FLANC Statement - June 12, 2020
It is the mission of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina to promote opportunities for all students from kindergarten through post graduate studies to develop a high level of competence in at least one language in addition to their own; to provide leadership, support and service to those committed to language learning; and to coordinate the efforts of all those involved in education to make language learning in programs of excellence a reality for all.
As language educators, not only do we provide language and cultural education for our students, we also aim to develop globally-minded citizens. We are committed to combating systemic and all other forms of racism. In keeping with our mission of providing programs of excellence for all, we are also responsible for making safety, inclusion, and equality a reality for all.
We are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. We firmly condemn racism, bigotry, and police brutality. Moving forward, we strive to learn from each other and listen to those whose voices have for too long been ignored. Racism and white supremacy have no place in our language classrooms and in our larger society, and we believe educators must take active steps to combat these horrible injustices. We must act to make our world a better place and promote a fuller and richer understanding of all people and cultures. We must be deliberate in our instructional practices to ensure that our students and future leaders will live in a safe, just, and antiracist world. FLANC will continue to offer resources and sessions at our conferences that highlight the contributions of minority voices, advocate for social justice and equity, and extend the teaching of languages to students of all levels and from all backgrounds.
FLANC would like to raise our collective voice and express our solidarity with and for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.