top of page
JNCL-NCLIS Board of Directors 2021 Slate of Candidates (3000 x 700 px) (3).png


Congratulations to the 2024 National Language Advocacy Award Recipients!

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. 

2024 Recipient: Krista Chambless, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish, French, and World language Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham




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.

Inaugural Award Recipient: Jill Landes-Lee, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Language Bridge Program University of Utah


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.

2024 Recipient: U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)


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.

bottom of page