In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
Whereas, in light of the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, AAAL wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the crucial importance of understanding different language and cultures;
Whereas, hatred, hostility, and fear are often caused or at least exacerbated by ignorance of languages, cultures, and ways of seeing the world that differ from one‘s own;
Whereas, the study of language and cultures is one of the single most important factors in crossing gulfs created by cultural differences, dispelling misconceptions, and dismantling prejudices;
Therefore be it resolved at the general business meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, convened on this 8th day of April, 2002: That AAAL will continue to promote greater opportunities for language learning, culture study, and intercultural dialogue in all societies and educational settings.