The J. David Edwards Power of Advocacy Award is an annually sponsored award presented at JNCL-NCLIS' Language Advocacy Day. Each year, JNCL-NCLIS recognizes one language advocate in the field who has exhibited excellence in grassroots advocacy. The Language Advocate of the Year recipient demonstrates leadership and resilience through designing and/or executing inclusive advocacy initiatives at the local, state, and/or federal level. The Language Advocate of the Year recipient also inspires stakeholders and directly engages with decision-makers to further the mission of JNCL-NCLIS: to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.
All individuals belonging to a JNCL-NCLIS member organization in good financial standing (paid JNCL-NCLIS annual dues by September 1st) are eligible to be nominated for this award. All member organizations in good financial standing are eligible to nominate an individual for this award.
All complete nomination packets submitted by September 14th, 2020 will be considered for this award.