram final­ists, uni­ver­si­ty staff, and the gen­er­al pub­lic. For exam­ple, Alum­ni Ambas­sadors fre­quent­ly orga­nize online or in-per­son essay-writ­ing work­shops lead­ing up to the CLS appli­ca­tion dead­line, give class­room pre­sen­ta­tions and infor­ma­tion ses­sions about the CLS Pro­gram at col­lege study abroad fairs oth­er events, and orga­nize events for alum­ni in their com­mu­ni­ties, among oth­er activities.

Typ­i­cal activ­i­ties of an Alum­ni Ambas­sador include:

  • Gen­er­al CLS and/​or coun­ty-spe­cif­ic pre­sen­ta­tions to appli­cants or advisors
  • Par­tic­i­pat­ing in online forums
  • Shar­ing their pro­gram expe­ri­ences with prospec­tive CLS scholars
  • Respond­ing to ques­tions from future CLS par­tic­i­pants as needed
  • Speak­ing on pan­els at con­fer­ences and CLS Pro­gram events

2021 alum­ni are eli­gi­ble to apply to be 2022 Alum­ni Ambas­sadors. The dead­line for the 2022 Alum­ni Ambas­sador appli­ca­tion is Fri­day, Novem­ber 19, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

2021 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Abigail Hawkins

Arabic 2020
Muscat, Oman

Abiodun Adeoye

Swahili 2020
Arusha, Tanzania

Shabbir Abbas

Persian 2020
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Maya Best

Bangla 2020
Kolkata, India

Eileen Calub

Turkish 2020
Ankara, Turkey

Max Courval

Portuguese 2020
Florianópolis, Brazil

Tima Dasouki

Turkish 2020
Bursa, Turkey

Julie Emory

Japanese 2020
Okayama, Japan

Imani Everett

Korean 2020
Gwangju, South Korea

Liz George

Hindi 2020
Jaipur, India

Ramil Mercado

Indonesian 2020
Malang, Indonesia

Daniel Rothberg

Russian 2020
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Preston Semenuk

