The Department of Linguistics is holding its fourth Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars. Two one-week sessions are held on OSU’s main campus during July 2012. SLIYS promotes language study in all aspects by cultivating a deeper appreciation of language similarities and differences. Our aim is to provide high school students with greater linguistic awareness and understanding, with the ability to think critically about language, and with a deeper appreciation for all aspects of language and language study. SLIYS ’12 is open to high school students who are interested in foreign languages.
On January 30th, the White House honored as Champions of Change 14 leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. Three of the honorees were Buckeyes. Abdi Roble is the founder and Executive Director of the Somali Documentary Project and Visiting Scholar at OSU’s Center for African Studies. Sagal Ali (BA in English from OSU) serves as a Program Lead with the Ready to Read Corps of Columbus Metropolitan Library where she works to educate low-income families on how to prepare their children for school and a better future. Ilhan Dahir, an OSU undergrad, is the founder and president of Interfaith Service Youth Corps. Watch the White House press conference (Sagal speaks at 14:30, Ilhan speaks at 32:50, Abdi speaks at 1:15:35) or read Abdi’s essay.