Transforming Higher Education: Creating Linguistically Affirming Campus Environments

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Simone A. Francis


Campus environments today are an amalgamation of students from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As the number of linguistically diverse students in post-secondary education continues to rise, higher education institutions in the United States are challenged with, and responsible for, supporting their needs. However, linguistically diverse students, particularly students of color, learn early on that their academic environments are rooted in standard language ideology and that their variety of English and/or primary language is deemed inadequate and invaluable. This paper presents culturally relevant pedagogies and curriculum as opportunities for campus environments to enact change surrounding institutional culture and create spaces that validate and affirm students and their linguistic varieties.

Keywords: linguistic diversity, cultural relevance, standard language ideology


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Francis, S. (2019). Transforming Higher Education: Creating Linguistically Affirming Campus Environments. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 24-34. Retrieved from