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CLS Refresh Spotlight: Victor Yau

Meet hip-hop diplomat Victor Yau! Victor is an alumnus of the 2015 CLS Korean Program in Gwangju, South Korea and the 2021 CLS Refresh Program. For Victor, what began as a fascination with Korean breaking — the proper term for ‘breakdancing’ —  has evolved into a public diplomacy career as a U…

CLS Program News — January 26, 2022

Advisor Chat: Heather Sweetser

Meet Heather Sweetser— CLS Program Advisor, 2007 Arabic alumna and overall rockstar. Heather advises for CLS at University of New Mexico where she has taught Arabic for over seven years. Heather’s Arabic language journey began in 1998 when she enlisted as a linguist in the U.S. Army. An unsatisfact…

CLS Program News — January 25, 2022

CLS Refresh Spotlight: Liz Adema

Meet 2016 CLS Swahili Scholar and Refresh participant, Liz Adema! Liz participated in the CLS Swahili program in Arusha, Tanzania six years ago and in the time since her motivation to learn Swahili has become even stronger.   Liz’s husband is Kenyan and…

CLS Program News — January 14, 2022

2021 Alumni Ambassador Year in Review

In a second year with challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alumni Ambassadors brought enthusiasm, expertise, and generosity of time to their roles supporting the CLS Program and promoting language study in their communities. We are always grateful to Alumni Ambassadors for their commitme…

CLS Program News — January 12, 2022

CLS Refresh Spotlight: Audrey Petersen

Audrey Petersen has worked as a nurse for over a decade and currently serves as a French Linguist for the Florida National Guard. She is a 2010 and 2011 alumna of the CLS Bangla program in Dhaka, Bangladesh and recently participated in CLS Refresh at the American Institute of Indian Studies. I…

CLS Program News — January 03, 2022

Chinese Language and Identity with Alumna Sarah Sabal

Sarah Sabal is a 2021 alumna of the CLS Chinese virtual program hosted by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, Taiwan. This past summer, Sarah brought a unique perspective to her cohort as a student with a disability and as a heritage learner of Chinese. Sarah grew up in an orphanage i…

CLS Program News — December 13, 2021