Committed to Change: Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in Language Education

This yearlong seminar for UW-Madison language educators is a forum for shared professional learning around social justice and IDEA (inclusion, diversity equity, and access) in postsecondary language teaching and learning. At the first meeting, participants discussed goals for the seminar and voted on topics and readings to prioritize for group discussion. As a final culminating activity in Spring 2021, seminar participants will formulate and share with the UW-Madison community a set of recommendations for steps that language educators and administrators might to take to, for example, incorporate anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies, “decolonize” curricula, and increase access to language learning at UW-Madison.

The title for this seminar, Committed to Change, is from the July 2020 event of the same name hosted by the UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA). That event was a call to action. This seminar is part of the Language Institute’s response to that call. The title is used with permission from the DDEEA.


Study group, based on readings, talks and workshops.


Up to 15 UW-Madison faculty, academic staff or graduate students who teach language courses and/or conduct research on language teaching and learning.


Dianna Murphy, Language Institute


Readings are being selected by the group. The facilitator will provide a list of possible readings in advance of the first meeting. Participants will be encouraged to share other readings or resources for the group to consider.


Eight, 90-minute sessions (4 per semester) over the course of the academic year, with additional lectures and workshops (open to the broader UW-Madison community) sponsored by the Language Institute, Second Language Acquisition PhD Program, and other campus units.


3:00-4:30 pm, Friday, September 25, October 16, November 13, December 4, January 29, February 26, March 26, April 23

In addition to the seminar meetings, participants attended the following Fall 2020 events:

Spring 2021 events will be posted over the winter break.

To apply

The application date has passed.

Evaluative criteria

  • Relevance of the seminar to the applicant’s teaching or research interests
  • Broad representation across languages and departments
  • Representation among types of appointments (graduate student, academic staff, faculty)

Certificate of completion and book allowance

Participants who complete the seminar will receive a certificate of completion from the Language Institute and a book allowance of $150.


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