If you…

work and play with people from around the world
know people who speak multiple languages
teach people whose primary language is different from your own

then you are a part of a Diverse Language Community.




The Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture (CDLC) was founded in 2010 by Professors Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks, and Barbara Levin.  Its goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work, and professional development. The CDLC aims to be a catalyst for innovative, relevant, collaborative and policy-related research, leveraging the synergy and knowledge of faculty, staff, students, and communities locally, nationally, and globally.




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New Publication (Fall 2017)

Engaging with diverse language communities: Models and approaches

by Laura M. Gonzalez and Ye “Jane” He

in UNCG Working Papers in Education

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In diverse language communities (DLC’s), languages beyond English are valued and supported. Educators and scholar-practitioners may have interest in engaging with members of DLC’s, but may not have models or guidance for starting the process. To that end, the current article provides several examples of outreach programs or community-based research projects with DLC’s. The programs were sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities at UNCG, and include both faculty members and community partners as active contributors. The article describes the programs and then synthesizes the examples to provide suggestions for others who might be interested in attempting similar outreach.




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