Multilingualism and Language Empowerment: A Response to Inequality is jointly sponsored by the following institutions, initiatives, and projects at the CUNY Graduate Center:


Second Language Acquisition Laboratory (website)

SLAL-LOGOThe Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Lab at the CUNY Graduate Center is a research and teaching lab studying the linguistic development of second language learners and bilinguals. A variety of projects are currently underway including the Second-Generation Bilinguals Project, the Development of Language and Literacy in Bilingual Students with Low Native-Language Literacy Skills, the Acquisition of Tense and Aspect in Bilingual Children and Adults, and the Development of Syntax and Reading in Bilingual Children.


Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (website)

rislus_logo_470x242The Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) conducts research on language, literacy, and bilingualism and their development and acquisition in urban societies. The central mission of RISLUS is to investigate those research questions that are at the nexus of language and the urban environment, especially in New York City. RISLUS is located in the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.


Advanced Research Collaborative (website)


The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) extends the Graduate Center’s global reach and prominence as an international hub of advanced study. Specifically, ARC partners with the Graduate Center’s forty research centers, institutes, interdisciplinary committees, and other academic initiatives to promote interdisciplinary research. ARC also works closely with Graduate Center offices to promote public programming on critical issues of the day. Through its fellowships, which attract international researchers and scholars as well as doctoral students, participants are offered even more possibilities for collaboration. ARC supports several areas of study, with a focus on a small number of research themes each year.


Bridges to Academic Success (website)

Bridges-LogoThe mission of Bridges to Academic Success is to provide educational services to newcomer students who enter US schools with limited academic skills and low levels of literacy in their home languages. Bridges supports greater academic achievement for these students by helping them accelerate language, literacy and content area learning through school programming and specialized curricula that target their unique needs, as well as professional development for teachers.


Endangered Languages Initiative (website)

The Endangered Language Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center aims to promote the scientific study of endangered languages in the areas of research and teaching. It is also dedicated to educating the public and broader scientific community about the study of endangered languages. Fieldwork is encouraged and opportunities for urban fieldwork on endangered languages can be arranged in collaboration with The Endangered Language Alliance. The Initiative sponsors workshops, talks, visiting scholars, and other special events.


Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (website)


The mission of the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) is to support and promote the teaching and learning of languages at CUNY in the context of New York City’s multilingual communities. The Institute is a research and resource center for language education at CUNY. As a research center, ILETC supports projects by language scholars and instructors in the fields of language pedagogy, second language acquisition theory, and translingual and transcultural communication. As a resource center, ILETC collaborates with language programs and faculty at CUNY to cultivate opportunities for professional development and promote the production and dissemination of materials for language education. ILETC was founded in 2012 and is supported through university-wide funding, as well as through the individual support of Hunter College, Queens College, the College of Staten Island, and the Graduate Center.