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A HIGHER EDUCATION Town Hall Event: Moving Forward During the Pandemic

  • 03/15/2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Virtual

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Join us for this Town Hall Event on Higher Education. The event will open with featured panelists describing how the pandemic has influenced their journeys and addressing how they are moving forward. The moderator will then open the floor for attendees to ask questions, share their own struggles, and talk about their inspiration.

Moderator: Dr. Priscilla Noble, GATESOL 2nd Vice President 


Linda Harklau is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and affiliated faculty in the Linguistics Department at the University of Georgia (USA). Her research looks at factors affecting language learning and academic achievement of multilingual youth in U.S high schools, and their transition to college. Her work has appeared in prominent journals including American Journal of Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Educational Policy, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Policy, Linguistics and Education, Teachers College Record, and TESOL Quarterly. She co-edited three volumes on multilingual youth and college transitions: Generation 1.5 meets college composition (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999), Generation 1.5 in College Composition (2009), and Language minority students go to college (Routledge, 2012). A past recipient of the TESOL Distinguished Research Award, her current research looks at Georgia’s implementation of college completion initiatives and its effects on programs and policies for English learners in state higher education. Dr. Harklau is Past-President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

Ethan Trinh (they/them) is a doctoral student at the Middle and Secondary Education Department, Georgia State University (GSU), with a minor in Women’s Studies. They are an activist, feminist, writer, and researcher. Ethan's work focuses on the intersectionality of gender, race, and writing instruction that embraces queerness as a healing teaching and research practice. Ethan has published in a wide range of journals, including International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, LGBTQ Policy Journal, Journal of Homosexuality, Genealogy, and other book chapters. Ethan’s co-edited book, “Critical Storytelling: Multilingual Immigrants in the United States”, with Luis Javier Pentón Herrera published by Brill/Sense in 2021. Originally from Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Ethan enjoys creative writing and having a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee in their free time.

Melissa Aberle-Grasse is a lecturer with the Language Institute ( )  and the Serve-Learn-Sustain initiative ( ) of the Georgia Institute of Technology. She teaches academic and professional English, designs digital and face-to-face curricula, and writes about academic programs. Previously she has taught language or worked in communications on two other continents. She has proven passions for heutagogy, service-learning, and professional education.

Gertrude Tinker Sachs is chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development.  She is an associate professor of English as a Second Language (ESOL), language and literacy. As a critical teacher educator professor, Tinker Sachs’ research focuses on inquiry-oriented local and international teacher professional development through transformative, culturally-responsive literacy pedagogies in English as a first or additional language in low-income communities. She is the author/co-editor of five books, including “Critical Mass in the Teacher Education Academy: Symbiosis and Diversity” (2014), and is the founding editor of the forthcoming international interdisciplinary peer-refereed journal Tradewinds. 

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