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Critical Language Scholarship Deadline Approaches

US Department of StateThe United States Department of State offers the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program annually.

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST.

What is the Critical Language Scholarship?

The CLP Program is a fully funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of the following 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Is previous study in a target language required?

For most of the languages, the answer is NO! The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The scholarship program includes international airfare, tuition, and all program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations, often with a host family.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

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10 Ways to Build Entrepreneurial Skills in College Students

nav-img1College students are given a lot of directions from the day they land on campus to the day they walk the stage at commencement. They get used to asking questions and getting just-in-time answers from hall directors, academic advisors and faculty. You name it, someone is always ready with a quick answer for students.

Sometimes though, as a former college dean and a HR professional, I say not so fast.  I think we might actually miss opportunities to build independent thinking skills in our students. I get it. College faculty and staff are busy and are often answering questions on the fly in between assignments.

The evolving future of work is demanding now though that we build new skills in students and new graduates. Guess what? The students might soon be demanding it too, because many of them are not so confident about what they are learning.  The 2018 McGraw-Hill Future Workforce Survey showed only 41% of US college students felt they were either “very” or “extremely prepared” to enter the workforce.   I think we change that by building more entrepreneurial skills in our students.  The good news is that it might not be that difficult to do, if we as administrators tweak our approach both inside and outside the classroom.

Portrait Of Couple Running Coffee Shop Behind Counter

Portrait Of Couple Running Coffee Shop Behind Counter

At the core of this shift, we must do more to help our students learn to think independently since they will be called on to do just that in the workplace.

These 10 ways to build entrepreneurial skills in college students could help develop independent thinkers that employers and grad schools seek.

Direct students to resources, not people.  Instead of sending a student to a writing coach direct them to the writing center or the writing lab.  This approach will help the student explore the campus writing resources. That exploration will invariably teach them more about how to research broad solutions, rather than expect to be directed to a sole source.

Accept innovative approaches to solutions.  As faculty and staff sometimes, we might be tempted to only approve of the approach we taught.  Except for very few specific principles, there may be multiple innovative approaches or other ways to solve problems and we need to let students know that we are open to them. This is an entrepreneurial skill that is in high demand.

Challenge their ideas.  Higher education professionals are often super busy and in their drive to help students, won’t always spend the time to question or challenge a student’s  ideas and assumptions. Business owners spend a lot of time questioning and even second guessing their own ideas. Getting practice with handling pushback in college provides an unbelievable learning opportunity to evaluate one’s own ideas for validity.

Encourage them to have a team of advisors.  Business owners learn pretty quickly that if they want their businesses to grow or their ideas to improve, they have to pull in multiple perspectives.  It is not unusual to find entrepreneurs building a team of other professionals including lawyers, accountants, marketing and public relations professionals, that they turn to for advice.

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College Student Focused and in Deep Concentration.

Engage their curiosity.  Sometimes you don’t have to tell the whole story as a college professional.  To encourage building entrepreneurial skills, sometimes you just have to pique the interest of college students and engage their curiosity.  This will encourage them to go and do additional research. Ask more questions and encourage them to find the answers for the things that really interest them.

Build their professional confidence.  College faculty and staff should find every opportunity to help students build confidence in their professional skills.  Dedicate one class per week or month for students to wear professional attire (whatever that means to them) to class. Teach how to do a professional handshake, have students do presentations and invite entrepreneurs to the classroom to engage professionally with students and give feedback.

Help them be optimistic and lead.  It is very easy on campus to fall in with the crowd complaining about campus services or an off-campus issue.  It is harder sometimes to think optimistically about trying to find a solution to a shared problem. If entrepreneurs gave in to every pessimistic thought about possible business failure, very little progress would be made. The ability to step up to lead is another of those invaluable entrepreneurial skills that students should be encouraged to develop.

Learn how businesses tackle social issues. Entrepreneurs, no matter how small their business, are aware of the concept of one hand washing the other. Small neighborhood businesses understands the idea of supporting the community that supports them.  You will often find small businesses sponsoring community arts, education and sporting events all the time. Encourage this kind of social responsibility on your campus through student organizations or academic initiatives.





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Diahann Carroll; The Beautiful, Trailblazer

Diahann CarrollI guarantee you there is no one in the HBCU community who does not know the classy, beautiful, trailblazer named Ms. Diahann Carroll.  If you didn’t know her from her days as Julia Baker in the television series Julia, then you know her from A Different World.

For the series Julia, which ran from 1968 to 1971, Ms. Carroll played the role of a Nurse for which she won many accolades.  The recognition for this role was particularly impactful, as she was the first African American woman to star in her own television show who was not playing a maid or domestic worker.  Diahann Carroll won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series for that show in 1968.

Diahann Carroll 2Ms. Carroll’s IMDB report will show you that she performed in many, many television shows, movies and stage engagements with single appearances and serial guest appearances.  In 1962 she was the first black woman to win a Tony Award for best actress for her Broadway role in the musical No Strings.

Diahann Carroll and A Different World

In the modern HBCU world though she is beloved as the mother of Whitley Gilbert on A Different World.  She also received an Emmy nomination for that role as Marion Gilbert.

A Different World was a sitcom spun off from The Cosby Show, when Denise Huxtable, second daughter of the Huxtables, went off to then fictitious Hillman College.  (Side note – there was a Hillman College in Mississippi which closed in 1942).  This new Hillman College though was created to represent one of America’s institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  This show was also ground-breaking with story lines covering every aspect of American black life from dorm life to the Rodney King riots.

Diahann Carroll’s role was that of the elite southern mother, who had raised her daughter A Different WorldWhitley as a southern belle destined to marry someone from an elite, monied family.  The story of her daughter, instead marrying a Math nerd from a working class New York family, gave us Diahann Carroll at her finest.  Her seven episodes on A Different World were some of our favorites.

Diahann Carroll and her Style

You can’t think about Diahann Carroll and not think about her style.  Always beautiful, elegantly dressed and looking regal and beautiful, Ms. Carroll was undoubtedly a fashionista.  She has a trademarked line of wigs to this day!

She was born Carol Diahann Johnson in 1935 and has died at 84 years old.

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