As the university strives to have a more inclusive campus, multilingual learner support specialist Tingting Kang wants to ensure linguistic diversity is not left behind. She thinks it’s important to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds and countries, and her new project, an online magazine, aims to help with that.
After the idea was launched last fall, Global Expressions magazine is now open for article submissions. These submissions can be any type of writing, completed for a class or written by yourself. There are no requirements as to the genre or content of the article; these can be poems, stories, class essays, or reflections on a period of moving to a new country or studying abroad.
The only requirement for submission of an article is that it is not written in the author’s native language.
“You can submit poems, you can submit funky little notes you’ve written in your phone if you want,” said Helena Koffigoh ’23, who worked on the project with Kang.
Articles can then be translated into the author’s mother tongue or any other language.
Kang is also looking for contributors, students who are fluent in multiple languages, who can edit submitted writings or translate them into other languages.
Kang, who works with the college’s First-Year-Seminar (FYS) and Writing Associate programs, knows there’s a lot of talent among college writers and wants the magazine to be a place for students to showcase it. For international students in particular, she also hopes the magazine can provide faculty members with a better understanding of students’ native languages and cultural backgrounds, making them more comfortable working with international students.
English teacher Bianca Falbo, director of the FYS program, wrote in an email that she was excited about the project because she thinks any space for students to talk about their experiences is a good idea.
“Global Expressions can also be a resource for our campus community to better understand the experiences of our multilingual learners,” Falbo wrote.
Kang said publishing work in the magazine could be a good opportunity for students and experience to add to their resume. But that’s not the only reason she encourages students to submit their work.
“I think [students] should also change their opinion about how hard it is to use a second language to write…Building their self-confidence is another goal of this program,” Kang said.
Chinese professor Han Luo, who is currently working with Kang to promote the project, wrote in an email that this opportunity is a “unique opportunity for us to foster cross-cultural learning and help students develop cross-cultural citizenship. “.
Overall, Kang is excited to start receiving submissions and nominations from contributors for the magazine.
“This [magazine] is to celebrate and have a platform for people to have cross-cultural communication,” Kang said.