The Language Flagship enabled Heather Kalmbach, who had previous overseas and language study experience, to advance her Arabic language and cultural skills to the professional level that would allow her to thrive in the U.S. Foreign Service. Heather has served in Saudi Arabia and is now posted in Jerusalem, where she focuses on human rights, women’s issues, and civil society. Heather earned an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and studied abroad in Morocco and Egypt. Seeking to enhance her Arabic skills further, she enrolled in The Language Flagship, which helped her achieve superior proficiency. The Language Flagship leads the nation in advanced education in critical need languages, helping hundreds of Americans each year reach the level of language proficiency so urgently needed in our future leaders.
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