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. 

2021 Recipient: Lorena Ortiz Schneider, Ortiz Schneider Interpreting & Translation; CoPTIC 

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.

2021 Recipient: Representative Julia Brownley (CA-26)


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.

2021 Recipient: Phyllis Dragonas, Massachusetts Foreign Language Association

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Lifetime Service for Advocacy

The Lifetime Service for Advocacy award is a one-time award presented by the JNCL-NCLIS Board of Directors during the Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2021 in recognition of a language advocate who has demonstrated distinguished service, leadership, and dedication to world language advocacy.

2021 Recipient: Robert D. Peckham, AATF

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