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Light Fellowship Staff

Director of Richard U. Light Fellowship

Kripa Bhagat, Assistant Director of Richard U. Light Fellowship

Kripa helps manage and advise on the Richard U. Light Fellowship. She joins the CIPE after receiving her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i. She has contributed to language education communities by serving as Resident Director of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and as an Educational Ambassador in Yiwu, China for the Ameson Year in China program. Kripa also holds a B.A. from Barnard College and spent time working and learning in language immersion environments.

Julia Bakes, Administrative Assistant of Richard U. Light Fellowship

Having spent a significant portion of her early life traveling overseas, Julia identifies greatly with the core values of the Light Fellowship’s mission. She is extraordinarily pleased to be able to assist in facilitating such experiences for students with the Fellowships team.

Light Fellowship Executive Committee

Hwansoo Kim, Chair (Bio) - Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair, Council on East Asian Studies

Luke Bender - Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures; Director of Undergraduate Studies
East Asian Languages and Literatures

Seungja Choi - Senior Lector, Korean
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Jane Edwards - Senior Associate Dean
Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

Rongzhen Li - Senior Lector, Chinese
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Richard Sosa - Program Director
Council on East Asian Studies

Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl - Director
Center for Language Study

Rebekah Westphal - Director of Fellowship Programs
Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

Mika Yamaguchi - Senior Lector, Japanese
East Asian Languages & Literatures