Bennett College Expands Its Foreign Languages Program

The foreign languages program at Historically Black Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, has hired four new faculty members and is offering courses in Portuguese for the first time.

Lee Todhunter, interim director of the Center for Global Studies at Bennett College, said that “Bennett recognizes the growing influence of Portuguese as a global language and also the developing economy and influence of Brazil, particularly in the Americas, and the need to offer such a critical language to our students in order to better prepare them for the global workforce.”

New faculty starting in the foreign languages program this year are Pei-an Hsia in Mandarin Chinese, Priscilla Bordon in Portuguese, Sophia Semle in Kiswahili, and Tarik Louki in Arabic.

Left to right: Pei-an Hsia, Priscilla Bordon, Rosalind Fuse-Hall, Sophia Semle, and Tarik Louki.
Left to right: Pei-an Hsia, Priscilla Bordon, Rosalind Fuse-Hall, Sophia Semle, and Tarik Louki.

Rosalind Fuse-Hall, president of Bennett College, says that “such an array of languages exposes our students to critical areas of the world, increases their competitiveness for graduate school and the global workforce, as well as provides funding opportunities for prestigious scholarships and fellowships to study domestically or abroad.”

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