Language advocates on the Hill at the 2014 JNCL-NCLIS meeting

From promoting scientific research funding to supporting multilingual education, the LSA is active in a broad range of policy issues affecting language and linguistics.

Our advocacy work is focused in four main areas:

Linguistics Research informing Public Policy

Advocating for the LSA and Linguistics​

LSA Committees Active on Policy Issues

External LSA Partners

Additionally, see our Resources Related to Public Policy.

LSA staff and leaders work with external organizations and internal groups to inform policymakers and opinion leaders about the important role of linguistics in benefiting the broader public. Members with an interest in policy issues are encouraged to stay informed and take part in the LSA's work.


Current News and Action Alerts:

HAPPENING NOW: Two bills regarding Native American Language Revitalization and Education introduced in the Senate (May 2021)

  • In a Senate Hearing on May 29th, 2021, the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs met to discuss S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act, and S. 1402, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act. Click here to read the report prepared by an LSA attendee, which includes links to the recorded session and more information about the acts. For more background on related legislation from prior sessions of Congress, please visit this archive page of our site.

HAPPENING NOW: Two competing bills have implications for the future of NSF funding (Summer 2021)

  • In March, 20021, the House of Representatives introduced the National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225), and in April 2021 the Senate introduced the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) (formerly referred to as the Endless Frontier Act) (S. 1260), two bills provide different plans regarding the NSF's overall budget, funding for STEM education and minority-serving institutions, focus on competitiveness in national defense, among many other issues relevant to education and science research. A summary of H.R. 2225 can be found here, and a summary of S.1260 can be found here. Additionally, on July 2nd, 2021 LSA ally the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), a non-profit organization advocating for social and behavior science research and funding, provided a summary of the bills as they stood at that time.

  • UPDATE: On June 15th, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee advanced H.R. 2225, which will now be presented to the full House of Representatives at a later date. Click here to read COSSA's review of updates to the bill.

  • UPDATE: On June 8th, the Senate passed S. 1260, now including an ehnanced budget and providing more common ground with H.R. 2225. Click here to read COSSA's review of the updates to the bill.

  • UPDATES: You can access the blog archive from the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), a non-profit organization advocating for social and behavior science research and funding, which provides continual updates on the status of the bills. Click here to read COSSA's take on what is happening now.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Invest in NSF Funding with the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)

HAPPENING NOW: The FY2022 Budget, currently being developed, will have implications for Social Science Funding (Summer 2021)

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Reject Cuts to the Institute of Education Science, International Educationand Foreign Language Programs with the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)

  • The President’s Budget Request proposed steep cuts to social science programs at the Department of Education. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), a non-profit organization advocating for social and behavior science research and funding, has an action alert page where you can use their email generator to write your Members of Congress and tell them why you support funding for social science and education research at the Department of Education.

TAKE ACTION: With the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL)

  • The Joint National Committee for Languages is an organization analyzing legislation related to language and promoting public awareness of the benefits of multilingualism. Visit their advocacy page for more action alerts.

TAKE ACTION: With the National Humanities Alliance (NHA)

  • The National Humanities Alliance is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Visit their advocacy page for more action alerts.

Archived Policy Alerts and Advocacy Initiatives