advocacy awards

JNCL-NCLIS strives to recognize leadership excellence and dedication  for language education through advocacy.

All members are encouraged to participate in the awards process by submitting their nominations below.

NOTE: Application Deadline for ALL 2023 Awards:

COB Monday, September 12th, 2022

The J. David Edwards


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The J. David Edwards Power of Advocacy Award is an annual award presented at Language Advocacy Day to an outstanding language advocate who has demonstrated commitment and resilience in grassroots awareness, action and engagement. 

2022 Recipient: Michele Anciaux Aoki, NCSSFL Advocacy Chair



Equitable Language Education Visionary Advocate with Transformative Effect 

This award was created to honor successful advocacy work that language professionals who advance access and equity for language and culture learners within and beyond their classrooms. JNCL-NCLIS recognizes that individuals and teams are doing significant work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with their students, peers, and others, in their institutions and communities.

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The Rush D. Holt

Language Service to the Nation Award

The Rush D. Holt Award for Language Service to the Nation is an annual honor bestowed during Language Advocacy Day for exceptional public service in advancing the national interest through language and international education, research and development, and practice.

2022 Recipient: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

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The James E. Alatis 

Founder’s Award

Named for the late Dr. James E. Alatis, a founding member of the JNCL-NCLIS, the James E. Alatis Founder’s Award is bestowed on an occasional basis during Language Advocacy Day to honor exceptional and life-long contributions to the advancement of language and international education, research and development and practice.

2022 Recipient: Dennis Looney, Former Director of Programs and Director of Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, Modern Language Association

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