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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.



Message from the Director

(Spring 2020–SLCR in the Times of COVID-19)

The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race urges all members of its community—our students, faculty and staff—to be safe and stay safe during this unprecedented time. We are now under a State Executive Order to stay in our homes, but we are all still working toward our common goal of delivering a high-quality CES instruction and language education together. Our faculty worked extremely hard over the Spring Break to be ready for the process of distance learning. On March 24, 2020 they began with this new format.

Considering the difficulties that lie ahead, I would encourage everyone (students, faculty, and staff) to practice empathy and compassion toward each other. If you are a student experiencing financial difficulties, we encourage you to call the Office of the Dean of Students and inquire about its Student Emergency Fund ( 335-5757 or We also encourage you to stay in touch with your classmates and your professors–make sure you communicate with your professors. This is of utmost importance.

And for everyone: Let’s continue to use social media to stay in touch with each other and to tell our stories, as we develop new ways of working and new ways of learning. Academics are consecrated storytellers, and we need to tap into that particular skill set right now to document this new reality as it unfolds.

Stay safe and be well,

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

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



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.
  • Japanese Anime Characters Help Teach Language, Culture Skills
  • Cassandra Gulam Recognized for Community Language Project
  • Washington State Magazine Article on Hearts in Motion

SLCR Office

Thompson Hall 110

Staff of The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race are currently complying with the “Stay Home Stay Safe” Executive Order Issued by Governor Jay Inslee.

However, we are still available through phone, email, and other technology.

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