CLS Program News


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 ...

Supporting Diverse Learners of Korean: Kirstin Johnson

Kirstin Johnson (CLS 2015 and 2014 Korean) returned from Korea concerned about how to progress with her language learning. Her university offers neither courses in Korean nor any study abroad opportunities in Korea. She realized that teaching what she knew would be a great way of working on her Korean as it would help motivate her in her independent study and help retain information through freque...

Amber Barrow
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Amber Barrow is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Chinese program in Dalian, China. She is originally from Opelousas, Louisiana, but spent her childhood in Houston, Texas; she is currently a junior at Syracuse University, where she studies neuroscience and biology. When she’s not doing research and preparing for medical school, she does ballet and binge-watches Korean dramas. Why Chinese? ...