Happenings in 2016-2017

Nam Hoang '17

Nam Hoang was awarded a Critical Languages Scholarship to spend the summer studying Chinese in Taiwan.

Alex McDevitt '17 and Ramzi Kaiss '17

Alexandra McDevitt was chosen to go to Bogotá, Columbia for the 16th World Summit for Nobel Peace Laureates from February 2-5.  She attended with fellow senior Ramzi Kaiss.  Because earlier in the year they had participated in the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, they were offered a spot in the Youth Delegation at this prestigious conference.  Alex says, “In addition to hearing from President Santos and other members of his cabinet, we met Nobel Peace laureates from all over the world. Almost all of the 25 laureates on stage had remarkable stories to tell.” See the full article here:https://www.conncoll.edu/the-experience/to-bogota-for-peace.html#.WRHneonyu34 

Jiho Park '18

Jiho Park studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, for the 2016-2017 academic year.  He was invited to present his research at Georgetown University in Qatar at the Middle Eastern Studies Student Association  (MESSA) Conference.  His presentation was titled “Power, Influence and Authority in the Middle East.”  

Annette Davis '18 and Emma Race '18

Annette Davis, a student in the Holleran Center, and Emma Race, a CISLA scholar, were awarded $10,000 through the Projects for Peace initiative. The vision of philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, Projects for Peace challenges college students to create and test their own ideas for spreading peace across the world. Their project, “Caring for the Future: Helping Families Help Themselves,” was one of 120 projects funded last year. Annette had spent a gap year in Ecuador and saw the need for child care for working families.  The students partnered with Burbujitas de Luz, a preschool in Quito, Ecuador, to launch an evening care program that will serve children ages 3-5 from 4-8 p.m. daily. They offered enrichment activities, outside playtime and a light and healthy dinner. Annette and Emma hope to extend the reach of their community-driven program by collaborating with other childcare centers, as well as forging relationships with local organizations capable of funding such programs. They will also be conducting research on food inequality and linguistic inequality.

“I’m most excited about meeting inspiring people and learning from what is already happening with affordable childcare in Ecuador,” Emma said. You can read their blog at AnnetteandEmma.blogspot.com.

Application Process for the Class of 2020

The application process for the CISLA Class of 2020 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 October. A committee of 12 faculty and staff will meet in late October to select the Class of 2020 and students are notified of the decisions before the start of preregistration. The Class of 2020 begins its journey through the 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 2017, the CISLA Class of 2019 made the annual CISLA sophomore trip to New York City to visit the United Nations and meet with delegates from Germany and Mexico. In the past, the students have met with delegates from the missions of Argentina, Italy, Mexico, France, Iran, the United States, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Students had the opportunity to engage with foreign diplomats in meaningful dialogue on a variety of global issues.

The Annual CISLA Banquets

During Fall Weekend 2016, CISLA welcomed the families and friends of the Class of 2017 to celebrate the students' completion of their internships at our annual Senior Banquet. CISLA seniors shared their unique experiences abroad and reflected on the common themes of their Senior Integrative Projects. 

On February 25, 2017 CISLA hosted its annual Spring Banquet to honor the newly admitted CISLA Class of 2019 and introduced their families and friends to the CISLA program.

2016 Fulbright Recipients


Stephanie Reeves '16

Having already interned, worked and studied in Russia as a scholar in the College’s Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), Stephanie Reeves is looking forward to deepening her knowledge of Russian language, culture, food, history and literature as a 2016 Fulbright fellow.


Leela Riesz '16

An anthropology major and Hispanic studies minor from Northampton, Massachusetts, Leela Riesz studied abroad in Spain, completed an internship there with an NGO that addresses issues faced by both immigrant and Gitano communities, and conducted research on the experience of Muslim immigrants to the country. Riesz, an avid singer and member of the College’s all-female a cappella group MissConduct and the community action and arts initiative Souled Out, hopes to offer singing and acting workshops for the high school students at her school in Spain. She will also play a leading role in preparing students for the Global Classrooms: Model United Nations program.