College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Yuki Onogi earned his master’s in Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies in 2011 from KU. After graduating from KU, he went on to earn a second master’s from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 2013.

Currently employed in the financial sector in Chicago, Yuki has seven languages under his belt, which come in handy as he covers both the Balkans and Eurasia in his current position. A native Japanese speaker, Yuki has gone on to learn English, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish and Russian, and even picked up a little Czech and Italian along the way.

“Because I am a Japanese national with background in Slavic languages, I actually have leverage in networking with Slavs at organizations, such as the U.N. I can also conduct research in these languages and can provide information only written in these languages to others.”

“I have a broad understanding of regional affairs in both former Soviet states and the Middle East together. Since ethnic complexity of these regions tends to be incomprehensible to non-regional experts, ethno-linguistic background in the region has been extremely helpful to understand and explain the ongoing regional issue (Thanks to the Slavic department and its affiliated professors!)”



1st annual Graduation Ceremony


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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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