In preparation for a major Title VI National Resource Center federal grant proposal, EASC staff Grace Ryu (Associate Director) and Eva Luc (Program Specialist) were in Washington, D.C. last week to attend the Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Technical Assistance Workshop. With over 550 participants from universities across the nation, the conference addressed such topics as international education competencies for K-16 instruction; collaborations with professional schools and community colleges to increase foreign language and area studies from elementary to postsecondary education levels; and use of technology for teaching, learning and dissemination. They also met with David Brown, Executive Director of the USC Federal Relations Office.
Also in attendance were our UCLA Asia Institute partners, with whom we form the consortium UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center (JEASC). Since our designation as a Title VI National Resource Center in 1975, JEASC has been the driving force behind a remarkable expansion in training, research and outreach related to East Asia and its languages, making a significant contribution to meeting the national need for citizens knowledgeable about the world while dedicating itself to serving the people of Los Angeles and southern California.
A full report about the Title VI proposal and our efforts to address national need for international competencies in education will be forthcoming.