KNOXVILLE—The Global Learning Center began offering their services to the students at Johnson University a year ago, and Student Coordinator, Date Liming, hopes to get more students involved. The four weekly meetings, each focused on a different language, are open to the student body in the GLC.
Liming, began working for the GLC this semester, and is helping spread awareness of the GLC’s functions to the student body.
“The Global Learning Center is a place where international and national students can come and study in a safe space,” Liming said. “It’s also a place where people can come to get help with a language four times a week, and just a general hangout space.”
A key part of the GLC activities are the four different language clubs that meet weekly in the center. The clubs were started last year to get the student community more involved in the cultures present on campus.
“The language clubs are a place where students can come if they are taking French, Spanish or Chinese,”Liming said. “They can come and find help with those languages, and also just hang out and talk in that language.”
Liming believes that the GLC is a place which provides an opportunity to encourage unity within the JU student body.
“I think, to a degree, there is a definite divide between national and international students depending on where you look,” said Liming.”If people from the U.S. just come in and hang out, I think that would provide a better sense of community.”
The French club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
The Spanish and English club meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
The Chinese club meets at 6:30 p.m. Fridays.