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UC Davis Students Selected for Prestigious Critical Language Scholarships

Five UC Davis students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as 2022 Critical Language Scholars (CLS). Gurshan Rai ’23, Moriah Shih ’23, Charles Sills ‘25, Carlie Whiteman ’23, and a fifth student (anonymous) will spend 8-10 weeks this summer mastering critical languages and improving their cultural competency as part of the program.

CLS in the Press — April 04, 2022


Xavier Evans

Xavier Evans is an alumnus of the 2021 CLS Chinese program hosted virtually by National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. He is a junior at Harvard College studying Computer Science and Linguistics and teaches English to Chinese students at a startup called SetSail. After he graduates, Xavie…

Alumni Profile — April 03, 2022


Max Courval

Max Courval is an alumnus of the 2020 and 2021 CLS Portuguese Program hosted virtually by University of the South of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil. Max received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a minor in Spanish and Urban Planning and is currently a graduate student at the Universi…

Alumni Profile — April 03, 2022


Celebrating Women's History Month with Alumna Eve Rinauro

Meet CLS alumna Eve Rinauro! Eve is an alumna of the 2018 CLS Persian program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Eve’s desire to connect with others through language has been a compass leading her around the world from Morocco, Israel, Egypt and Jordan to London and Paris.  Eve graduated with …

CLS Program News — March 31, 2022


Two awarded Critical Language Scholarships from U.S. State Department

Two Connecticut College students are gearing up for a summer of intensive language study. Julia Graham ’22 and Jordan Westlake ’22 have each received a Critical Language Scholarship from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for 10 weeks of study in an intensive language program.

CLS in the Press — March 30, 2022


Bridget Seghers

Bridget Seghers is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Swahili Program hosted virtually by the MS Training Center for Cooperative Development (MS-TCDC) in Arusha, Tanzania. Bridget is a sophomore Animal Sciences major and Linguistics minor at Louisiana State University. After graduating, she plans to combine…

Alumni Profile — March 26, 2022


Isabel Miramontes

Isabel Miramontes participated in the CLS Arabic 2021 Program hosted virtually by the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) in Meknes, Morocco. Isabel served as a member of the U.S. Navy and graduated with a Masters in Intercultural and International Communication from American Univer…

Alumni Profile — March 26, 2022