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The Language Justice Institute

We focus on elevating the importance of multilingual learners nationally, championing fair and inclusive education, and building an early childhood workforce that centers on racial and linguistic equity for every child and family.

Professional Development

Technical Assistance

Leadership Development

Program Development

Policy & Advocacy

Systems Enhancement & Development

What we do

At the core of our mission, we are committed to fostering a diverse and culturally enriched educational system that empowers multilingual learners and their families to thrive. Through our dedicated efforts, we aim to create a brighter future where cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity is celebrated, and every child has equal access to the opportunities that quality education provides.

Our focus areas

Why we exist

We actively promote the use of all languages in the ECE field to influence situations, practices, and systems to build a world of pride, justice, and equity. We are committed to building an educational system that affirms varieties of languages* to shape who we are as a nation. 

*We refer to varieties of languages to language practices in the home and community that facilitate children’s shaping of identity, learning, and meaning-making, including: dialects, code-switching, verbal and nonverbal means of communication, as well as native languages being revitalized, protected, and promoted in a community.

For more information about The Language Justice Institute:

For more information about

The Language Justice Institute:

Carola Oliva-Olson, Ph.D. (ella/she/her)

Vice President of Early Childhood Studies


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