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

Message from the Director

Dear Students, Alumni, and Wider WSU Community:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. This new and ambitious project is the result of faculty in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Foreign Languages and Cultures coming together to create a unit dedicated to the study of language and cultural production, as well as social justice and social transformation.

The process leading to the formation of the school took two years and brings together students and faculty at four WSU campuses (Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Global) who are interested in a diverse array of academic areas and fields of inquiry. These fields of inquiry include: African American studies; Asian Pacific American studies; cultures of Europe, Latin America, and Asia; embodiment; ethnic/racial and cultural identity; language acquisition; language pedagogy; Latina/o Studies; linguistics; literatures from around the world; popular culture and cultural productions in the U.S. and around the globe (including cultural texts, film, media, television, and sports); rhetoric on race and racism; social movements; theories of race and ethnicity; and textual translations.

SLCR faculty look forward to offering bachelor of arts degrees in comparative ethnic studies and foreign languages, with numerous specializations, including French, German, international studies, Japanese, and Spanish. Options for minors span Chinese, comparative ethnic studies, French area studies, film, German, global studies, Japanese, Latin American area studies, popular culture, Russian, American Indian studies, and Spanish.

SLCR will offer master of arts degrees in American studies and in Hispanic Studies as well as a doctorate in American Studies.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the school staff who manage so many of the day-to-day details and will be integral to keeping the school functioning properly: Sherley Alvarez, Amira Albagshi, Melissa Bills, and Ben Weller. I would also like to acknowledge our advisors Anna Chow, Laurie Heustis, Theresa Lavoie, and Alma Rocha for the amazing work they do. Finally, thanks to Lauren Jasmer, Daniel Liera-Huchim, and Maddie Goebel, who worked with us at different stages as the School was forming and developing.

I look forward to the possibilities conjured by the creation of the school. We have much work ahead, and we have already started working on making changes to the undergraduate curricula and have been able to work on restructuring the Ph.D. program, all with the goal of making this project a strong one, where SLCR becomes a leading example in successful interdisciplinary collaboration and coexistence, a premier research hub in the humanities and social sciences.

Please stop by to see us and share your thoughts!


Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, Ph.D.

Director, School of Languages, Cultures, & Race
Professor, Comparative Ethnic Studies and American Studies