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Building Opportunity through Multilingualism


Each year, JNCL-NCLIS delegates and dedicated language advocates across the country unite to meet with Members of Congress and promote the importance of language education and international studies at our Language Advocacy Days (LAD).

Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2023 will be held February 8-10th, 2023.

Let's continue the momentum.
Join hundreds of language advocates from all 50 states.


Source: Language Advocacy Days 2022

During Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2023, attendees will build relationships with members of Congress and meet to discuss the most pressing issues facing language programs, educators, and professionals across the nation. Past keynote speakers include Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Former United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

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About LAD

LAD is the catalyst for our year-round advocacy work to:

  • Facilitate the free movement of people, information, and ideas

  • Strengthen the economy

  • Improve national security

  • Build mutual understanding and acceptance of cultural and linguistic diversity

  • Promote the personal and professional development of all students






First Chief,
United Nations
Academic Impact


"Languages, once defenses of the frontiers and identities that separated people, have today the power to unite nations."

Keynote Speakers


This year, attendees will explore the theme

Building Opportunity through Multilingualism.

As a Language Advocacy Days 2023 attendee you will explore this year's theme, Building Opportunity through Multilingualism, by:

  • Hearing from featured speakers from a variety of language backgrounds and experiences

  • Participating in activities that highlight how multilingualism increases our capacity to grow as a nation

  • Engaging in self-reflection of your own personal language experiences to develop your language advocate story and strengthen your advocacy

In addition to new programming related to this year's theme, attendees will have access to updated advocacy training and preparation materials for Congressional Meetings including sessions to:

  • Explore the most pressing issues facing language education policy, and how you can get involved

  • Share your story with legislators and other stakeholders

  • Develop and strengthen your advocacy skills and strategies

  • Network with fellow language advocates and professionals

  • Work collaboratively to raise the profile of language education and international studies

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