Foundational Knowledge: In an effort to cross-disciplinary, I work to include my linguistic background into the field of higher education. Linguistics help assess micro-level interactions and large patterns of communication (or silencing).
Application & Learning How To Learn: Circumstances where individuals of particular identities are excluded from entire swathes of history and discourse that they were present for are common at University of Denver. In examining policies of liberal or conservative centricity in institutions of higher education, it wasn't uncommon for individuals to cling stances of neutrality or to boast of base-line accomplishments. Take "LGBTQIA." What and who does this lumping together of the acronym benefit? Is it for ease? Because they're always together? Why when we cover this acronym, do we not dissect all of its parts? Is it easier? Do we not have enough time? Why do gay and lesbian get prioritized for time but not asexuality? Who is making this decision and why? What other changes are happening on a mostly-unnoticed linguistic level that reproduce harmful binaries and historical narratives? These are the linguistic statements of oppression that transition into tangible practices of oppression and how this happens is outlined by various works on this page.
Integration: How does linguistic exclusion impact students, specifically students of color? The presentation below was a collaborative work between myself and two other Higher Education Master's students in an attempt to encapsulate the importance of individual-level interactions with students and how holding particular subordinated identities changes navigation of access to higher education.
Human Dimension: & Caring/Valuing As someone particularly keen and sensitive to linguistic choices of diction in reference to communities I belong to, I try my best to acknowledge my sensitivities. While doing this though, I feel a natural inclination to vigorously investigate the subtleties of language and the power these subtleties hold. I have found friendship with those equally committed-to or aware-of their linguistic habits. Syntactic and dictionary choice (intended or not) are important in building positive relationships...a care to language can help reflect care in the communication. This is apparent in the way we acknowledge (lands, painful events) and should receive consideration outside of presentations and mass-media events. Inattention to these linguistic variables is akin to inattention to the full cultural capital of our students.