Elizabeth Purdy is a recipient of the Academic Year 2017-2018 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
It is an honor to be a FLAS Fellow for Hindi for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am an undergraduate student at the School of Social Work and focus on health, particularly with immigrant and refugee communities. I spent this past summer as a FLAS Fellow in Kathmandu studying intermediate Nepali, and have also completed the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program for Hindi. Being a FLAS Fellow has greatly supported my study of Hindi and Nepali and has deepened my connections to South Asia. I love learning new languages and look forward to using Hindi and Nepali in the future as a medical social worker.