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STARTALK (Najoua Hotard, Ph.D.)

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Our guest Najoua Hotard will share information about language and culture programs, primarily STARTALK, that empower youth and educators throughout the country. She will also discuss her own faith journey: "God has brought STARTALK to allow me to experience a learning journey that keeps on giving. It connected me with youth endowed with a passion for opening their hearts and minds to other cultures. It also connected me with people whose spirituality changed the course of my life and brought me closer to God." In recent months, the scope of the STARTALK program has taught Najoua that God always provides the strength she needs to overcome problematic issues. She hopes this discussion will encourage schools and individuals to offer programs like STARTALK in their own communities so our youth will be properly equipped to become global citizens and leaders who can change the world through humanity and cultural understanding. Najoua Hotard, Ph.D. is  the President and Founder of the Institute of Critical Languages and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (I.C.L.C.E.) in Baton Rouge Louisiana. She is an educator with 23 years experience. Since 2007, Najoua has focused her energies on providing federally funded critical language programs, namely STARTALK, to youth and professionals in the US. Throughout her journey as a teacher, she has firmly believed her strength comes from God’s guidance to help youth from all backgrounds become leaders. Under Najoua’s direction, I.C.L.C.E. implemented the STARTALK grant for 2008, 2009, and 2011. Najoua is actively engaged in the National Council for International Visitors, the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and several other governmental and professional groups.