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Ermida Koduah

Ermida Koduah is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Tangier, Morocco. She is currently a senior at the University of Albany and will be graduating with degrees in political science and globalization studies. After she graduates, Ermida plans to either work for an NGO or join the Foreign Service. She also plans on pursuing a master’s degree in international development. Ermida was born in ...


Elizabeth Purdy

Elizabeth Purdy is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Hindi program in Jaipur, India. She currently studies at the University of Washington with a major in social welfare. In 2015, she received her Associate of Arts degree from North Seattle College. Elizabeth’s passion for languages ties in to her love of learning about other cultures and connecting with people across cultural boundaries. She frequently v...


Harrison Akins

Harrison Akins is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Urdu program in Lucknow, India. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Tennessee, focusing on international relations and public policy. In the future, he plans to continue writing about terrorism, minority discrimination, intra-state conflict, South Asia, and Islamic culture and politics. Harrison grew up in a small...


Sheen Atwa

Sheen Atwa is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Tangier, Morocco. He is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University Perimeter College majoring in political science and foreign languages. He is also a 2016-2017 fellow for the National Network of Arab American Communities. Sheen connects with his cultural identity by cooking Egyptian food, playing the darabooka (Egyptian drum), and ...