Austin College has been awarded an $83,460 U.S. Department of Education grant to support the program
titled, “Infusing Languages and Global Competency Across the Disciplines” (ILGAD).
The two-year grant will help provide students with opportunities to engage in Spanish language and
Hispanic culture in various academic and professional settings. The ILGAD program includes
opportunities such as additional domestic and international internships, new Jan term programs, new
interdisciplinary courses in Spanish and Latin American & Iberian Studies, faculty workshops, and
outreach programming for North Texas high schools.
“One of the main goals of the ILGAD program is to add value to the college curriculum by providing a
unique interdisciplinary setting where students can broaden the depth of experience in their field of study
while becoming more engaged global citizens through cross-cultural exploration,” said Elena Olivé,
associate professor of Spanish and ILGAD project co-director.
“Students will engage in their academic fields within the context of diverse cultures, people, and societies
which, in turn, allows them to reflect upon their own cultural values and practices from a broader global
perspective,” Olivé added. The additional Spanish language programming in business, international
relations, and public health offers the advantage of a second language for career readiness in Texas and
The project will be led by Olivé and co-director Terry Hoops, associate professor of anthropology and
director of the Austin College Latin American and Iberian Studies program; Julie Hempel, associate
professor of Spanish, chair of the department of classical and modern languages, and director of the
Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies, and Patrick Duffey, Margarett Root Brown
Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
The ILGAD program also aligns with the college mission, emphasizing the importance of global
citizenship, diversity competency, and experiential learning.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has
earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional
foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning
opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change
Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more
than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately
1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized
attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive
atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the
College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.