CISLA Happenings

Jennifer De Leon '01 to present, "The Power of Story: Moving Latinas To and Through College."

Connecticut College alumnus and author Jennifer De Leon ’01 will present, "The Power of Story: Moving Latinas To and Through College," on Monday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pepsico Room of Unity House.  De Leon edited "Wise Latinas, Writers on Higher Education," a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education.  Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, "Wise Latinas" shows that there is no one Latina college experience. 

Crisis in Ukraine, a common hour panel discussion, to be held September 24

Sponsored by CISLA, "Crisis in Ukraine", a common hour panel discussion, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Blaustein room 210. Presenters and topics include: “Language and the History of Russo-Ukrainian Relations,” Petko Ivanov, Slavic Studies; “Russian Imperialism, the Soviet Collapse, and Ukraine,” Eileen Kane, History; “Barack Obama, Russia, and Power Politics in Ukraine,” Alex Roberto Hybel, Government and International Relations; “Social Media and the Ukrainian Conflict,” Laura Little, Slavic Studies.  Please join us for this important discussion. All are welcome.

Application process for the Class of 2017

The application process for the CISLA Class of 2017 begins in the fall. Sophomore applicants navigate the rigorous application process and craft written proposals with the assistance of faculty and current CISLA students assigned to them as mentors. Final proposals are due to the CISLA office in November. A committee of 12 faculty and staff will meet in mid-December to select the Class of 2017 and students are notified of the decisions during winter break. The Class of 2017 begins its journey through the CISLA program with the required gateway course, Perspectives on Modern Global Society, team-taught by a group of Connecticut College professors from various disciplines.

Annual United Nations trip

In April 2014, the CISLA Class of 2016 made the annual CISLA sophomore trip to New York City to visit the United Nations and meet with delegates from several countries. In the past, CISLA students have met with delegates from the missions of Argentina, Italy, Iran, Mexico, the United States, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Students have had the opportunity to engage with foreign diplomats in meaningful dialogue on a variety of global issues.

The annual CISLA banquets

During Fall Weekend 2014, CISLA will welcome the families and friends of the Class of 2015 to celebrate the students' completion of their internships at our annual Senior Banquet. CISLA seniors will share their unique experiences abroad and reflect on the common themes of their Senior Integrative Projects. 

CISLA will host its annual Spring Banquet to honor the newly admitted CISLA class and introduce their families and friends to the CISLA program.

Gift for Casa-Nica, Masaya, Nicaragua

Each year, CISLA students raise money at Fall Weekend through the sale of cards made from the winning photographs from the international photo contest. We choose to donate the proceeds to an organization where one of our CISLA students had an internship, and this year we chose Casa-Nica in Masaya, Nicaragua, where Christopher May conducted his internship during the summer of 2013.

Contact Information:

Phone: 860-439-2440

Fax: 860-439-5362


CISLA Office
Fanning 111
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196