Language learning is part of Salve Regina's Core Curriculum and is an opportunity for students to enrich themselves by exposure to new cultures and histories central to this country's history. Newport is a particularly special place in this regard. Founded with the idea of cultural hybridity, the composition of Newport remains diverse to the present day. Learning another language exposes students to new cultural contexts and ideas and gives students a critical lens through which to analyze their own culture.
I believe in students actively engaging with other cultures. During my graduate studies at the University of California Irvine, I founded and ran a language exchange program that brought together university students learning Spanish with the local Spanish-speaking community. I plan to bring this program to Salve Regina's students and Newport's Spanish-speaking populations.