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What’s new with the DFLC?

Welcoming New Staff Members

Lauren Jasmer
Daniel Liera-Huchim

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to our office in Thompson Hall! Lauren Jasmer, an alumna of WSU, is our new administrative assistant. She has extensive knowledge about WSU and Pullman. We’re lucky to have her here with us! Daniel Liera-Huchim, a University of Idaho alumnus, is our new office assistant. Daniel is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, and his language skills have been helpful in the office! Both Lauren and Daniel joined the team this year and quickly became assets to our department.

Our New Social Media Interns

The department is pleased to take on two new social media interns this year. Both Shewit Mehari and Miranda Bukantz are seniors studying public relations in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Miranda is pursuing a second major in Spanish. Our interns manage social media and the DFLC website, and create the biannual newsletter. Their main focus this semester has been outreach to first-year students on campus in hopes of increasing enrollment. They share #FunLanguageFacts and #FunCultureFacts daily on the DFLC social media (see links below). They also continue to highlight students weekly on our social media. Miranda and Shewit are looking forward to creating a social media contest for this upcoming year, so stay tuned for more information!

Our new social media interns.

You can stay up to date with the department by personally liking/following our social media sites:

Follow us on social media to stay up to date on the happenings in the department!

Is there something you would like to see posted on our social media accounts? Contact Miranda and Shewit at .

Outreach to Future DFLC Students

Our staff and faculty have been working hard on outreach to prospective students. They have attended WSU Visitation events, such as Future Cougar Day and Junior Preview. At these events, students who are interested in attending WSU can see our options for majors and minors. We have had many interested students this year, whom the department is excited to see in the future. We also attended the Meet your Major Fair, where undecided students could explore different fields of study.


The DFLC continues to highlight our students who travel abroad to enhance their language skills. We believe traveling is the best way to expand your knowledge of another culture. We post #WanderlustWednesdays on our social media, so follow us to see more!


Erik in China

Senior Erik Gotta who studied abroad in China:

“Learning the language was a real challenge and gave me a newfound respect for students coming to America to study. Getting put in a whole new environment is challenging but very exciting” -Erik



Student Dani in Park


Our #TravelTuesday spotlight this week is Dani Gonzalez! Dani completed a degree in humanities with an emphasis in communication and international studies. She is now a post-baccalaureate student pursuing another degree in Spanish! Dani Studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, through the WSU Office of International Programs.

“One thing I miss about Spain is the easy transportation, like buses, subways, and cabs. I also miss going to El Parque Retiro with my friends and walking around the city eating bolillos with jamon serrano.” – Dani