Fall Retreat: Addressing Linguistic Bias to Support All Learners

Fall Retreat: Addressing Linguistic Bias to Support All Learners

Join us on Friday Sept 30, 9-11:30. The retreat will explore and address linguistic bias to better support all learners. This includes learners for whom a language other than English is their first language, and learners for whom academic standard varieties of English are not their dominant language. Detailed speaker and event agenda to information to follow. This will be a two-track hybrid event. Join us in Gordon Commons (Breakfast and light refreshments will be served at 8:30) OR on Zoom (register for link).

Register for the retreat.

Invited Speakers

Anne Harper Charity Hudley

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  • Mariana Pacheco, (ella/she/her) is a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison. Her scholarship focuses on meaningful opportunities for bi/multilingual students to use their linguistic and cultural resources for learning and self-determination. Her work helps educators enhance the academic potential and life chances of bi/multilingual students from Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and (im)migrant backgrounds. She is a proud Chicana daughter of Mexican (im)migrants who was born and raised in Ventura County, CA. Spanish is her first language, and the language of cariño and familia. She loved being a bilingual elementary school teacher in Southern California before having earned her PhD at UCLA in urban schooling.
  • Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D., (she/her/hers) is Associate Dean of Educational Affairs and Professor of Education at Stanford University. She is Professor of African-American Studies and Linguistics by courtesy. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and educational practices and policies from preschool through graduate school. She has a particular emphasis on creating high-impact practices for underrepresented students in higher education. Charity Hudley is the co-author of four books, most recently The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research and Talking College: Making Spaces for Black Language Practices in Higher Education. Charity Hudley is a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her contributions to the study of language and education have been recognized with a Public Engagement Award from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and a Language and the Public award from the Linguistic Society of America, as well as a best paper in Language award.
  • Tim Cavnar (he/him/his) is a dissertator in UW’s Second Language Acquisition program. Drawing on his combined experience as an ESL/EFL teacher, a writing instructor, and an applied linguist, his research asks: how do we talk about writing in universities? In particular, how are language ideologies—evaluative ways of thinking and talking about language—communicated to and by students in that context? His dissertation (in progress) maps out Chinese international students’ social networks, targeting people with whom they discuss academic writing, to identify when and how language-ideological communication happens on campus, between whom, and to what effect.
  • Claire Darmstadter (she/her/hers) is a UW-Madison senior studying to pursue a career in Spanish/English elementary bilingual education. She currently works as a CP 125 teaching fellow and is the vice president of Advocates for Immigrants’ Rights (AIR). Claire has been studying, volunteering, and working in the intersection of language and education for a decade. In Spring 2021, she created the website Multilingualism and Education in Wisconsin to celebrate Wisconsin’s rich linguistic diversity and increase the number of multilingual/multilingual oriented educators in the state. She hopes her work can support policies and attitudes that view multilingualism as an additive part of one’s identity.

Thank you to the Language Institute at UW-Madison for its support and generous contributions to the Fall 2022 Retreat.



The Teaching Academy strives to make our events accessible to all. Live captioning will be provided. All events are wheelchair accessible. Please direct requests for other accommodations to teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu by Friday, September 23.

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