Endorsements

AAAL PAEC Endorsement of ACTFL and TESOL Statements on the Killing of George Floyd and Systemic Racism/Racial Injustice in the US

The name of the issuer (whether organization or individual) of the Position Statement/Resolution
 
ACTFL Statement
TESOL Statement

The clearly-stated purpose and rationale for endorsement

AAAL endorses the recent statements by ACTFL and TESOL focused on the killing of George Floyd and systemic racism in the United States. AAAL’s mission focuses on “improv(ing) the lives of individuals and conditions in society.” Systemic racism impacts black lives in every sector of society, and these statements are critical for AAAL members to be aware of in order to work in solidarity with others moving towards social change. This endorsement sends a clear message about the field’s collective perspective on the connections between anti-racism and justice.

The issue’s importance to the field as a whole

Applied linguists observe and interpret the lives of individuals, the practices of communities, and the ways in which our interactions shape and are shaped by contexts in the real world. Critical applied linguists focus their observations on issues of justice including linguistic racism, oppressive language policies, marginalization based on language use, and language endangerment. It is essential for the field to prioritize cultivating scholars and practitioners who are not only aware of and examining these issues but collaborating to contribute to social change - in our teaching, research, and public engagement. We also need to foster anti-racism within the practices of our field by opening paths for greater diversity in our associations and across faculty ranks.

The issue’s importance to the general public

Legacies of slavery, colonialism, and oppression continue into the present day, and have ongoing dire consequences for black lives. It is our shared responsibility in scholarly communities to attend to these consequences to effect a socially just society. It is essential to recognize and reckon with these truths in order to create a more just world.

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Related statements by other professional organizations:

AERA

Any Related Recommendations

We recommend that a position statement focused on anti-racism be created by AAAL in the future. The PAEC would be happy to write this statement, with a goal of completing it by June 15th. The public recognition of the experiences of all racialized and subjugated groups should be a priority for AAAL moving forward, as it connects to the mission of AAAL as a whole. We also recommend that the association contribute to an academic culture that is more welcoming to diverse individuals, groups, and perspectives.


AAAL PAEC Endorsement of House Resolution 908 “Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19”

The name of the issuer (whether organization or individual) of the Position Statement/Resolution

House Resolution 908

The clearly-stated purpose and rationale for endorsement

AAAL endorses House Resolution 908 “Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19” because it is consistent with AAAL’s mission to raise awareness of language-related issues in the real world and “improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society,” as well as with the AAAL Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL. The AAAL PAEC believes that the House Resolution is relevant and important for AAAL members to be aware of, and an endorsement would send a clear message of the field’s collective perspective on the connections among language, representation, racism, and justice.

The issue’s importance to the field as a whole 

Linguistic and cultural diversity are cornerstones of applied linguistics both ethically and practically, in our teaching, research, and public engagement. The House Resolution highlights how the language we use to represent the world is critical to ensuring justice for everyone.

The issue’s importance to the general public

Language is central to how individuals and groups capture the human experience. It is essential that the language used to describe world events is sensitive and respectful. It is critical for AAAL to combat racist language in all its forms. The rights and needs of all groups can and should be the concern of applied linguists, for those interested in describing the experiences of particular groups as well as those interested in facilitating social change and social justice more broadly.

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Historical context for anti-Asian American racism in the United States

Additional context about anti-Asian American racism in the United States

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The responsibility of educational institutions to ensure justice

Related statements by other professional organizations:

AERA

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The following ACTFL Statement on Migrant Detention Facilities, Proposed Cuts to Other Resources has been endorsed by the AAAL Executive Committee:

https://www.actfl.org/news/press-releases/actfl-statement-migrant-detention-facilities-proposed-cuts-other-resources

Purpose and rationale for endorsement

AAAL endorses ACTFL’s Statement on Migrant Detention Facilities, Proposed Cuts to Other Resources because it is consistent with AAAL’s mission to raise awareness of language-related issues and “improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society,  as well as with the AAAL Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL. ACTFL’s Statement recognizes the human rights of adult and children immigrants, highlights the importance of language rights (including access to home languages and legal interpretation services), and emphasizes social justice for these individuals and communities. The AAAL PAEC believes that the statement is relevant and important for AAAL members to be aware of, and an endorsement would send a clear message of the field’s collective perspectives on immigration as it relates to language rights, child development, and educational access.

The issue’s importance to the field as a whole

Linguistic and cultural diversity are cornerstones of applied linguistics both ethically and practically, in our teaching, research, and public engagement. The ACTFL Statement highlights a range of important issues including access to and respect of language as a human right and the impact of immigration policies on adults and children.

The issue’s importance to the general public

Immigration policy and reform has an impact on all areas of public life, including education, criminal justice, economy, environment, and health care. The rights and needs of immigrant adults and children can and should be the concern of applied linguists, for those interested in describing the experiences of diverse groups as well as those interested in facilitating social change and social justice more broadly.

Brief summary of related representative research findings

Language is central to how immigrants experience migration and shapes how these groups are represented in private and public discourse. Language access is a key component of the immigrant experience, as the ACTFL statement highlights in relation to the conditions at detention facilities. See below for multiple sources highlighting the intersections between language and migration: http://linguisticanthropology.org/i-word/ 

Related statements by other professional organizations:

AERA:

https://www.aera.net/Newsroom/Statement-by-AERA-Executive-Director-Felice-J-Levine-on-the-Trump-Administrations-Detainment-of-Immigrant-Children

TESOL:

https://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2019/06/07/tesol-statement-on-cuts-to-education-for-detained-migrant-children

AAA:

https://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/AdvocacyDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=24999


The following TESOL Statement on Immigration Policy and Reform has been endorsed by the AAAL Membership:

http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2017/08/28/tesol-approves-new-position-statement-on-immigration-policy-and-reform-in-the-united-states

Purpose and rationale for endorsement
AAAL endorses TESOL’s Position Statement on Immigration Policy and Reform in the United States because it is consistent with AAAL’s mission to raise awareness of language-related issues and “improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society," as well as with the AAAL Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL. TESOL’s Position Statement recognizes the human rights of all immigrants and refugees, highlights the importance of creating resources and opportunities for immigrants, and emphasizes equity in access for immigrants and refugees in the United States. The AAAL PAEC believes that the statement is relevant and important for AAAL members to be aware of, and an endorsement would send a clear message of the field’s collective perspectives on immigration.

Importance to the field as a whole
Linguistic and cultural diversity are cornerstones of applied linguistics both ethically and practically, in our teaching, research, and public engagement. The TESOL Position Statement highlights a range of important issues including the role of language in respectful debate, access to and respect of language as a human right, and the impact of immigration policies on students and scholars.

Importance to the general public
Immigration policy and reform has an impact on all areas of public life, including education, criminal justice, economy, environment, and health care. The rights and needs of immigrant groups can and should be the concern of applied linguists, for those interested in describing the experiences of diverse groups as well as those interested in facilitating social change and social justice more broadly.

Related representative research findings
Language is central to how immigrants experience migration and shapes how these groups are represented in private and public discourse. See below for multiple sources highlighting the intersections between language and migration:
http://linguisticanthropology.org/i-word/

Related TESOL Links
http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2017/09/06/tesol-denounces-decision-to-end-daca-calls-on-u.s.-congress-to-act
The letter they were a co-signer on (one of 50 organizations):
http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2017/09/01/tesol-joins-over-50-organizations-in-letter-supporting-daca-to-the-u.s.-president