The world needs linguists

The troubling events of this week are serving as a reminder that now more than ever, we need to be engaging in challenging conversations and dialoging across difference. For me, it’s also a powerful reminder of just how much our skills as linguists are needed: we are trained to see systems (and not only how they interrelate, but especially how they change), we are experts at listening, we unearth assumptions, and we do not run away from overwhelming (even contradicting) input – in fact, this is where a linguist begins!

As part of my own commitment to bringing linguistics to work, especially in ways that support equity and promoting our shared civic greater good, I’m offering a free consult to any Career Linguists currently putting together materials to work in the public or social sectors, either pocket-full-of stories or a story consult (focus on a career text like a resume, cover letter, portfolio, Linked in profile, etc).

Contact me for a code that enables you to register for 100% discount

Also, some resources of possible interest:

I just joined Braver Angels a non-profit whose work is about depolarizing America. I’m planning to attend their national gathering on Tuesday called Hold America Together

you might also want to check out Engaging Differences a free video series available online from the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization founded here in Tucson after the shooting that injured Gabrielle Giffords.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has an amazing resource about responding to everyday bigotry called Speak Up.

What resources do you have to share? Our community needs them!

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