JNCL-NCLIS advocates for the interests of the language community through lobbying the US Congress and Executive Branch agencies, and through public awareness raising on a variety of language-related issues. JNCL-NCLIS staff regularly meet with policy-makers to advance the policy priorities of our members, and to disseminate information about the national security, economic, and social justice imperatives of increasing language capacity in the U.S., the cognitive and educational benefits of language learning, and the developments necessary to implement language programming in the US system.
March 8, 2014 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a Seal of Bilingualism. The seal honors graduates who are proficient in speaking and writing a language other than English. Several school districts and individual schools have a bilingual seal, but it had not previously been coordinated statewide. Read the Governor’s Press Release or view the text.. read more →
On December 11, 2013, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the American Councils for International Education submitted a letter with nearly 80 signatories to Secretary of State John Kerry urging restoration of funding for the Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act (PL.. read more →
Over the summer, JNCL-NCLIS conducted a survey of all members of Congress regarding self-reported language ability. We have compiled a report of the encouraging results from the survey. Congress speaks world languages read more →