Chinese 2020
Tainan, Taiwan

Clara Sherwood

Arabic 2020
Meknes, Morocco

Patrick Thompson

Chinese 2020
Dalian, China

Olivia Truesdale

Korean 2020
Gwangju, South Korea

2020 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Aisac Marie Accad

Indonesian 2019
Malang, Indonesia

Alyssa Harvie

Swahili 2019
Arusha, Tanzania

Anabel Reyes-Ovalles

Portuguese 2019
Florianópolis, Brazil

Bridget O'Connor

Japanese 2019
Okayama, Japan

Chelsea Cervantes De Blois

Azerbaijani 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan

Conor McMahon

Chinese 2019
Tainan, Taiwan

Darlene Janice Nieves Cruz

Korean 2019
Busan, South Korea

Eric Brink

Chinese 2019
Changchun, China

Joy Cariño

Indonesian 2019
Malang, Indonesia

Kaitlyn Johnson

Russian 2019
Tbilisi, Georgia

Kian Thomas

Japanese 2019
Okayama, Japan

Kimber Young

Chinese 2019
Dalian, China

Luana Davila

Arabic 2019
Meknes, Morocco

Madeleine Rodish

Arabic 2019
Tangier, Morocco

Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin

Persian 2019
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Monique Bowie

Turkish 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan

Nikidrea Rey

Russian 2019
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ramisa Murshed

Korean 2019
Gwangju, South Korea

Sarah Stackhouse

Urdu 2019
Lucknow, India

Sofia Velasquez

Turkish 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan

Stephanie Downing

Hindi 2019
Jaipur, India

Sydney Ward

Arabic 2019
Amman, Jordan

Eram Mallick

Urdu 2019
Lucknow, India

2019 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Simone Yuille

Swahili 2018
Arusha, Tanzania

Aasha Shaik

Arabic 2018
Amman, Jordan

Bethany Mazurek

Korean 2018
Busan, South Korea

Camille Bismonte

Indonesian 2018
Malang, Indonesia

Emily Wood

Indonesian 2018
Malang, Indonesia

Ethan Jewell

Korean 2018
Gwangju, South Korea

Heba Haleem

Arabic 2018
Meknes, Morocco

Holden Fitzgerald

Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China

Jacob Burch-Konda

Turkish 2018
Baku, Azerbaijan

Jane Palomera Moore

Japanese 2018
Hikone, Japan

Jasmine Kinkead

Bangla 2018
Kolkata, India

Jason Chen

Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China

Katherine Schmidt

Azerbaijani 2018
Baku, Azerbaijan

Luiza Daude Laurents

Russian 2018
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Mahli Knutson

Japanese 2018
Hikone, Japan

Naimul Chowdhury

Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China

Olivia Moffett

Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China

Sarah Juarez

Chinese 2018
Suzhou, China

Sarina Haryanto

Indonesian 2018
Malang, Indonesia

Taina Orellana

Chinese 2018
Tainan, Taiwan

Tara Casebolt

Hindi 2018
Jaipur, India

Tyler Le

Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tyler Young

Russian 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia

2018 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Halcyon Ruskin

Azerbaijani 2017
Baku, Azerbaijan

Paula Zhang

Korean 2017
Gwangju, South Korea

Troy Spier

Swahili 2017
Arusha, Tanzania

Ariana Pemberton

Hindi 2017
Jaipur, India

Wendy van Giezen

Chinese 2017
Changchun, China

Akshayaa Chittibabu

Korean 2017
Gwangju, South Korea

Jessica Garross

Urdu 2017
Lucknow, India

Baltazar Hernandez

Russian 2017
Vladimir, Russia

Adam Matvya

Punjabi 2017
Chandigarh, India

Kerry Burgott

Bangla 2017
Kolkata, India

Tristan Hilderbrand

Japanese 2017
Hikone, Japan

Tucker Boyce

Turkish 2017
Baku, Azerbaijan

Halina Shatravka

Russian 2017
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

John Black

Arabic 2017
Amman, Jordan

Leisha Guzman Torres

Chinese 2017
Suzhou, China

Ethan McHugh

Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman

Kyla Harrison

Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman

Sarah Whipple

Arabic 2017
Meknes, Morocco

Aaron Yang

Chinese 2017
Changchun, China

Betty Nen

Indonesian 2017
Malang, Indonesia

2017 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Catherine Smith

Arabic 2016
Ibri, Oman

Ermida Koduah

Arabic 2016
Tangier, Morocco

Sheen Atwa

Arabic 2016
Tangier, Morocco

Lon Gibson

Azerbaijani 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

Paige Giarmona

Bangla 2016
Kolkata, India

Abena Amoakuh

Chinese 2016
Dalian, China

Caitlyn Carpio

Chinese 2016
Suzhou, China

Jacqualine Asuquo

Chinese 2016
Tainan, Taiwan

Omar Albert

Chinese 2016
Changchun, China

Elizabeth Purdy

Hindi 2016
Jaipur, India

Helen Jiang

Indonesian 2016
Malang, Indonesia

Michael Mauer

Japanese 2016
Hikone, Japan

Sonia Kim

Korean 2016
Gwangju, South Korea

Morgan Burdick

Punjabi 2016
Chandigarh, India

Maria Folvarska

Russian 2016
Vladimir, Russia

Sabrina Hassan

Swahili 2016
Arusha, Tanzania

Isabelle McRae

Turkish 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

Harrison Akins

Urdu 2016
Lucknow, India

Anesce Dremen

Chinese 2016
Suzhou, China

Marlena McDaniel

Korean 2016
Gwangju, South Korea

Andy Marshall

Swahili 2016
Arusha, Tanzania

Leona Amosah

Russian 2016
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Isabelle McRae

Turkish 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

2016 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Amber Barrow

Chinese 2015
Dalian, China

Daniel Bromberg

Persian 2015
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Kiana Chan

Chinese 2015
Beijing, China

Alessia De Vitis

Punjabi 2013
Chandigarh, India

Hailey Dickson

Hindi 2015
Jaipur, India

Isra Eldosougi

Arabic 2015
Madaba, Jordan

Dana Fager

Japanese 2011
Kyoto, Japan

Jauhara Ferguson

Arabic 2015
Ibri, Oman

Mycal Ford

Chinese 2015
Xi'an, China

Patrick Harned

Arabic 2015
Madaba, Jordan

Gretta Herrin

Chinese 2015
Dalian, China

Andrea Howard

Azerbaijani 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan

Kirstin Johnson

Korean 2014
Wonju, South Korea

Heleana Melendez

Russian 2015
Vladimir, Russia

Alex Miller

Indonesian 2015
Malang, Indonesia

Qimmah Najeeullah

Arabic 2015
Madaba, Jordan

Kathryn Robison

Turkish 2015
Ankara, Turkey

Garik Sadovy

Indonesian 2012
Malang, Indonesia

Liz Thomas

Bangla 2013
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Laura Viera

Korean 2015
Gwangju, South Korea

Isaiah Weaver

Urdu 2015
Lucknow, India

Erin West

Turkish 2015
Bursa, Turkey

Andrea Howard

Azerbaijani 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan

2014 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Alexis Sammarco

Arabic 2014
Nizwa, Oman

Amanda Wolfenbarger

Azerbaijani 2013
Baku, Azerbaijan

Andres Fernandez

Russian 2014
Kazan, Russia

Belle Cheves

Persian 2014
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Benjamin Simington

Hindi 2014
Jaipur, India

Caitlin Scholl

Arabic 2014
Morocco

Dervla McDonnell

Japanese 2014
Himeji, Japan

Emily Goshey

Persian 2014
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Joshua Trinidad
Japanese 2012
Kyoto, Japan

Kate Wallner

Hindi 2013
Jaipur, India

Kathy Kim

Korean 2014
Wonju, South Korea

Leah Berkebile

Arabic 2014
Tangier, Morocco

Madeline Ruid

Turkish 2014
Ankara, Turkey
Mariam Waqar
Indonesian 2014
Malang, Indonesia

Rebecca Mueller

Turkish 2014
Bursa, Turkey

Ryan Mandado

Chinese 2014
Suzhou, China

Zabe Shafi

Turkish 2014
Bursa, Turkey
Zala Ahmadzaa
Urdu 2014
Lucknow, India

2012 Alumni Ambassador Profiles


Dana Fager

Japanese 2011
Kyoto, Japan