NCSU Linguistics Program | Dialect Education | Campus Diversity

Campus Diversity Project

Educating the Educated

ABOUT US: Our program, “Educating the Educated: A University-Wide Language Diversity Initiative,” is establishing a comprehensive approach to the issue of language diversity on campus. The model is a collaborative effort by members of CHASS, DASA, and College of Education led by Drs. Stephany Dunstan, Walt Wolfram, and Audrey Jaeger. Additionally, the Educating the Educated plan has established a student ambassador program that involves the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students actively engaged in peer diversity education through a program that enriches students’ learning experiences, enhancing peer diversity education on campus, and which facilitates the sustainability of the Educating the Educated program.

Ideally, through this initiative every student, faculty and staff member who comes to NC State will be exposed to dialect diversity education and gain some understanding of its value. We believe that by highlighting this often-unrecognized type of diversity in a systematic way, we can make NC State a more inclusive linguistic environment for all of its constituents and expose issues of language-based stratification and inequality in systematic and comprehensive ways.

 

A heartfelt thank-you to all students, faculty, and staff who participated in this vignette! It was used to welcome NC State's 2013 incoming class at convocation!

Press
Article in the News and Observer
Talkin' Tar Heel and Educating the Educated on WUNC's The State of Things

How to contact us: If you are interested in learning more about language diversity, would like us to facilitate a language diversity workshop, or to provide you with resources tailored specifically to your department/unit, please contact any of the co-directors listed above via phone or email. We have resources to accommodate any and all campus groups- students, faculty, staff and public outreach!

Language Diversity Research and Projects

Angela Tramontelli - The Inclusion of Linguistic Diversity in Foreign Language Curricula

Upcoming events:
For the latest events, visit Howl With an Accent

Spring 2015

  • Tarheel Talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Presentation to STS 323: World Population and Food Prospects (April)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Presentation to MLS 501: Seminar in Liberal Studies (April)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Presentation to STS 323: World Population and Food Prospects (April)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; College of Education Cross Cultural Communication Series (April)

Past events:

Spring 2015

  • English Club (April)
  • Language variation in the United States: Culture, identity, and diversity; Workship for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Gifted Student Program, Global Training Initiative (February)
  • Language variation: the forgotten dimension of diversity; Presentation to EAC 795 Diversity in Higher Education (March)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Workshop for STS 323 World Population and Food Prospects (March)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Workshop for STS 323Q World Population and Food Prospects (March)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Workshop for MLS 501 Seminar in Liberal Studies (March)
  • Language Diversity Seminar and Workshop for the National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), broadcast to ASSIST partner institutions Pennsylvania State University, University of Virginia and Florida International University (January)

Fall 2014

  • New Faculty Orientation (August)
  • Residence Director training (August)
  • Packapalooza (August)
  • Language and college access: College Advising Corps Training (August)
  • Linguistic diversity on campus and in the residence halls, Presentation to Residence Hall Advisor and Director Training (August)
  • Howl with an accent: language diversity and NC State, Presentation to Staff Diversity Advisory Board (September)
  • Tarheel Talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state, Workshop for STS 323 World Population and Food Prospects (September)
  • Language diversity in the university backyard, Program for the North Carolina State University Conference on Leadership and Diversity (September)
  • Language variation: the forgotten dimension of diversity, Workshop for Diversity Education Week (October)
  • Language, culture, and diversity; Workshop for the International Cultural Leadership Project, GlobalTraining Initiative (October)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state, Workshop for STS 323Q World Population and Food Prospects (October)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Workshop for ECD 224 Student Development and Peer Mentoring (November)
  • Tarheel talk: Celebrating linguistic diversity on campus and in our state; Workshop for the Engaging Leaders Program in the College of Natural Resources (November)

Spring 2014

  • Linguistic diversity on camus and in the classroom, Workshop for AEE 426: Methods in Teaching Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (April)
  • College of Natural Resources workshop (February)
  • First Year Writing Center workshop (April)
  • AAE 426 class workshop (April)
  • Writing and Tutorial Center workshop (April)
  • Brickyard information event (April)

Fall 2013

  • New Faculty Orientation (August)
  • North Carolina State Fair (October)
  • AEE 426 class workshop (October)

Summer 2013

  • Residence Hall Director training (July)

Fall 2012

  • STS 323 class workshop (September)
  • First Year Inquiry class workshop (September)
  • ELP 795 class workshop (September)
  • ECD 296 class workshop (October)

Project Co-directors
Stephany Dunstan (sbdunsta at ncsu dot edu)
Walt Wolfram (walt_wolfram at ncsu dot edu)
Audrey Jaeger (audrey_jaeger at ncsu dot edu)

Video Production
Danica Cullinan (danica_cullinan at ncsu dot edu)

Student Ambassadors
Kellam Barta (lead ambassador)
Amanda Eads
Mary-Katherine Hedrick
Amy Hemmeter
Nicholas Membrez-Weiler
Sean Minty
Caroline Myrick
Angela Tramontelli
Joel Schneier
Brooke Wallig
Karissa Wojcik

Diversity Ambassador Alumni
Erin Adamson (lead ambassador)
May Chung
Megan Cooper
Shivonne Gates
Caroline Myrick
Joel Schneier
Angela Tramontelli