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Join us and try some new languages, get answers about opportunities to learn them, and enjoy some food from different cultures

Date and Time: February 21, 2023, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM.
Location: Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

In line with the Year of Languages celebrations, the Language Engagement Project is organizing an event themed “Taste of Languages” to celebrate Mother Language Day*. The event highlights activities, games, puzzles, and other experiences that create language engagement opportunities for Rutgers undergraduate students.

*International Mother Language Day is celebrated annually on February 21st, "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world." It was first announced by UNESCO in 1999 as an opportunity to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and to celebrate the unique linguistic heritage of all individuals. The day is intended to promote the use of mother languages as a means of communication, education, and cultural expression, and to raise awareness about the importance of preserving endangered languages. 


Year of Languages:

dean imageAn initiative from the SAS Dean of Humanities, Rebecca Walkowitz, the Year of Languages invites students, faculty, staff, university leaders, and alumni to consider deeply and to share across our communities why we value the languages we know and how we benefit from knowing more languages.

See more here: https://humanities.rutgers.edu/year-of-languages/ 


Welcome and Introductions:

dean imageDoaa Rashed, Ph.D.

Director, Language Engagement Project
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of English
Co-Director, Language and Social Justice Initiative 




Alumni Panel:

speaker 1 imageMassimo Guglietta

Rutgers Alumnus 2018
B.A. Political Science and Italian
Associate Director, Brand Partnerships



DiegoOrtizQuinteroDiego Ortiz Quintero, M.A.

Rutgers Alumnus 2011
B.A. Journalism and Spanish Literature
Director Communications NYC, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association



speaker 2 imageDilafruz Nazarova, JD, LLM, PhD

Rutgers Alumna 2021
Ph.D. Political Science
Director of Development MA Program in Political Science - UN and Global Policy Studies at Rutgers University



JonathanWalshJonathan Walsh

Rutgers Alumnus 2021
B.A. History/Political Science; Critical Intelligence Studies; German; Russian
Global Security Analyst, Dow Jones/News Corp