Margaret Williams ’11

After graduating from Lewis & Clark with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Russian, Margaret spent the 2011 – 2012 academic year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law in the Russian Far East. She taught English to university students and professors through a variety of courses that focused on writing, reading and understanding cultural differences. In addition to teaching, she also conducted research on the use of digital technologies in cross-cultural communication between Russian and American students, and collaborated with the Khabarovsk American Corner on a number of community outreach initiatives.

Margaret describes her time in Russia as highly rewarding and enlightening. “I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity. As a student at Lewis & Clark, I developed an interest in finding ways for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to overcome initial obstacles and achieve meaningful collaboration. Sharing my culture as an American while simultaneously deepening my own understandings of Russian society allowed me to put this into practice.”

Following the conclusion of her fellowship, Margaret is interested in pursuing a career in the field of international relations. She hopes to join the Foreign Service after returning to graduate school.