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The J. David Edwards


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. 

2023 Recipient: Marie J. Campanaro, NBCT WLOE

NYSAFLT Public Advocacy Chair

Spanish Teacher, Spencerport CS NY



Equitable Language Education Visionary Advocate with Transformative Effect 

This award was created to honor successful advocacy work that advances access and equity for language and culture learners within and beyond the classroom. 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.


All Hands In

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.

2023 Recipient: U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-19)

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.

2023 Recipients:

Dr. Dan E. Davidson (pictured left)

Director, American Councils Research Center

Emeritus Professor of Russian and SLA, Bryn Mawr College

Dr. Richard D. Brecht (pictured right)

Co-Director, American Councils Research Center

Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

Co-Founder, Jeenie

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