People on the outside looking in often misunderstand Appalachia’s cultural ways and traditions. Those same attitudes are often leveled at people from the Middle East. The new student podcast Sandstone, by Clara Haizlett, seeks to introduce people from both cultures, with the aim of developing greater understanding between them.
Clara Haizlett (Arabic 2017) received funding through the Alumni Development Fund to start a podcast project called the “Sandstone Podcast,” which is designed to provide an accessible educational source of information about the Middle East for her fellow West Virginians and which explores connections between those living in Appalachia and the Arab world.
CLS Alumna Ermida Koduah (Arabic 2016) and her cousin Jasmine Oduro are interviewed about their blogging project "Being Black In," a platform created for black travelers to freely share tips, lessons and personal experiences abroad.
CLS In the Press — Shared from American Councils for International Education on November 12, 2019
In 2019, Macalester Portuguese minor Gloria Odoemelam was awarded the highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship to study Portuguese in Brazil. Now Portuguese professor Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz is looking to build on his program's successes.