Language and International Health Society

March 14, 2022

The purposes of the Language and International Health Society shall include:

  • Helping students succeed in the L&IH major and prepare for their future through contact with guest speakers, L&IH graduates, study abroad advisors and other campus and community resources;
  • Serving as a forum where L&IH majors can meet and exchange information, ideas and concerns about internships, study abroad and other aspects related to the major;
  • Providing opportunities where students can network with other students and professionals, explore career paths, and broaden their knowledge of global health issues and their cultural and linguistic contexts;
  • Representing the L&IH major to Clemson University.

L&IH Society Officers (2021-2022)

President: Marguerite Peterseim

Junior Language and International Health major (Spanish emphasis) minor in Nonprofit leadership
Graduate in May 2023
Vice-President: Emily Davis

Junior Language and International Health major (Spanish emphasis) and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies Minor
Graduating May 2023
Secretary: Kate Henry

“My name is Kate Henry and I am a sophomore Language and International Health Major with a Spanish concentration. I am expected to graduate May 2024 and I am serving as the Secretary for the L&IH Society.”
Outreach Chair: Isabelle Dunn

Language and International Health with a concentration in French, Freshman, and expected grad date: May 2025.


L&IH Society Events – 2021


L&IH Society officers with Dana Powell (second on the right), Natalie Claypool (fourth from the left), and Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta (right)


Natalie Claypool
Dana Powell

Events sponsored by the L&IH Society – Fall 2019

Sexual Assault Advocacy: 1st Installment of Women + Wellness in the World Speaker Series
Ellen Kennedy, a Sexual Assault Nurse Coordinator, and Jenna Toney, a Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Julie Valentine Center, came to speak to L&IH and CAAH faculty and students about sexual assault, how to be an advocate, and what we can do in the Clemson community to address some of these issues experienced by students on campus and beyond.

Events sponsored by the L&IH Society – Spring 2019: 

Community Health Assessments in Low-resourced Communities: the Case of Las Malvinas II, Dominican Republic
L&IH students had the opportunity to hear from Lauren Davis, a fellow L&IH major with an emphasis in Spanish, present her Departmental Honors research. In her presentation, Davis talked about using a community-engaged and mixed-methods approach to address the 5 health priorities determined by the findings of a Community Health Assessment in the DR, which were: vaccine-preventable diseases, unwanted pregnancies, sanitation, education, and chronic disease management. (In the photo from left to right: Arelis Moore de Peralta, Lauren Davis, and Kelly Peebles)

Comparative Healthcare Systems: Experiences and Perspectives of a French-Canadian Nurse Practitioner
Mylene Boudreau, FNP, a part-time lecturer in the School of Nursing presented on her personal experience working as a registered nurse and language teacher abroad. Boudreau also spoke to students about the current healthcare system in Canada, its benefits, as well as its limitations; and a comparative analysis with the US health system.

Collaborative International Research: Opportunities and Ethical Challenges
Aída Mencía-Ripley, Ph.D., professor and dean of research at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic presented on current partnerships and opportunities for students to conduct research in the Dominican Republic. Mencía-Ripley spoke about current research initiatives and programs available at UNIBE. (In the photo from left to right: Micky Ward, Arelis Moore de Peralta, Aída Mencía-Ripley, Kelly Peebles, and Tiffany Creegan Miller)


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