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CTB logoThe KU-based Community Tool Box, a WHO-partnership, is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Their mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources. The SLLC works with the CTB to develop translations of the English texts in the working languages of the UN: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish and help SLLC students develop expertise in applied language study for global healthcare.

The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation (GASF) is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support transition to open and democratic market economies, foster sustainable economic growth, promote stability, and assist cooperation between the countries of post-Soviet states. Since 2013 the GASF has partnered with the SLLC at KU, Gabriel Al-Salem’s alma mater, where he studied Russian language and literature. In 2014 the GASF and the SLLC launched an experiential-learning program for KU students to intern in private companies in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


The Global Language Project (GLP) is an innovative educational movement that seeks to equip disadvantaged public-school students with the skills to compete in a globalized world and work force. Through GLP's free and comprehensive language training program, elementary school students achieve proficiency in Arabic, Mandarin, or Spanish.


Global Professional Search (GPS) is a FREE online job-matching service for candidates with “global” competencies—overseas experience, foreign language, a global mindset—in addition to industry expertise, that connects them with employers who are looking to hire these skills. GPS’s online wizard captures candidates' overseas work, volunteer, and educational experience and translates it into a professional profile that highlights relevant, global competencies. GPS is not a job or résumé board. Instead, GPS uses an algorithm to pre-qualify candidates and match them with employer hiring criteria.


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The International Relations Council (IRC) brings a global perspective to our community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools. The IRC brings world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, hosts forums for high school students to interact with and learn from foreign policy experts, and creates opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. The Irc believes that by promoting global awareness and understanding, and support and strengthen our community.





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The mission of the Kansas World Language Association is to promote and improve the teaching of world languages and cultures; to provide continuing professional development; and to encourage the spirit of cooperation among world language educators in Kansas.




The KU Language Training Center is one of nine federally funded centers that provide foreign language training to active duty and reserve military personnel. Current programs include advanced language courses in Arabic, French, German and Spanish and foundational language courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.


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Project Global Officers is a federally-funded initiative to encourage ROTC students across the country to study critical languages and to develop regional expertise and intercultural skills.  KU is one of twenty-five universities in the U.S. that awards scholarships to study critical languages both on campus and on KU summer study abroad programs.




Steele is a company that is defining the way that skills and knowledge are used in the twenty-first century. In its short history, Steele CIS has employed many KU students and alumni in both contractor and career roles. It has actively sought KU students with foreign-language backgrounds. Moreover, it has provided PhD students with both career opportunities as well as concrete examples of what a non-academic career in foreign-languages looks like today. 




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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