Rachel Buchmeier is a recipient of the Academic Year 2021-2022 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 a graduate student in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice- Midwifery track. I am so grateful to have received a FLAS to continue my study of the Arabic language. As a nurse-midwife, I hope to devote my career to improving outcomes for mother-child dyads, especially in times of crisis and upheaval. I wish to acquire skills in a doctoral program that prepare me as a leader for clinical practice and systemic change. I want to develop skills in studying Arabic and the Arab world to integrate these skills into justice for women living as refugees from the Middle East and their children.