Fall 2009

During the Advisory Board Meeting for the TESOL for ALL grant, the idea of establishing a partnership of researchers, community partners, and other stakeholders to support and disseminate community-based research that enhances collaboration among diverse language communities, and promotes equity in education was proposed as a way to further sustain the TESOL for ALL impact.

Spring 2010

Drs. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks, and Barbara Levin initiated the effort in establishing this partnership and obtained funding to launch the first summer retreat to discuss the potential of establishing such a community.

Summer 2010

The first summer retreat took place during July 2010. Interested faculty members and the Director of Research from the School of Education were invited to participate in the retreat. As a result of the retreat, the scope and mission of a proposed coalition was drafted. Faculty and staff from other units across UNCG campus were also invited to offer suggestions and feedback to seek collaboration possibilities. The Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) was established.

Fall 2010

Monthly meetings were held to seek further understanding of the policy work relevant to the proposed coalition and discuss procedures in establishing a proposed center for the coalition. Workshops focusing on policy issues were conducted. Current meeting schedule can be found on our calendar here.

Spring 2011

Brown Bag Speaker Series were launched to invite faculty members conducting research in and for diverse language communities to share their findings. Faculty members also identified various research projects to work collaboratively on as part of the CDLC research agenda.

Summer 2011

The second CDLC summer retreat was held in May 2011. The community voice project was launched and focus group meetings with representatives from local diverse language communities were conducted.

Fall 2011

Collaboration with the UNCG SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee (AEC) on research and service began officially in Fall 2011. CDLC  co-sponsored with AEC a panel of first-generation UNCG college students who spoke to parents at Smith High School on November 10th about how to support their children’s access to and success in college. The panel discussion is a reoccurring event that most recently took place in November, 2013.

Spring 2012

Dr. Silvia Bettez presented her research at a CDLC Brown Bag March 18th. The title of her presentation was The Experiences and Impact of Translocational Positionality in Educational Spaces: Refugee Stories of Mothers and Daughters from Burma and Iran. Dr. Laura Gonzalez presented her research with Dr. Gabriela Stein at a second CDLC Brown Bag on April 29th. Their presentation was titled Caminos al Futuro: Pathways to the Future! A study of the intersection of educational aspirations, family and cultural influences, experiences in school, and depressive symptomatology. See CDLC Accomplishments June 2010-February 2012 for more details.

Summer 2012

The third CDLC summer retreat was held in August 2012. An ambitious agenda was proposed for 2012-2013 to include grant writing projects, continued data analysis and conference proposal writing for the Community Voices and other projects, needed publicity materials, and two Brown Bags.

Fall 2012

Dr. Omer Omer of the NC African Services Coalition offered insights on the experiences of African refugees in schools during the October 11th Brown Bag co-sponsored by CDLC and AEC (see AECOmerFlyer), and on November 8th Professors Chu, Bird, and Oguz spoke about Project APRCH at another CDLC Brown Bag. Their project deals with the cultural survival of refugee communities. See Fall 2012 CDLC Accomplishments for more details.