Center for Language Studies

Language Ambassadors

Meet our Language Ambassadors, who play an essential role in creating positive experiences for language learning at Brown.

In Fall of 2022, Selena Kiu '24, Spencer Sheppe '24, James Langan '24, Neil Shah '25 and Laura Romig '25 are ready to work on issues relating to linguistic justice, community service and a new language journal. 

Reach out to them at

  • Selena

    Selena Kiu '24

    Hello language lovers! My name is Selena Kiu and I’m a junior concentrating in Chemistry. An appreciation of 20th Century German literature is what first piqued my interest in languages, and since then, I’ve taken German and French classes at Brown. I also speak Mandarin and Cantonese and am hoping to pick up another language this year. I’m so excited to be working with an amazing team this year to serve the language community, and I’m looking forward to organizing some fun and memorable events for you all! 

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    James Langan '24

    Hi! My name is James Langan - I’m a junior and I study Comparative Literature and Anthropology. At Brown I’ve taken classes in Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, Swahili, and Yoruba, and I’ve tried (with drastically different levels of success) to learn a few others on the side. This semester I’m doing a Portuguese class, a Spanish class, and a Swahili independent study, and I will be studying abroad in Barcelona this spring! Apart from CLS, I am a part of Brown Motion Pictures and the Ivy Film Festival.


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    Laura Romig '25

    Hi! I'm Laura Romig, a sophomore studying Literary Arts and Applied Mathematics. I speak Spanish and I'm currently studying Mandarin Chinese at Brown. This semester, I'm taking Advanced Spanish through Literature and Film as well as Chinese 300. I also get excited about anything related to translation or language in works of fiction. At Brown, I play on the women's and gender expansive ultimate frisbee team!


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    Neil Shah '25

    Hello everyone! I’m Neil Shah, a sophomore studying Biology and International and Public Affairs. I speak Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, and Mandarin Chinese, and this semester I’m taking Chinese 700. When I’m not learning languages, I love to dance for Brown Badmaash, Brown Abhinaya, and Mezcla!


  • Spencer Sheppe

    Spencer Sheppe '24

    Hi! I’m a junior concentrating in International and Public Affairs. I speak Spanish and French, and I’ve studied German and Chinese at Brown. This year, my main focus in CLS is community engagement, so I’ll be running programs to help our students find internships or get involved in the Providence community. My language course this semester is History of the Spanish Language. Aside from languages, I love reading, journaling, and going on bike rides. If you ever want someone to talk to about traveling or fun global adventuring, come to me! At Brown, I’m also on CCB, the Tae Kwon Do team, and Brown University Interviews.