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Center for World Languages & Cultures

Meet Our Staff

Alison Nishi, Director

Alison M. Nishi


In her role as Director, Alison M. Nishi supports language study and the integration of languages and cultures across the curriculum, engaging students, staff, faculty, and community members with international strategic partners and local language and cultural resources. Her background is highly interdisciplinary, with experience in systems engineering, academic instructional design, faculty development, and community outreach. Alison spent seven years as the Academic Director of graduate programs in Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, and Translation Studies at DU’s University College, as well as directing the Modern Languages Program.

Alison earned her MA in International & Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver, during which time she studied French in an immersion program in Lausanne, Switzerland. She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and studied abroad at the University of Sheffield.


Adrienne Gonzales, Associate Director

Adrienne Gonzales

Associate Director

Adrienne Gonzales came to DU from the University of New Mexico, where she earned a PhD in Hispanic linguistics. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, computer assisted language learning, and interlanguage pragmatic development.

Adrienne holds an MA in Spanish Language and Translation from New York University in Madrid, Spain, and a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

She is also a College Reading & Learning Association master certified tutor.


Tamra Carlson, Program Coordinator

Tamra Carlson

Program Coordinator

Tamra graduated from DU with a double major in International Studies and German in 2006, during which time she studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany. She spent two years in Mwinilunga, Zambia, with the Peace Corps, where her emphasis was on nutrition and health education, and the last four years in nonprofit volunteer management and coordination.

Tamra provides logistical and operational support for our programs, including student support and community outreach.