ALC Webinar Series Presents: JNCL Advocacy Update
Presented by: Bill Rivers and Trey Calvin
Interested in learning more about JNCL and what they have been working on since the 2019 ALC Advocacy Day? Join the ALC Webinar Series on June 14, to learn more about what has been happening since Advocacy Day, tips on how you can continue to build relationships with the JNCL team and office, and how you can continue to advocate for languages.
Dr. Bill Rivers, Executive Director, the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies
Dr. Rivers has more than 25 years’ experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with publications in second and third language acquisition research, proficiency assessment, program evaluation, and language policy development and advocacy. He is the immediate past and founding Chair of ASTM Technical Committee F43, Language Services and Products and chairs the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Education and Learning Services. He serves as a member of the America’s Languages Working Group of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is an honorary member of the Association of Language Companies.
Before joining JNCL-NCLIS, he served as Chief Scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., a small business in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on strategic planning, management, and advanced technologies for language and culture programs in the public sector. While at ITS, he served in a contractor role as the Chief Linguist of the National Language Service Corps. Prior to working at ITS, he was a founding member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland, and was a staff member of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland from 1994 to 2003, leaving NFLC as Assistant Director.
During his career, Dr. Rivers has also taught Russian (beginning through advanced), language policy, and second language acquisition at the University of Maryland, worked as a freelance interpreter and translator, and conducted field work in Kazakhstan, where he regularly returns to teach at several universities. He received his PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his MA, BA, and BS (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Maryland. He speaks Russian and French.
Trey Calvin, Managing Policy Analyst, the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies
Trey Calvin is the Managing Policy Analyst at JNCL-NCLIS, where he conducts federal and state policy analysis for a myriad of non-profit organizations and corporate clients throughout the language enterprise. Trey previously worked at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), where he led grassroots advocacy and public policy initiatives, including opposing defining computer coding as a “foreign language,” ameliorating the national language teacher shortage, and establishing Seal of Biliteracy programs nationwide. Prior to ACTFL, he taught Spanish, English Literature and creative writing at the middle school and high school level. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a master’s degree in from Middlebury College. Outside of the classroom Trey is a seasoned campaign organizer, working on several presidential and gubernatorial races, and dozens of state and local elections. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and is learning French.
Why should I advocate for languages?
Everyday in Washington, DC, federal policymakers are setting the educational, business, and funding priorities for our country’s future. By speaking up for languages, experts like you have a chance to make sure that the priorities of the language enterprise make the cut.
Your unique experience, your connections and your business acumen make you an expert resource for federal policymakers seeking insight on how to address the issues affecting the language industry. Showing up and taking a stand on a issue that’s important to you and your community is what matters. As the saying goes, “if you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.”
The mission of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) is to set you up for success: we coordinate 100% of your Capitol Hill meetings, prepare briefing materials for you and your group, and provide coaching and insights for navigating Congress prior to your meetings.
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