Language Justice Initiative

The Just Communities Language Justice Initiative aims to create a more inclusive community by improving access to multilingual spaces in which people can connect across differences of language, culture, race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Language access ensures that everyone’s voices are truly heard and included in the process of community change, and is therefore a critical element of all movements for social justice. The Language Justice Initiative promotes best practices for creating inclusive multilingual space where all languages are valued equally and in which speakers of different languages benefit from listening to and sharing with one other.

The Language Justice Initiative includes the following components:

  • Interpreting for Social Justice Workshop: This 2.5-day workshop introduces participants to interpretation skills with a foundation in principles of equity and inclusion. The lead facilitator, Roberto Tijerina, is a nationally recognized trainer in interpretation and language justice. The workshop includes:
    • Skill Building in Consecutive & Simultaneous Interpretation
    • Ethical Issues and the Interpreter’s Role
    • Language, Power, and Social Justice
    • Creating an Inclusive Multilingual Space
      • Target Audience: Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters of all levels of skill and experience.
  • Creating Multilingual Space Workshop: This workshop introduces participants to the components of inclusive multilingual space. Participants explore modes of interpretation and translation, the interpreter role, and the 10 Best Practices for inclusive multilingual events. Participants assess their organizations and identify priorities for improving language access.
    • Target Audience: Leaders and staff members of schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community leaders and organizers, etc.
  • Introduction to Language Justice Workshop: This workshop introduces participants to an analysis of power and privilege based on language, including how language can be used as a tool of oppression in educational, workplace, healthcare, and other contexts. Participants explore how languages inequity relates to their own lives and how they can take action to promote language access and inclusion.
    • Target Audience: Educators, high school and college classes, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and organizers, etc.
  • Language Justice Network: Just Communities provides support and coordination to a group of community members dedicated to promoting language justice by providing resources and advocating for a more linguistically equitable community for all. For more information click here.

For more information about the Language Justice Initiative, please contact:

Alena Marie, Project Manager
(805) 966-2063

Please note that Just Communities does not provide or coordinate interpretation services for other agencies at this time.