“Voices of UMBC”


I am pleased to share a short film called “Voices of UMBC” that was made entirely by students in my Fall 2015 graduate seminar, “Language in Diverse Schools and Communities.” Our goal in making the short film was to celebrate UMBC’s linguistic diversity and to highlight it as a cultural resource. Everyone who helped make the film, as well as everyone who appears in it, is a UMBC student! Response to the film has been tremendously enthusiastic, from students and faculty on campus to linguists who have praised the film as an example of cutting-edge linguistic outreach/engagement work in higher education. We are very grateful to all of the students who participated in making this film, and we hope you enjoy it!

This project was approved by the UMBC Institutional Review Board, Protocol #Y16CM27049. Video production by Rena and Frankie Cerquetti: frankiefilms.com and stagingmomentphotography.com


  1. I love this idea! I’m going to share it with our lead ESL teacher. Maybe we could do something similar to raise awareness at our high school.

    Seeing the flags hanging in the halls of your university reminded me of something my husband and I saw in New York last summer. We stayed down in Seaport when we made our annual pilgrimage, and because the Fulton Street subway stations were under construction, we had to walk up by Pace University (right at the Brooklyn Bridge) to the City Hall station. We could see tons of countries’ flag flying inside their windows but weren’t sure why. I bet they were celebrating their international students!

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