Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is a voluntary student organization within our LLC concentration. We work together with faculty and administrators to support student passions and advocate for inclusion in education. This student-driven group is a vital part of all LLC programs and how LLC creates community within the concentration. Master’s and doctoral students take active roles in SAC, especially when planning the Graduate Student Conference every fall. We have recurring meetings and community nights on Wednesday evenings in Furcolo Hall or online.
For more information or inquiries as to how to get involved email SAC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Student Conference
Each fall, we welcome presentations that offer ways in which research and practice can help shape new possibilities for education and new futures for students. This conference is an opportunity to strengthen ties to our wider community; engage in inclusive conversations that enrich our ideas about language, literacy, and culture; and communicate critical perspectives on both research and teaching practice. It showcases student research and poster presentations from all departments and colleges. We will be planning our 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference this fall!
Upcoming Fall 2020 Conference Theme:
Radical Leadership in Changing Times: Humanizing Praxis in Education
Past Conference Themes
2019: Breaking Down Borders: The Struggle for Equity in Education & Research
- 2018: Ecological Perspectives in Education: Research & Practice
- 2017: Empowering Education: Resistance, Reliance, Resilience
SAC also organizes a few events each semester to welcome new students, build community, and celebrate our accomplishments. While we focus on the needs and interests of students in our concentration, our community events are open to all.
Upcoming 2020-2021 Events
Dr. Jamila Lyiscott: "Toward a Pedagogy of Liberation Literacies"
Past 2019-2020 Events
- Mid-Semester Mingle: A Virtual/Augmented Reality Experience
- Dr. Enrique Suárez: "Translanguaging Spaces that Support Learners Engage in Epistemic Practices of STEM"
- Dr. Joseph Mathews: "Multiliteracies & Social Justice Pedagogies"
We are committed to helping you complete your program of study. Please contact your academic advisor and/or the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) with any questions, comments, or concerns that rise up along your academic journey. Below are two general resources for graduate students in the College of Education:
For job opportunities, funding, grants, research projects, and other university-sponsored events be sure to access your UMass email account and link it to whichever email inbox you check regularly. Watch for incoming messages from:
email@example.com - College of Education Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org - Communications for Masters Students
email@example.com - Communication for Doctoral Students
firstname.lastname@example.org - Communications for the Bilingual and Dual Language Endorsement Graduate Certificate Students
email@example.com - Communications from the LLC Student Advisory Committee for all master's, doctoral, endorsement, and graduate certificate students
For more information please email the address above that applies to your program or inquiry or reach out to our Program Assistant: Syonara Tomoum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduate Students of LLC
Connect with current LLC students and alumni by joining our Facebook page.
Planning Your Coursework
Be sure to stay in contact with your academic advisor for assistance along the way to getting your degree in the Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) concentration. Your advisor will have the most current information to plan your program of study and schedule your courses. Once you achieve each milestone in your program, be sure to complete the necessary forms (click here to see Milestones) for each stage.
SPIRE: Use SPIRE to find and register for courses.
Moodle: Course management for master's and doctoral students.
Finding a Practicum
Master's and endorsement students are required to complete a practicum. If you have a site in mind, please communicate this information to your advisor. Colleagues, faculty, and/or the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) are available to help you find an appropriate placement for your practicum.
Research & Writing
Center for Student Success Research: This research center unites faculty, students, and administrators around research projects aimed at promoting access and success for underrepresented and understudied student populations.
UMass Amherst Libraries: Find resources, borrow from other libraries, manage citations, and browse research databases. Do not pay for articles, submit your question(s) including the citation information to Dr. Steve McGinty, the librarian for the College of Education.
Academic Search Premier: Database for scholarly resources.
ERIC: Database for scholarly resources related to education.
Google Scholar: Useful for tracking down documents not included in the library search engine.
Radical UMass: Timeline documenting some student activism throughout history of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Special Collections and University Archives: The UMass Amherst archives, a great resource for archival research papers, focuses on social justice and change.
Institutional Review Board (IRB): Use the Institutional Review Board for proposing research involving human subjects.
APA Style Guide: Quick reference for APA formatting, but ALWAYS refer to the latest edition of the APA Publication Manual for best reference!
Regional Professional Networks and Conferences
MABE Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
MATSOL Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages
NERA Northeastern Educational Research Association
National/International Professional Networks and Conferences
AERA American Educational Research Association
NAME National Association for Multicultural Education
AAAL American Association for Applied Linguistics
ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ILA International Literacy Association
TESOL International Association: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
ISLS International Society for Language Studies
College of Education Travel Grants: This funding source supports graduate students who present at academic conferences. Three waves of applications submissions: November 1 for fall travel, February 1 for winter travel, and April 1 for spring travel.
The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and LLC Faculty seek collaboration in collecting, organizing, and critically examining resources to help us meet this unprecedented moment in time. Please join us as we organize events and plan the Graduate Student Conference in response to climate change, COVID-19, remote instruction, and racial trauma.