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Richardton resident to receive State Department scholarship

Cheydon Paulson has received the Critical Language Scholarship, a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The language scholarship is a challenging process, one that sees about 10% of applicants accepted and for a rural North Dakota school like Richardton to have a student selected in no small feat — an example highlighting their strong academic focus.

CLS in the Press — April 19, 2021


Girls’ Literacy in Rural Rajasthan

Mrinalini Watson (Hindi 2018), Nicholas Thomason (Hindi 2018), Sophia Seidenberg (Hindi 2018), and Ella Parsons (Hindi 2018), 2018 ADF recipients, completed a project to support teenage girls’ literacy in rural Rajasthan. They engaged 28 girls between the ages of 12 and 20 who had dropped out of sc…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Kids Change the World: Stories for Global Health Diplomacy

Amanda Yao (Chinese 2019), Benjamin Gertsen (Chinese 2008, 2009), and Christopher Yao (Chinese 2015), with their global health diplomacy organization, Kids Change the World, have worked in recent years to raise funds to provide corrective surgeries for children born with cleft lip and/or palate. To…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


The Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics

In 2017, CLS Alumni Development Fund recipient Troy Spier (Swahili 2017) and several African colleagues who sought a venue for advanced graduate students and junior scholars to share their work founded the Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics, an open-access journal. In recent years, Troy…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Chinese New Year Celebration

Olivia Moffett (Chinese 2018) used her Alumni Development Fund grant to host a successful Chinese New Year celebration for Washington D.C.-area CLS alumni in early February 2020. She offered a learning opportunity by engaging a speaker from the George Washington University Confucius Institute and…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Mongolian Short Story and Essay Project

Supported by a 2020 CLS Alumni Development Fund grant Aubrey Menard (Russian 2013) ran a Mongolian short story and essay writing competition as part of her commitment to help more Mongolians, who are very underrepresented in publication, share their own stories with the world. She engaged nine pr…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Chai & Chobi: Iraqi Culture Night

Rawan Mandwee (Arabic 2018) received a CLS Alumni Development Fund award to host the first annual Chai & Chobi: Iraqi Culture night with the Iraqi Student Association at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in early March. The aim of the event was to provide a space for students with Iraqi backgr…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021