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Lara Wasner

Director of Language and Cultural Training
Study Abroad Coordinator
Fulbright Student Advisor

Lara Wasner
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 40
Phone: 313-993-1191
Lara Wasner
Areas of Expertise:
Cultural Studies
Programming Abroad
Second Language Acquisition
English as a Second Language
Multiculturalism and Diversity in Community Development


  • M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Madonna University
  • M.A. in Education Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
  • English Education, University of Detroit Mercy


Lara Wasner’s background is in second language teaching, learning and assessment. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Madonna University and an M.A. in Education Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, with coursework in K-12 curriculum and instruction. Ms. Wasner teaches English as a Second Language (all levels), and Multiculturalism and Diversity in Detroit Mercy’s Community Development program, and has served as a member and/or chairperson of the University’s outcomes assessment team for over ten years.

As the director of Language and Cultural Training since 2001, Ms. Wasner manages language and cultural training programs both on and off campus and works with the department’s language coordinator to create dynamic partnerships with community organizations and employer groups to help build linguistic and cultural competencies. As a co-lead of UDM’s current strategic plan in international engagement, her initiatives have helped to create several internationally-based experiences for students, faculty, and alumni -- including to Brazil, Cuba, and China. She is Fulbright Student Advisor at the University of Detroit Mercy, as well as the recipient of three US Department of Education Fulbright Hays international awards in which she has served as an educational delegate (China in 2010), and as a delegation leader/project director (Brazil in 2016 & 2018); she also serves as a grant reviewer for Fulbright international programs. She is a member of several professional organizations dedicated to language learning, acculturation, and international student advocacy.

In addition to teaching English as a Second Language to cohort groups from China who are matriculating at Detroit Mercy's main campus, Professor Wasner teaches Multiculturalism and Diversity in the University's Master of Community Development program.

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