College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Rex Niswander

Advisory Board Chair
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Rex Niswander, Of Counsel with Morrison & Foerster (NYC), has worked as a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years. He is primarily engaged in representing non-U.S. clients and their U.S. subsidiaries and has broad experience in corporate and commercial matters for clients in the pharmaceutical, electronics, financial, manufacturing, media, and other industries. Recently he has been focusing his work on the Global Language Project, for which he serves as the Chair of the Board. He is also Executive Producer of GLP Music. GLP's mission is to provide free foreign language classes to disadvantaged K–6 public school students. Last but not least, he is Executive Director of Laughing Buddha Records, which produces high-quality albums with a focus on East Asian music. His KU BA was in Mandarin and East Asian Studies. He has also studied Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan languages and cultures.

Areas of Focus: Mandarin and East Asian languages. International corporate law and international education.



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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