Language and Linguistic Prejudice Related to Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity




University Center, MI


July 16-28, 2023


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



The institute aims to address the fact that most people renounce discrimination related to race, ethnicity, gender, and identity, but continue holding discriminatory beliefs about language. The Institute will examine linguistic bias and discrimination tied to ethnicity and race as well as to gender. It will discuss the dominant linguistic ideology, Standard English and non-standard varieties, discrimination toward "foreigner accents," the English-only movement in the US, and the extermination of Native American languages during colonization. The Institute will further analyze gender stereotypes about language use and examine the multiple ways language reflects and further perpetuates such stereotypes, heteronormativity, and homophobia.

Project Director(s)

Natalia Knoblock; Veronika Drake

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

April Baker-Bell; David Peterson; Trini Stickle; Megan Figueroa

Grantee Institution

Saginaw Valley State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs