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NEWS FROM CONNECTICUT COLLEGE February 2014

Major grant boosts College’s internationalization ambitions


02/18/2014
 Sophomores Dana Sorkin, Lizz Ocampo, and Kaitlin Cunningham teach Russian to New London middle-schoolers at last year's International Student Expo, which was supported by the Mellon Initiative on Foreign Languages.

Sophomores Dana Sorkin, Lizz Ocampo, and Kaitlin Cunningham teach Russian to New London middle-schoolers at last year's International Student Expo, which was supported by the Mellon Initiative on Foreign Languages.

Connecticut College has been awarded $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support international initiatives and foster integration in global studies.

The grant will support initiatives over the next three years to better integrate international experiences into the curriculum and enhance College strategies for global education, including foreign language learning and study abroad.

The College has long prioritized international opportunities in the form of its Traveling Research and Immersion Program (TRIP) and Study Away/Teach Away (SATA), and, increasingly, through internships abroad. The Mellon grant will help prepare students “to engage in the world and ... meaningfully incorporate what they have learned abroad back into the academic program,” said Roger Brooks, dean of the faculty and the Elie Wiesel Professor of Judaic Studies.

Building on the momentum of a $375,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2009, the College will also use the new grant to:

  • Provide enhanced support for Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) programs, which give students the opportunity to enrich their disciplinary studies by taking sections of courses in a foreign language;
  • Launch a new course, “Second Language Acquisition,” to anchor the World Languages Partnership with the Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) in downtown New London, where students teach Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, French and German to elementary school students; and
  • Enhance the Foreign Language Fellows program, through which advanced-level language and international students design and run co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

A 2009 winner of the Sen. Paul A. Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, Connecticut College has a deep commitment to global education that is reflected in the College’s mission to educate students to “put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.”

Over the past decade, more than 2,600 Connecticut College students have studied abroad; since 2010, 49 students have conducted original research in a foreign language in 25 countries. Through the College’s Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, students are able to internationalize any major with intensive language study and a funded internship overseas.