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Giving to the SLLC

Help the SLLC to fulfill its mission

The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures can sustain its resources and make them available widely only with your support for student opportunities – awards, scholarships, and remunerated internships.

We want to make transformative foreign language education and study abroad opportunities available to meritorious students and, especially, give all meritorious students, regardless of means, equal access to a world-class education with foreign language study as an integral part of it. Therefore, we are actively fundraising to support the SLLC programs through private donations, as well as seeking support from private foundations and public granting organizations. Without the support of our generous alumni and friends, however, we can never hope to sustain our offerings.

Here are our funding priorities:

  1. Unrestricted funds - used for guest lectures, enrichment events for students, seizing growth opportunities.
  2. Scholarship funds for students.
  3. Professional development funds to sustain quality teaching and curriculum.
  4. Facilities - improving the Wescoe Hall space; building the missing tower on Wescoe Hall (would you like your name on it?)

If you would like to invest in our students, please consider supporting the SLLC either through a one-time donation via our secure site, or contact me directly ( if you would like to consider a named fund. You may also work with our KU Endowment representative, Mr. Dan Simon (


Marc L. Greenberg
Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Mailing address:

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 2080
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594, USA

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Giving to our Departments

If you would like to make a gift to a specific department, we invite you to explore their respective donor information by clicking on the units below.

Departmento of African & African-American Studies
Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Department of French & Italian
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Department of Spanish & Portuguese

About Iranian & Persianate Studies at the University of Kansas

Iranians have played a prominent role in shaping the intellectual, cultural and sociopolitical landscape of the region since antiquity. Indeed, Iran and the Persianate world constitute an increasingly important region in the geopolitics of the twenty-first century world. Recognizing such historical significance, the Persian language program was started by the Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS) and the Center of Russian and East European Studies (CREES) in fall 2010 and the program grew so much so that the university began to offer three years of language training in elementary, intermediate and advanced-level Persian to students since fall 2013.Our students have received the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship for summer overseas Persian language and cultural immersion program in Tajikistan and the coveted Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for their language studies at the KU or study abroad in Tajikistan.

The Persian program (housed in CGIS) has been organizing cultural programs, film screenings, and lectures in order to engage and educate the KU community about the rich Persian culture and history. The Persian Cultural Festival, held annually around the Persian New Year and mainly cosponsored by CGIS and the Persian Club, has been highly successful in drawing large audience to its events. The Persian Club, founded by the first Persian language class in 2010, has grown to become a vibrant platform for the Iranian and non-Iranian friends of Persian on campus.

Objectives of the Iranian & Persianate Studies Fund

The Iranian & Persianate studies fund will greatly enhance the program’s abilities to engage in Persian-related academic and cultural activities and increase prospects for developing an undergraduate and/or graduate program in this field of study, for which the conducive environment is also created by the improving US-Iran relations and the growing interest in the Middle East Studies at the University of Kansas. 

This fund will allow us to support our students with a new scholarship, which will be awarded to undergraduate students, studying Iranian & Persian language, literature and culture, and meritorious graduate students with high GPAs pursuing research on aspects of Iranian & Persianate societies in any discipline. Further, the Persian Studies Fund will also be a funding source for educational and cultural events, professional enrichment of students through travel grants and language partnerships, and visiting scholars. 

Any amount to support the Iranian & Persianate studies fund is welcome and will be put to good use and directly benefit our students. Donate here to the Iranian & Persianate Studies Fund.
The donations go through the KU Endowment Association and are secure and tax deductible in the US. More detail about the modes of giving through KUEA is available here


Faculty contact for Persian Studies

Dr. Razi Ahmad
Wescoe Hall, Room 2096


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