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JNCL-NCLIS Welcomes New Communications and Policy Intern, Lucy Niyazova

WASHINGTON DC - The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) is pleased to announce the addition of Lucy Niyazova, Communications and Policy Intern, to the JNCL-NCLIS team for the next eight months.

Niyazova is a rising senior at Temple University working to earn a BA in communication studies and education. She is also working to complete a certificate of specialization in the Spanish language. Born in Moscow and raised in the states, Niyazova has first-hand experience of what it means to gradually lose touch with her heritage language. She hopes to advocate for public schools to incorporate a larger variety of languages and help make immigrant students feel more welcome in the classroom.

As the Communications and Policy Intern, Niyazova assists Alissa Rutkowski, the Manager of Communications, Policy, and Operations in researching and creating content pertaining to language education, industry, and policy. Through this internship, Niyazova will also work with the JNCL-NCLIS team to create social media content, report education policy news into accessible blog posts for the public, help write weekly and monthly newsletters, and learn how to engage advocates and track legislative progress through the JNCL-NCLIS Legislative Action Center.

“I am eager to further my knowledge on relevant language policy topics and to conduct research on increasing educational equity in public schools around the United States. This opportunity to work with JNCL-NCLIS is the greatest privilege and an absolute pleasure, and I am looking forward to learning from the team this year.”

During her time at Temple University, Niyazova has engaged in work with several educational non-profits around Philadelphia. Since the beginning of 2020, Niyazova has worked as an ESL tutor with the organization Puentes de Salud. Puentes de Salud is a non-profit based in Philadelphia that collaborates with community members, local public schools, universities, governmental institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to address the adverse structural, economic, and social conditions that profoundly affect the prosperity of the Latine community. During her time with Puentes de Salud, Niyazova has developed new strategies to maintain student engagement while teaching through an online format.

This fall, Niyazova will start the process of writing a thesis through the Major of Distinction program at Temple. She will explore the best ways to advocate in suburban schools and she will research the most optimal way to gain momentum in areas that can sometimes fall stagnant to change. Fluent in Russian and English, and proficient in French and Spanish, Niyazova hopes to further her knowledge of language by applying to be a Fulbright fellow for the 2022-2023 cycle in Nepal.



Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) unites a national network of leading organizations and businesses comprised of over 300,000 language professionals to advocate for equitable language learning opportunities. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.


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