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Call for Applications for Modern Languages and Literatures Ambassadors

Are you interested in a leadership position as Student Ambassador of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department? Ambassadors are students who acknowledge and promote the importance of multilingualism in our world and community.

Eligible students fulfill ONE or more of the following conditions:

  1. Speaks a language other than English with their family
  2. Studies ONE or more languages at Loyola
  3. Is actively learning a language outside of Loyola
  4. Was enrolled in dual language or bilingual programs in high school

Please submit your application to the Language Learning Center Director, Kelly Keenan, at by April 1, 2024.

Applications should be in MS Word or PDF format and contain the following information:

  1. Name, Loyola ID, anticipated graduation year, and declared or undeclared major and minor (does not need to be an MLL major/minor).
  2. A brief statement (~150 words) regarding your interest in and qualifications for being selected as an Ambassador. Indicate which Ambassador position you prefer (see below for the duties of this position.)
  3. A proposal for a group discussion/activity or for a promotional project. A proposal for a group discussion/activity should include: 

    1. A topic relevant to interculturality, linguistic and cultural diversity, and/or world literature and culture. 

    2. A paragraph explaining why the topic would generate lively discussion or build community. 

A proposal for a promotional project should include: 

    1. Your idea for a project that promotes the department, whether that be through online platforms, community outreach, academic support development, etc.

    2. A paragraph explaining how the project would support the department’s values of interculturality and linguistic and cultural diversity.  

To give you an idea of a promotional project and group activity coordinated by ambassadors in the past, see the appendix below. 

After reviewing the applications, faculty members of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department will choose four ambassadors for the academic year 2024–25. 

Here are the duties adhering to these positions:

  • All Ambassadors must attend at least two outreach events (admissions open houses, academic exploration fairs, Messina sessions or the like) over the course of the year.
  • Ambassadors will work in pairs to promote, plan, and host department-initiated events.  
  • Ambassadors will, in addition, work with the Faculty Advisor to identify short-term projects that will promote the department. Examples of past projects include: assessing the department's webpage, creating a video series, organizing a book drive, and assisting with workshops focusing on success with language learning. 

What’s in it for you?

The Ambassador position is a paid, hourly role ($15/hr). Ambassadors will contribute 15 hours to the department throughout the course of the academic year. Once an ambassador reaches their allocated number of hours, additional hours may be available on occasion, depending on the needs of the department. 

We look forward to receiving your applications – and to meeting you at Modern Languages and Literatures events this year, which, whether you are selected for a leadership role this time around, we hope you will attend!

Appendix 1 

This flyer describes a sample ambassador project and event - a bilingual bookdrive, with a letter writing workshop


Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 2pm - 6pm


Contact Us

Maryland Hall 443

Kelly Keenan
Director, Language Learning Center

Student Supervisors 
Justine Amedson ('24)
Maria Lopez ('25)


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