CAMPUS ADVISORY BOARD
Language Learning and Research Center (LLRC)
Department of Africana Studies
My research focuses on the area of transnational migration. During the past few decades, I have been reporting on the strategies the contemporary Caribbean immigrants have developed and utilized to adapt to the realities and exigencies of the host society. What I have discovered is that in addition to dealing with issue related to race and ethnicity, language has remained one among the most important concerns they have address. While the adult Caribbean immigrants who do not speak English as their native language find it difficult at various degree to master US English due to their age and the exigencies of their daily lives to proceed to their adaptive goals and aspirations, those who migrate with a variety of English that is dissimilar to the US standard form also face a great deal of hurdles as they seek to integrate themselves into the US social construct. Through the years, I have sought to inform US stakeholders who are genuinely concerned about the future of these groups to pay attention to their travails and those of their progenies as they endeavor to master US English to become full members of the US polity.
Although MIC plans to address the realities of the US Asian populations, there exist many parallels and similarities in these two disparate populations’ adaptive approaches. I am certain that the findings of MIC’s research initiatives will enrich the field of translational migration and will help shed light on the realities of these populations who labor within the US social structure for their benefits and for those of the larger US society. That is why I am interested in participating in MIC’s research initiatives and endeavors.
The Charles B. Wang Center
Professional Education Program (PEP)
Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dean for International Academic Programs and Services
Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME)
Department of Psychology
Stony Brook’s new Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication (MIC) will be transformative for the University. Under the skilled and enthusiastic leadership of Dr. Agnes He, the Center promises to forge cross-departmental, cross-disciplinary collaborations at Stony Brook University that will revitalize and modernize how we teach languages and how we do research on language learning. For too long our faculty members with interests and expertise in these areas have been scattered across departments, and I’m thrilled to see their energies brought together under a single tent. The benefits will accrue not only to the faculty and the research effort, but to undergraduates and graduate students who will now have access to a group of faculty who understand multilingualism from multiple perspectives. One of the most exciting aspects of the vision of this center is the inclusion of studies of the role of culture in the language process. It is increasingly clear that the cultural context in which communication occurs is a vital factor in all aspects of language learning and language use. This perspective will be an invaluable contribution to our new curricula in Global Studies.
The Graduate School
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences