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A Russian Reconnection

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on August 11, 2021 - 5:00pm
Marina Dunaravich standing with foliage behind her.
Marina Dunaravich, UW alumna and donor

Marina Dunaravich realized that "starting a scholarship in honor of my grandfather and brother would allow me not only a path to honor them, but also a way to foster some of the things they loved.“
Media credit: Corinne Thrash

 

When Marina Dunaravich (BA, 2009) left Russia at age 10 with her mother, she focused on acclimating to her new life in the United States. Her connection with her Russian language and culture was a casualty.

“It was an identity shift,” Marina recalls. “It was just all America all the time, with zero contact with anything related to Russian language or literature.”

Marina reconnected with her Russian heritage eight years later, and chose to major in Russian...

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