ACTFL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

ACTFL is committed to working toward social justice and DEI

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ACTFL Affinity Groups

ACTFL Affinity Groups are for a safe and confidential space to individuals who share a specific element of their identity. If you identify with more than one of the groups, you are welcome to join as many groups as you would like. Explore the Affinity Groups here.

ACTFL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Committee Charge: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee shall consider, advise, and make recommendations to the ACTFL Board that support the organization’s strategic goal of developing and promoting a diverse and inclusive language education community by working to break down barriers to access and opportunity. The DEI Committee will ensure that strategic objectives relating to diversity, equity and inclusion are incorporated into ACTFL’s governance structure, initiatives, awards, and other programs, products, and services.

Position Statement

Diversity and Inclusion In World Language Teaching & Learning

ACTFL values diversity and strives for inclusion across world language teaching and learning contexts. It is committed to continuous reflection and evaluation of its specific practices and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion.

Committee Responsibilities Include:

  • Enhance the means for making issues of DEI a priority of ACTFL’s strategic decision-making processes
  • Expand opportunities for volunteer leadership that reflect ACTFL’s commitment to DEI
  • Increase support for high-quality research that demonstrates the importance of DEI issues in language education
  • Demonstrate leadership by convening DEI conversations within the language profession

This Is How We Do It: A Panel on Black World Languaging

Moderator Tasha Austin along with panelists Kia London, Jerry Parker, Veronique Sumbu, and Ebony Thornton consider the full gamut of challenges and triumphs experienced while advancing in and teaching world languages while Black. Recommendations for thriving world languaging futures are included.

ACTFL Special Interest Group (SIG) Webinars

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Video Enacting Social Justice in Early Language Classrooms through Critical Cultural Awareness

(April 2020)
Andrea Amado, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Sarah Lindstrom
Language Learning for Children SIG

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Video Navigating Difficult Dialogues

(April 2020)
Krishauna Hines-Gaither
Critical & Social Justice Approaches SIG

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Video The Journey of Social Justice

(May 2020)
Terry Osborn
Critical & Social Justice Approaches SIG

Articles in The Language Educator

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Article Diversifying Language Educators and Learners

Uju Anya and L.J. Randolph, Jr., vol14, i4

Foreign Language Annals

Open Access Special Edition

As language educators, we play a pivotal role in developing the worldview of young people in this country. The curated issue on race, diversity and social justice has been designed to provide resources to help you address these issues in the classroom and across the profession.

DEI Resources

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Article Letter from a region on my mind

by James Baldwin

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Video Deconstructing whiteness and white supremacy

Watch Toni Morrison interview

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Book How to be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

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Book White Rage

by Carol Anderson

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Book Between The World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Book Biased

by Jennifer Eberhardt

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Article The Case for Reparations

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Document Anti-racism resources for white people

Resource guide compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein for white people to deepen their anti-racist work.

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Article Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life

by Zyahna Bryant about how to take steps towards non-performative activism and anti-racist actions.

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Book Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

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Book The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

Anti-Asian Racism Resources

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Article How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

from Learning for Justice

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Videos Asian Americans

(2020) PBS

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Videos Race: The Power of Illusion

(2018) California Newsreel

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Article The History of the Chinese Exclusion Act

Densho Encyclopedia

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Form Stop AAPI Hate

Report incidents of hate

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Form Americans Advancing Justice

Report incidents of hate

LGBTQ+ Resources

Compiled by Doane Academy, Burlington, NJ

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Online Resources Resources for Gender and LGBTQ Inclusive Schools

Human Rights Campaign

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Online Resource Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students

Learning for Justice

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Article Language learning and the gendered self: the case of French and masculinity in a US context

Knisely, K. A. (2016). Gender and Language, 10(2), 216-239.

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Article Le français non‐binaire: Linguistic forms used by non‐binary speakers of French

Knisely, K. A. (2020). Foreign Language Annals, 53(4), 850-876.

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Article Research tasks on identity in language learning and teaching

Norton, B., & De Costa, P. (2018). Language Teaching, 51(1), 90– 112.

How to be an Ally

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PDF 10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally to People who are LGBTQ+

from PFLAG Straight for Equality Materials

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PDF 10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally to People Who are Trans*

from PFLAG Straight for Equality Materials

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Article LGBTQIA Ally Tips

from UC Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center

Pride

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Video State of Pride

YouTube Documentary cw: discussion of slurs and suicidal ideation

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Article 11 students explain what being queer, Black, and proud means to them

A series of short interviews done by AMP blog for GLAAD

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Article A Balancing Act: Being Black, Gay, and Female

A personal essay for 34th Street

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