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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!





SLCR 2020 Outstanding Students

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Outstanding Seniors, Outstanding Students recipients (both undergraduate and graduate) for the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. The students listed below are deserving of recognition and we want everyone to take a moment to congratulate them. Because of the current situation, we won’t be able to host our annual Awards Ceremony this year, but they should still be recognized and applauded for their efforts and accomplishments. We are immensely proud of them.

Overall Outstanding CES Graduating Senior
Nicklaus McHendry

Overall Outstanding FLC Graduating Senior
Vanessa Giramata

Overall Outstanding Humanities Graduating Senior
Gary Petretto

Overall Outstanding Social Sciences Graduating Senior
Janine Larson

Outstanding Seniors by Language
Chinese: Michael Young
French: Vanessa Giramata
German: Thomas McCutcheon
Japanese: William Meiners
Spanish: Mary Bartlow

Outstanding Students in CES
Freshman: Nicole Jewell
Sophomore: Tawny Bidegain
Junior: Natalia Andrade

Outstanding Students in Chinese
1st year: Jess Schueller and Justin Pilgrim.
2nd year: Soho Divers and Michael Pelczar.
3rd year: Adam Hureau and Laura Bate.
4th year: Michael Young and Jessica Choi.

Outstanding Students in French
100 level: Parker Caillouet and Siena Mandy
200 level: Emma Hedberg and Reid Brown
300 level: Olivia Willis and Claire Martin
400 level: Clayton Barnese and Moriah Peterson

Outstanding Students in German
1st Year: Allie Fay, Ryan Dorosh
2nd Year: Matt Bade, Kerin Ludwig:
3rd Year: Emily Boothman, Krista Brutman:
4th Year: Alida Melse

Outstanding Students in Japanese
1st: Camilla Nisco, Kristine Zorn
2nd: Natalie Brown, Nicholas Kawaguchi
3rd: Kelly Andrew, Brianna Lindgren
4th: Kyle Swygert

Outstanding Students in Spanish
1st Year: Audrey Snedecor, Samantha Hill
2nd Year: Hannah Johnson, Sean Thompson
3rd Year: Taylor Veach, Veronica Arroyo
4th Year: Mary Bartlow, Guillermo Magallanes

Outstanding MA student (Hispanic Studies)
Charles Toye

Outstanding PhD student (American Studies and Culture)
Veronica Sandoval

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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