ISUP Colloquium 2022

Inaugural Annual ISUP Colloquium 2022: Race, Linguistic Justice, and Critical Approaches to Communicative Competence


Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


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ISUP Colloquium 2022 - speakersOrganizers

Sheila Batacharya, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream (LTA), ISUP, UTM

Zhaozhe Wang, Assistant Professor, ISUP, UTM.


Mark Blaauw-Hara, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, ISUP, UTM



This colloquium will explore the (im)mobilities of language, race, and showcase university pedagogies that cultivate linguistic justice and intercultural communicative competence. Questions that will be addressed:

  1. How can language scholars use critical frameworks to theorize the academic literacy learning experiences of multilingual students?
  2. How can faculty, staff, librarians, and administrators challenge dominant understandings of the mobility-language nexus and better support multilingual students?
  3. What is the relationship between “small things that do big things” and “big things”[i] that require action and sustained commitment in the everyday work of university faculty, staff, librarians, and administrators?

NB: American Sign Language (ASL) and live captioning will be provided during the livestream for this event.


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9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker & Discussion

Eve Haque, York Research Chair in Linguistic Diversity and Community Vitality - “Forced (Im)Mobilities at the Nexus of Race and Language in Pandemic Times.”

10:15 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 12:00 pm Panel & Discussion

Zhaozhe Wang, ISUP - “Autoethnography as a Site of Negotiation for Linguistic Difference.”

Sheila Batacharya and Phuong Tran, ISUP – “Critical Approaches to Intercultural Communicative Competence and Writing Instruction.”

Yaseen Ali, Learning Strategist, Intercultural and Community Learning & Jasjit Sangha PhD, Learning Strategist, Identity and Learning, Academic Success – “Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Supporting EAL Students”




  • Eve Haque
  • Sheila Batacharya
  • Zhaozhe Wang
  • Mark Blaauw-Hara
  • Phuong Tran
  • Yaseen Ali
  • Jasjit Sangha



[i] McPherson, M. (2021). An Interview with Suresh Canagarajah. The Modern Language Journal (Boulder, Colo.), 105(2), 599–608.