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Anna Allen was drawn to German because of her ancestry, and she continued her studies of the German language after high school at the urging of her caring teacher. She continued on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in German at KU.

Today, Anna lives in Hamburg, Germany and works as a Copywriter for TBWA/Global Shopper, an international Shopper-Marketing agency with clients such as like Glaxo Smith Kline ‘s Sensodyne, Aquafresh, NiQuitin, and Physiogel,. She puts her journalism and German degrees to good use daily, writing and creating ad campaigns for international and German markets.

Before her career at TBWA/Global Shopper, Anna consulted at Airbus (formerly EADS) in Munich in 2013. Anna’s expert knowledge of the German language and culture allowed enabled her to work this powerful, international organization only a year after graduation. This has given her the edge that ultimately led to her current position in Hamburg.

"Knowledge of German has given me opportunities in positions I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I have lived and worked in two of Germany’s biggest cities and have met people from all over the world in my field by the age of 25. And this is just the beginning.”



1st annual Graduation Ceremony


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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