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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences


The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race offers exciting opportunities in education, research, study abroad, and community involvement for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Centered on cultivating deep transdisciplinary understanding of linguistic, cultural, national, social, and racial perspectives in a global context, the school provides students with key knowledge, skills, and experience for success in an increasingly diverse and integrated global society.

We invite you to explore our website and to stop by the main office in Thompson Hall, room 110, to say hello. You can also read about the formation of SLCR and the school’s director in the College of Arts & Sciences Story Hub.

Please visit the WSU COVID-19 website for up-to-date information on university operations.



Message from the Director

(July 2020)

On Monday, July 6, 2020, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an order about international students. Mainly, according to the order, international students “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.” The order specifically stipulates that international students in the United States whose schools have decided to offer online-only classes in the Fall 2020 semester must leave the United States. For details about the order go here.

As Director of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race, I must always uphold its values, including competency in world cultures and languages, cultural understandings of race and race relations, inclusivity and respect for all cultures and national backgrounds, and a true understanding of cultural diversity. I believe the order issued by ICE, the obvious result of fear and even xenophobia, speaks against those values at the expense of our international students and their contributions to the US economy and culture (mainly, international students contribute $41 billion dollars to the US economy every year, universities and research programs depend on revenue from international students, and STEM companies thrive and depend on global talent educated by our universities). In addition, and because of the possible economic strain the order may put universities under, they may feel compelled to operate face to face, risking the heath of students, faculty, and staff.

These are difficult times and we should be supporting each other and our students, not trying to make things more difficult. Students deserve better. Thus, I am in support of any efforts seeking ICE to change their directive, including the following online petition, and the lawsuit against ICE filed by Harvard and MIT.

In solidarity,

Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo
School of Languages, Cultures, and Race



SLCR Spotlight

The Center for Arts and Humanities at WSU Pullman has awarded Spanish Major Nancy Barraza a Pollart scholarship. Barraza was one of two students chosen among close to 100 eligible candidates for this award. Pollart scholarships are awarded to exceptional students  who cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and are deemed to have a bright future ahead.

Confratulations, Nancy!






News & Events

  • New!! Watch Associate Professor John Streamas read two poems here
  • Get the Scoop on SLCR News here
  • French Major Vanessa Giramata was recognized as first Schwarzman distinguished scholarship finalist. See the story here.
  • Cassandra Gulam Recognized for Community Language Project
  • Washington State Magazine Article on Hearts in Motion

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