CLS Alumni Society
First Annual Conference
Please note: We have reached full capacity for this event. If you are interested, you may join the waitlist.
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Breakfast & Check-in
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM: CLSAS Board Meeting (For CLS Alumni)
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Johns Hopkins SAIS Info Session
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Host a Regional Event Session
12:00 AM – 1:00 PM: CLSAS President’s Speech & Keynote Speaker (A representative from State Dept. Bureau of Educational &Cultural Affairs)
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch and Break
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM: Keynote Speaker (Speaker TBD)
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Concurrent Panel Sessions
Room 1: Professional Development
Room 2: How to Navigate Academia and Fellowship Applications
3:30 PM - 4:35 PM: Concurrent Workshops
Room 1: Diversity and Inclusion workshop
Rome Auditorium: The Future of CLSAS Town Hall (For CLS Alumni)
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM: Closing Speaker (Retired Ambassador Robert Cekuta)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Happy Hour Event @ 1831 Bar & Lounge (All Attendees & Guests must be 21+)
The primary purpose of this event is to bring together as many of our members as possible, in addition to alumni from across ECA funded programs. While run by the Critical Language Scholarship alumni, specifically members of the CLS Alumni Society (CLSAS), members of the Fulbright, Gilman, NSLI-Y and Boren alumni associations will also be in attendance.
The daylong conference, to be held in DC, will also mark the first CLSAS Annual Board Meeting, where any new leadership will begin the transition into their respective positions. It offers an opportunity for CLSAS members (primarily those located in DC, but anyone is welcome) to attend an open Board Meeting and give input into how this young non-profit is managed and what its overarching goals are. This event will permit members from across alumni groups to engage with one another and develop mutual advocacy goals driven to ensure sustained funding and development of these critical ECA programs. Proactive involvement in these initiatives will instill shared ingenuity by culturally and professionally diverse global citizens.
We hope to bring future CLSAS Annual Conferences to other cities and are excited to be working with other ECA funded programs to bring everyone together so that we can all learn from each other.
A very special thanks to our partnerships who are supporting this conference:
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Where: Conference held at Johns Hopkins SAIS Rome Auditorium - 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
(9 AM - 5 PM)
Happy Hour Event held at 1831 Bar & Lounge
1831 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(6 PM - 8 PM)
Who’s coming: CLS Alums, Gilman, Boren, NSLI-Y, & Fulbright Associations
Registration Cost: Free for CLSAS/NSLI-Y members
$10 for non-CLSAS members
Keynote Speaker: State Department ECA Representative
Closing Speaker: TBD
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I can’t make it to all the sessions, can I still attend?
A: Yes, on the registration form, please register for the sessions that you can come. You can check-in any time of the day.
Q: How many attendees are expected?
A: We are limiting the conference to 100 alumni, so register now!
Q: Can I bring a guest to the conference?
A: No, all attendees are alumni of a selected association and have to be registered in advance.
Q: I am not attending the conference, can I still attend the happy hour event?
A: Yes, please check yes for the happy hour event question at the end of the registration form.
Q: Can I bring a guest to the Happy Hour?
A: Yes, you can. Please register your guest in the note section or contact us.
Q: I submitted my registration but there’s a change of plan. Who do I contact?
A: If there’s a change of plan, please contact CLSAlumniSociety@gmail.com to modify your registration.
For other inquiries, please contact: CLSAlumniSociety@gmail.com