Language Assistants and Mentor

The Italian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning Italian. These include the Italian Floor Living Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and the Language Mentor who support language learning through weekly interactive activities and cultural events. The weekly Language Table is a shared meal which provides opportunities to informally practice speaking Italian with the Language Assistants, faculty members, and students. The Q&A sessions with the Language Mentor offer more support around the concepts of learning the language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Italian Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Mentor in Italian — Rumi Handen

Rumi Handen, Mentor and Language Assistant for Italian
Wednesdays 4:30pm -5:30 pm    room 6A LRC - Ciruti
Contact me

Ciao!My name is Rumi Handen, and I am a senior double majoring in Anthropology and Italian Studies.I fell in love with the language and culture three years ago and have since been furthering my knowledge on all things Italian.During my junior year, I worked as an Italian tutor and spent my spring semester in a full-immersion program in Bologna speaking, writing, and living as Italians do. I am thrilled to serve you as your language mentor.Please don't hesitate to stop by Q&A.I'm excited to help you on your linguistic journey!

Marianna Maddock, Language Assistant for Italian

Ehilà! My name is Marianna, I’m Italian American who was born and raised in a little provincial town 30 minutes north of Rome. I’m an Economics major, a Global Business Nexus minor (and maybe something more in the making) and have studied abroad in Shanghai, China in the spring of my Junior Year. This past summer, I interned with CISabroad in their Italian headquarters in Rome as the Senior Site Director Assistant. Among the many interests of mine are sports, specifically soccer (I was the only girl in my province and region to play with a boys’ soccer club), reading British Classics, watching movies and travelling. Also, I’ve been studying Chinese since my first year here at Mount Holyoke College and Mulan was the main reason for my venturing into the Chinese language.

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Rachel Murgo, Language Assistant for Italian

Ciao! My name is Rachel Murgo and I am a senior at MHC. I major in Russian Literature and Culture and minor in Italian. I have been studying Italian since elementary school, and I have always loved the language and culture. This semester, I will be working as a Language Assistant for Italian, and also for Russian.