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Elevating Language Learning Series, JNCL-NCLIS and Vista Higher Learning Announce Advocacy Tool Connecting Multilingual Professionals and Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13, 2024 – Today, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), the leading language education advocacy coalition, announced the release of a four-part conversation series, Elevating Language Learning. Each conversation in the series serves as a compelling advocacy tool showcasing the benefits of multilingualism in a variety of career paths, and highlighting the opportunities opened to students during their language learning journey. The series is built on the concept that the ideas and experiences shared in bite-sized advocacy pitches can often make all the difference in garnering support from decision-makers, and leads with the question, "How does multilingualism bring value to your work and life?". The Elevating Language Learning conversation series is made possible by generous sponsorship and collaboration with Vista Higher Learning.

JNCL-NCLIS is honored to launch this series with a featured conversation between multilingual professional Jillian Bonner, Manager of U.S. for the Pulsera Project, and Georgia State University language student William Gordon. The remaining conversations will be released over the next four weeks.

Both JNCL-NCLIS and Vista Higher Learning will share tips for best leveraging the conversations as advocacy tools both in the classroom and beyond.

Upcoming conversation releases will feature:

  • Edward Branagan, Education Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and College of Charleston language student, Sarah Bagwell

  • Matthew Lilly, French Program Manager, Xperitas, and University of Louisville language student, Cody Smith

You can learn more about the series at


About JNCL-NCLIS: Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) unites a national network of leading organizations and businesses comprised of over 300,000 language professionals to advocate for equitable language learning opportunities. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.

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