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Contextualizing the Path to Academic Success: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Gaining Voice and Agency in Higher Education

ByHigher Education Melissa Holmes, Cristina Fanning, Amanda Morales, Pedro Espinoza, Socorro Herrera

Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.

For decades, we as a nation have struggled to answer age-old questions regarding the purpose and practice of educating linguistic minorities in the United States. As evidenced in seminal reports such as The Unfi nished Education (1971) and The Excluded Student (1972) published by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCOCR), the educational plight of immigrant populations and their lack of access to full, meaningful participation in schools is long-standing.