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Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

  • 1.  Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 3 days ago

    Dear Colleagues:  

    The B-MEIS leadership team is working to revise the IS's mission statement to reflect and demonstrate its commitment to multilingualism as a tool to promote the vision of diversity and inclusion and achieve social justice. We are inviting the public to comment on a draft mission statement as follows:

    • SUPPORT: The purpose of the Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section (B-MEIS) is to support and promote all multilingual learners' linguistic repertoires and multiliteracy skills as fundamental to the acquisition of a second or additional language.
    • SUSTAIN: The IS supports the opportunity and right of all individuals to develop, construct and maintain a diverse range of cultural, linguistic, and literate repertoires of practice.
    • ELEVATE: The IS believes that additive and dynamic approaches must be endorsed and implemented in educational institutions in the interests of students from diverse backgrounds.
    • TRANSFORM: The IS works to foster collaborative relations of power and address inequitable power relations in society and empower minority students to use their own repertoires of practice.

    We are using the statement to guide our work, but we are not looking to merely revise this mission statement but to seek community input on what an empowering mission statement should be. We accept comments through December 30, 2020.

    Thank you in advance for your input.

    Sincerely,

    The B-MEIS leadership Team



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    Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D
    B-MEIS Chair, 2020-2021
    CR-ITI Program Coordinator & TESOL/BE Instructor
    Touro College
    United States
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  • 2.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 2 days ago
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put your name in long form
    EVERY time (and I am shouting)... and then follow it 
    by the abbreviation.

    NO IDEA what your team leadership BMEIS stands for.

    Sincerely,
    Joyce Cunningham
    Professor Emerita
    Ibaraki U.-Japan
    Centennial College Toronto Ontario





  • 3.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 2 days ago
    Dear Professor Cunningham:

    My apology. Thank you for this important reminder. I often wonder about other people's abbreviations and acronyms without realizing I have been committing the same blunder myself.  B-MEIS stands for Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section.

    I just fixed my signature and will make sure I avoid using abbreviations in future communications.

    Again, thanks!

    Ching-Ching

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    Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D
    Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section (B-MEIS) Chair, 2020-2021
    CR-ITI (Clinically Rich-Intensive Teacher Institute) Program Coordinator & TESOL/BE Instructor
    ching-ching.lin4@touro.edu
    Touro College
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 23 hours ago
    When I think of inclusion and diversity, I always want to frame it in terms of leadership and leadership development; e.g., https://hbsp.harvard.edu/inspiring-minds/why-tomorrows-leaders-need-to-be-part-of-diverse-student-teams-today?cid=email%7Celoqua%7Cthe-faculty-lounge-11-10-20-a%7C652928%7Cfaculty-lounge-newsletter%7Cnewsletter-subscribers%7Cvarious%7Cnov20202143&acctID=14619735

    Best wishes with the revision process,
    Kevin

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    Dr. Kevin Knight, PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA
    Associate Professor
    Department of International Communication
    Kanda University of International Studies
    Japan
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  • 5.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 14 hours ago
    Dear Dr. Knight;

    Thank you for your comment. This is a very interesting angle for us, since our statement is mainly focusing on learning outcomes, but your suggestion is well taken. We would have to figure out how we can incorporate your insight into our statement.

    Best,

    Ching-Ching

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    Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D
    Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section (B-MEIS) Chair, 2020-2021
    CR-ITI (Clinically Rich-Intensive Teacher Institute) Program Coordinator & TESOL/BE Instructor
    ching-ching.lin4@touro.edu
    Touro College
    United States
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  • 6.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 16 hours ago
    I've been learning recently about vision and mission statements in my role as a newbie non-profit "leader".

    The best explanation that I've heard is that the vision statement should describe how you want the world to be and the mission statement to describe what you do to make that happen. And the mission statement should be short. I say this knowing full well that my board has to revise our org's mission statement and draft a vision statement for it as well.

    This is to say: I think you should draft a brief vision statement and then work backwards from that for your mission statement. I see that you say you have a vision of diversity & inclusion and want to achieve social justice. What does that look like in a concrete form? I think the Transform statement might be a good starting point.

    I like the specificity of "linguistic repertoires" & "literate repertoires" in the items. I don't get the connection between the description and the label at Elevate. Otherwise, my feedback is purely line editing, and you probably don't want that at this point.

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    Amy West
    Program Coordinator
    Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: Revising the B-MEIS Mission Statement

    Posted 13 hours ago
    Dear Professor West,

    Thank you so much for taking time to provide comments. This is very insightful. We would definitely explore both 'forward' and backward' approaches as we continue to fine tune our statement.

    Best,

    Ching-Ching

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    Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D
    Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section (B-MEIS) Chair, 2020-2021
    CR-ITI (Clinically Rich-Intensive Teacher Institute) Program Coordinator & TESOL/BE Instructor
    ching-ching.lin4@touro.edu
    Touro College
    United States
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