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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


Advisor Chat: Yee Han Chu

Meet CLS Advisor Yee Han Chu! Yee Han advises for the CLS Program in her role as Academic Support and Fellowship Opportunities Coordinator at University of North Dakota (UND). Yee Han uses an individual-centered approach when advising students, a skill she has honed from years as a clinical social …

CLS Program News — May 26, 2022


Lauren Palmieri

Lauren Palmieri is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Turkish Program hosted virtually by the TÖMER Institute in Bursa, Turkey. Lauren graduated from James Madison University with bachelor's degree in history with an emphasis in Middle East history. Lauren is currently conducting research on female pub…

Alumni Profile — May 23, 2022


Nayla Huq

Nayla Huq is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Indonesian Program hosted virtually by Universitas Negeri Malang in Malang, Indonesia. She is a third-year Sociology PhD student at Stony Brook University. The ability to communicate in Bahasa Indonesian has become central to Nayla’s academic and career goals.…

Alumni Profile — May 23, 2022


Sasha DeLellis

Sasha DeLellis is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Russian Program hosted virtually by KORA Russian Learning Center in Vladmir, Russia. Sasha is in her senior year at Central Michigan University finishing her Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduating later this year, Sasha plans to pursue graduat…

Alumni Profile — May 20, 2022