advocacy awards

JNCL-NCLIS strives to recognize excellence, dedication and life-time leadership throughout the Language Enterprise through the following awards.

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

NOTE: Application Deadline for ALL 2022 Awards:

COB Monday, September 13th, 2021

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

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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