CLS Program News


Introducing Turkish Culture to Americans: Alyssa Mathias

Alyssa Mathias (CLS 2014 Turkish) is a Ph.D student in ethnomusicology and served as the head of the UCLA Turkish Music Group for the 2014-2015 academic year. She used her Alumni Development Fund to host two cultural workshops at UCLA. The first was a dance workshop with instruction from a Turkish dancer and ethnographer who has a background in a variety of styles from across Turkey. 10 students p...

Rasa’il, Connecting American and Moroccans through Letters

Nicholas Mickinski, Sidney Tolo, Julianna Renzi, Jane McDermott, and Samee Sulaiman (CLS 2014 Arabic) met while studying in Tangier on CLS together. After returning, they decided they wanted to use their knowledge of Arabic and passion for language learning and cultural exchange. They realized the ideal way of doing this would be to organize a pen-pal program connecting American high school studen...

Addressing Gender-based Violence: Yasin Khan

Yasin Khan (CLS 2014 Urdu), a CLS 2014 Urdu Alumni, worked as a Violence Prevention Educator before entering graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health. Through her work, Yasin learned that gender based violence is the leading cause of injury to women in America and around the world; and that women in immigrant communities are particularly vulnerable to abuse due to cultural and linguis...

Chinese Studies for Local Schools in Nashville: Omega Tennant

Omega Tennant (CLS 2014 Chinese), started the Chinese Studies Program in Nashville, TN at MLK Magnet School in 2013, with the goal of extending language learning services and promoting in-depth understanding of the culture behind Mandarin Chinese to students from marginalized backgrounds. Omega used an Alumni Development Fund (ADF) to purchase more materials for the initiative, which she expanded ...