North Carolina

Language and Diversity

NC State is leading the nation in embracing a critical but invisible type of diversity that affects all of our lives- language diversity!

Language impacts us all daily, from our social interactions with others to academic performance to decisions that can influence employment, housing, and legal actions. This trip sponsored in part by NCSU language diversity program (,which seeks to educate members of campus and the public about the critical role of language and language diversity in our lives.

On this trip, students who are interested in language, education, and social justice will work with K-12 students in Cherokee County, North Carolina (situated in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina) to teach about language/dialect variation and diversity in the context of learning about dialects of North Carolina.  This dialect curriculum ( has been endorsed by the NC Department of Public instruction.  Students will have the opportunity to creatively explore new ways for incorporating materials related specifically to language diversity in this curriculum as well. In addition to enriching K-12 students’ learning about language as an element of diversity and as an important element of the history of North Carolina, program participants will actively engage in service for the schools in which they are teaching.

Important Information:

  • Trip dates: March 3-11, 2018
  • Location: Andrews High School in Andrews, North Carolina
  • Approximate Cost: $250 – $350
  • Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals