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Alumni | AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute

Alumni

Since the first training institute held in San Diego in 1978 to the most recent summer program, several hundred indigenous language teachers, students and others with a strong interest and commitment to language revitalization have participated in the AILDI "experience".

                       

                       AILDI 2017 summer session II, photo by Christopher Lomahquahu, Gila River News

                                                                        AILDI 2017

AILDI Group Photo 2016
AILDI 2016

AILDI 2015
AILDI 2015

group photoAILDI 2014

2013 Group photo

                                                         

AILDI 2013

                                                     AILDI 2012

AILDI 2012

 

AILDI Participants 2011AILDI 2011

 

AILDI participants 2010

 

 

AILDI participants 2008

AILDI 2008

 

AILDI 2007

AILDI 2007

 

AILDI 2006

AILDI 2006

 

 

AILDI 2005

AILDI 2005


The majority of alumni have been from the southwest region but we have had students from nearly every state in the country represented. Our alumni network extends to Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

 

Many students earned their graduate degrees while attending AILDI  consecutively for several years. AILDI’s university department partners and sponsors including the department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies, American Indian Studies, and Linguistics have all awarded degrees to students whose coursework included AILDI. As a land grant institution, the University of Arizona is commited to outreach and service to Native communities.

 

The majority of AILDI alumni have remained in the field of education as teachers in language or regular classrooms, or as instructors in tribally sponsored language programs. Others have pursed higher education opportunities and are now linguists or researchers working in colleges and universities. Still others have worked to replicate the AILDI model and are now offering similar language institutes in different regions throughout the country.

 

AILDI group portraits 2005-2008 taken by Bernard Siquieros