CLS Program News


Wendy van Giezen
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Wendy van Giezen is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Chinese program in Changchun, China. Wendy graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and global & international studies. She is currently preparing for graduate school, where she will pursue a Master of Public Health. Wendy enjoys a good read, tea culture, learning to cook local cuisines, and sharing her love for study...

Akshayaa Chittibabu
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Akshayaa Chittibabu is an alumna of 2017 CLS Korean program in Gwangju, South Korea. Akshayaa is currently in her senior year as a pre-med student at the University of Connecticut, double-majoring in Biological Sciences and Sociology. She plans to pursue an MD/MPP dual degree and a career in public service as a physician. Akshayaa hopes to use her medical training to provide care to immigrant and ...

Jessica Garross
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Jessica Garross is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Urdu program in Lucknow, India. Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international business economics with minors in Arabic and international development. In her free time, Jessica likes to run, read, and be outdoors. In the future, Jessica plans to use her Urdu skills to work in refugee res...

Baltazar Hernandez
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Baltazar Hernandez is an alumnus of the 2017 CLS Russian program in Vladimir, Russia. Baltazar grew up in Chandler, Arizona and completed a bachelor’s degree program in public policy and business at Arizona State University. In 2017, Baltazar interned at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. He now works as a center coordinator at School of Politics & Global Studies at his alma ma...