Elizabeth Purdy is a recipient of the Academic Year 2016-2017 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.
I am honored to be a FLAS recipient for Hindi for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am a student at the School of Social Work and focus on immigrant and refugee populations, especially from South Asia. I spent the summer in Jaipur studying Hindi through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. Being a FLAS Fellow has greatly supported my study of Hindi language and deepened my connections to India. I am drawn to India after having spent a year and a half in Darjeeling District, West Bengal. I love learning about other cultures and am interested in working in South Asia as a social worker in the future and working with immigrants and refugees here at home.