Vivian Brates, Lecturer in Spanish, was presented with a Stanford Community Partnership Award in May 2016. Conferred by the University Office of Public Affairs, these awards recognize “outstanding initiative, leadership and involvement in efforts that embody the spirit of genuine partnership and benefit the overall community and have resulted in collaboration between Stanford and its neighbors.” Vivian developed a partnership between the Stanford Language Center and the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), a local non-profit dedicated to immigration services. More than 100 students and over 50 local adults have participated in the program since its inception in 2011. The collaboration has become a touchstone for community-engaged learning in foreign languages, and an integral part of the second-year Spanish sequence.
Elizabeth Bernhardt, Director of the Language Center and Professor of German Studies, was named the Warren Shelden University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, part of the Bass program. Bass University Fellows are chosen based on their commitment to undergraduate education. Faculty from all seven schools, as well as senior fellows in centers and institutes, are eligible. The Bass Program sponsors an annual event for University Fellows and donors. Appointments are for five-year terms and are made by the provost on the recommendation of the vice provost for undergraduate education. At the 2014 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Dr. Bernhardt was presented with the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Profession Award, from the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). In 2015 she was elected Honorary Member of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
Monica Brillantes, Program Manager of the Language Center, received the Dean's Award of Merit from the School of Humanities and Sciences in Spring 2014. Monica has been the manager of the Language Center since 2006. She handles everything from budget management and human resources for more than 60 instructors, to compiling the Annual Report of the Language Center. She also serves as the primary liaison with the H&S Dean's Office, Accounts Payable, University Procurement and other university offices. Her capacity for diplomacy, ability to maintain composure regardless of the circumstances, efficiency, dedication, and unwavering cheer are recognized and appreciated by all who work with her.