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Working Groups

Advocacy Working Group

This newly restarted working group will explore the various forms of advocacy of researchers, teachers, community members, families, and students in relation to multilingual learners, educational programs, instructional practices, and policies. The group is very important in today's "post-truth" era. We believe in the power of working together and would like to help our members share their advocacy efforts, as well as expand our reach by providing information on other possible advocacy routes at the local, state and federal levels.


Lina Martin Corredor,  Assistant Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver lmartinc@msudenver.edu

Christina P. DeNicolo, Associate Professor of Bilingual /Bicultural  Education, Wayne State University 



Dan Heiman, Assistant Professor of Bilingual/Biliteracy Education, University of Texas at El Paso

Ryan W. Pontier, Assistant Professor,  Florida International University

Kristen L. Pratt, Assistant Professor, ESOL & Bilingual Education, Western Oregon University

Jorge Solis, Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

Mentoring Working Group

The Mentoring Working Group of the BER aims to support doctoral candidates and junior scholars by facilitating connections with more experienced and knowledgeable senior scholars, unveiling hidden discourses within the academy, and creating constructive discursive spaces for all to come together to continue to move the research in our field forward.


Zhongfeng Tian, The University of Texas at San Antonio, zhongfeng.tian@utsa.edu 


Suzanne García-Mateus (member), California State University, Monterey Bay, sgmateus@csumb.edu

Clara Amador-Lankster (member), National University, camadorl@nu.edu 

Newsletter Working Group

The BER Newsletter Working Group aims to identify and share timely information to the members of the BER SIG at the local, national, and international levels. The newsletter reflects the linguistic and cultural diversity of the BER members and broader society, and works in collaboration with other SIG groups to build communication, collegiality, and collaborations across members.


Garrett DeLavan, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, gdelavan@gsu.edu

  • Christian Faltis, Professor, Texas A & M International University
  • Nozipho Moyo, Graduate Student, University of Johannesburg
  • Giselle del Carmen Martinez Negrette, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Éve Ryan, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Minhye Son, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, California State University Dominguez Hills
  • Martha Garrett Sandstead, Graduate Student, Oregon State University

Oral History Working Group


Rebecca Linares, Historian, Rowan Univeresity,  linares@rowan.edu 


  • Leah Durán, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, University of Arizona
  • Natasha Perez
  • Sharon Ulanoff, Professor of Bilingual/Multicultural and Literacy Education, California State University
  • Rick Yoder

Social Media Group

The Social Media Working Group of the BER works to using social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, to serve the community of the BER. Specifically, our aims are to raise awareness of the good work members of the BER are doing and to increase communication, collegiality and collaborations across the BER community. We use social media to post news and information, as well as highlight policy and advocacy events that are of interest to our members.

Chair: Ana Solano Campos, Communication Chair, Georgia State University,