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Inaugural Scholarship Recipients Announced

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Press Release

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For immediate Release:

Lawrence, KS (April 14, 2016) – The University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (SLLC) announces the recipients of the inaugural Foreign Language Scholarship.

Four future Jayhawks have been awarded the inaugural scholarship, as they committed to continue their foreign language education at KU and elect to major in a new foreign language. The scholarship awarded is in the amount of $1,000.00 and will be renewable for one year.

The inaugural recipients are: Malak Allan of Overland Park, KS; Ellie Augustine of Overland Park, KS; Matthew Cavender of Salina, KS and Erika Sertic of Franklin, WI. All awardees have accepted the scholarship and are set to begin their studies at the University of Kansas in the fall of 2016.

“I am very pleased to welcome these new multilingual Jayhawks to KU. These students understand that global mobility is no longer optional – organizations increasingly select employees who can function abroad in other languages and cultures,” says Marc Greenberg, Director of the SLLC. “KU’s 40 languages and culture curriculum are integral to what it means to have a 21st-century education. These students will join many of our successful alumni who have combined language, culture, and other skills to compete for the best jobs in the global economy.”

The KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures was established in the fall of 2014 in order to demonstrate the prominence of language and culture offerings at KU. More than 40 different languages are offered through the SLLC, preparing students for global opportunities and enabling them to engage at home and abroad with various languages and understanding of cultural context. The SLLC is poised to meet Kansas’ share of the enormous and still-growing national needs for foreign language and cultural competence.



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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