The UW-Madison’s Languages initiative is a grass-roots project that aims to raise awareness of the linguistic diversity of our campus and local communities; recognize and communicate the value of multilingualism for individuals, communities, and societies; promote understanding of language as a key aspect of diversity; recognize and address linguistic prejudice and discrimination; and promote a more inclusive campus climate in which language is recognized as a key aspect of identity that contributes to the diversity of our campus community.
Following broad campus input, three ad hoc working groups will be formed to work on the following areas of focus:
- Raising awareness of the value of bi/multilingualism, of the many languages represented by the UW-Madison campus community, and of Wisconsin as a multilingual state
- Engaging in initiatives to integrate language(s) into campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts, with an emphasis on the need to recognize and address linguistic prejudice and discrimination in all forms, and to ensure equity and access in all university activities for minoritized groups, Deaf and hard of hearing students and staff, and bi/multilingual students and staff.
- Advocating for increased visibility and support for Indigenous languages
All members of the UW-Madison community are welcome to join in our collective work!
If you are interested in participating in a meeting in a language other than English, please call Cultural Linguistic Services:
Español/Spanish: (608) 265-0838 Hmoob/Hmong: (608) 263-2217 བོད་ཡིག/Tibetan: (608) 890-2545 中文/Chinese: (608) 890-2628 नेपाली/Nepali: (608) 262-7521
Subscribe to our email list
If you would like to receive updates about this project, please email Kristin Dalby or follow these steps:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Within a minute or two, you’ll receive an email that includes steps to confirm your membership.
- Log into your UW-Madison G Suite account, not your personal Google account, to complete the steps provided in the membership email.
Project documents and meeting reports
- Rationale for the initiative
- Report from September 30, 2020 planning meeting
- Report from December 2, 2020 planning meeting (coming soon)
Center for East Asian Studies
Center for South Asia
Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
Cultural Linguistic Services
Department of African Cultural Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Department of English
Department of French and Italian
Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Division of Continuing Studies Language Program
International Studies Major
Second Language Acquisition PhD Program
Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes
The Writing Center