Workshop 1, entitled Critical Language Awareness Through Sociolinguistics-based Activities will take place on Thursday, April 7 from 3:30 to 5:00pm (EST). Facilitated by Dr. Damián Vergara Wilson, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico.

Raising Critical Language Awareness (CLA) has become a popular and important topic in the teaching of Spanish as a Heritage language.  However, a great deal of published material on CLA is theoretical and concrete pedagogical suggestions are just now beginning to surface. Similarly practitioners have suggested that sociolinguistics should inform Heritage language teaching In the face of scant tangible suggestions. Both approaches are proposed to play an important part in emancipatory education that challenges dominant ideological paradigms. This workshop presents activities that draw from sociolinguistics that can be used in SHL or mixed L2/HL learner communities to raise CLA and gives suggestions for educators to apply their own creativity to achieve this goal. As we go through the exercises, we will discuss how they relate to sociolinguistics and raise CLA. Be prepared to participate through interactive apps.


Workshop 2, Funding 101 for Grad Students, will take place on Friday, April 8 from 3:30 to 5:00pm (EST) and facilitated by Dr. Paola Cepeda, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Have you thought about how funding fits in with your overall career path? Do you know how to identify funding sources that are compatible with your research? Whether you are a first-year graduate student or you have already advanced to candidacy, you need to know the basics on how to start your research funding search. In this workshop, we’ll examine strategies to efficiently search for external funding that fits you, your research, and your professional goals.