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Evalyn Knowles

Evalyn Knowles is an alumna of the CLS Portuguese Program hosted virtually by University of the South of Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in Florianopolis, Brazil. Evalyn Knowles is a third-year Sociology student at the University of Loyola in New Orleans. Evalyn is currently studying abroad at the Universi…

Alumni Profile — June 27, 2022


Lauren Sobran

Lauren Sobran is an alumna of the CLS Persian Program hosted virtually by Dushanbe Language Center in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Lauren is committed to lifelong language learning an interest first sparked by French which has expanded to include Chinese and her CLS target language, Persian. Lauren is maj…

Alumni Profile — June 27, 2022


Vanessa Rogers-Wright

Vanessa Rodgers-Wright is an alumna of the CLS Korean Program hosted by Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. Vanessa is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas double majoring in Political Science and International Studies and minoring in TESOL and Asian Studies. Vanessa’s in…

Alumni Profile — June 27, 2022


Voices of Exchange Podcast: Monumental Moments

In Richmond, Virginia, CLS Alumna Julia Beabout (Chinese 2012) and fellow International Exchange Alumnus Grady Hart teamed up to create Monumental Conversations, an augmented reality project that centers on the undertold stories of Black resilience and excellence in Richmond.

CLS in the Press — June 15, 2022


Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Korean Program hosted by Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. Cynthia graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Critical Language and International Studies with a minor in Korean translation and local…

Alumni Profile — June 10, 2022


Pride Month showed me what was possible

Growing up in rural West Virginia in a town of only 544 people, I had resigned myself to never coming out. I was mainly concerned for my safety, but I also feared the judgment and strange looks I would receive from members of my hometown. Yet, seeing thousands of out and proud LGBTQ+ people, like S…

CLS Program News — May 31, 2022