CLIC Language Ambassador Program
The Center for Languages and International Collaboration launched the Language Ambassador Program in September 2014, to promote the values of global citizenship and prepare students for lives as culturally sensitive citizens.
The primary purpose of the CLIC Language Ambassador program is for students to develop, integrate, and promote the values of global citizenship and to prepare for lives as culturally sensitive citizens in their profession and community, whether in their home country or abroad. U.S. ambassadors represent the President of the United States in an official capacity in foreign nations and communities, and are charged with protecting and promoting national interests, maintaining diplomacy, organizing visits, welcoming visitors, and supporting resolutions. In a similar way, CLIC Language Ambassadors represent and promote the values of global citizenship. The ability to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language is an essential element of global citizenship. The need to communicate with someone of a different language or culture may arise at any time; knowing more than one language prepares one to know how, when, and why to say what to whom.
The Language Ambassador program creates an opportunity for students to develop and model the values of global citizenship:
- Second Language Proficiency
- International and Diverse Perspectives
- Intercultural Communication and Cross-Cultural Adjustment
- Social Justice and Sustainable Development
Through engagement in the community, work in the CLIC, dialogue in staff meetings, and expression of ideas through writing, participants learn what it means to be a global citizen in their work place and communities.
Language Ambassadors are hired through the CLIC student worker program as Program Assistant I, II, or III depending on experience.
Language Ambassadors staff and support the CLIC facility, work on CLIC programs, develop their own interests in language, culture and global citizenship, and support each other’s efforts as a team. Each Language Ambassador works at three levels within the CLIC: Passion, Skill, and Responsibility.
Language ambassadors can identify the issues that most energize them. Examples include:
- Second language learning
- Educational/learning technologies
- Making connections through social media
- Building relationships with international visitors and native speakers
- Global health and well-being
- Sustainability and the environment
- Intercultural communication
- Diverse and international perspectives on current issues
Language Ambassadors connect their academic and personal passions to existing CLIC programs (such as language courses, cultural nights, Language in Motion, international film series, World Languages Day and Talent Award, etc), create logical partnerships with existing campus groups, and develop new initiatives to involve others in the issues they care about.
Language Ambassadors contribute existing skills and work to develop new skill sets, such as:
- Promotion, marketing, and outreach
- Computer lab management
- Event planning
- Research and reporting
- Public speaking and podcasting
- Program coordination
- Time management
- Digital storytelling
- Written and oral communication
- Conflict resolution
These skills are applied to their own passions and shared with others in the team to support CCE efforts as a whole.
Language Ambassadors take responsibility to complete tasks that must be done in order to advance the work of the team, such as:
- Writing news articles and feature stories for CLIC website
- Maintaining social media presence to promote CLIC programs
- Assisting students and faculty using the CLIC
- Staffing and supporting other routine operations of the CLIC
- Creating outreach materials for CLIC-related events
Responsibilities are task areas expected of all CLIC staff to support each other’s work and the general operations of our program.
Students interested in becoming Language Ambassadors may contact Erica Andree at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Language Ambassador program is currently full, but additional positions may be available during the Spring semester.