Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Committee


Committee Chair

Detra Price-Dennis (2015 - 2018)
Teachers College, Columbia University
[email protected]

Committee Members

  • Patriann Smith (2015 - 2018)
  • Ngozi Onuora (2015 - 2018)
  • Melanie Acosta (2016 - 2019)
  • Grace Kang (2016 - 2019)
  • Xia Chao (2017 - 2020)
  • Laura Jimenez (2017 - 2020)


The Ethnicity, Race, and Multilingualism Committee has four main objectives:

  • To increase awareness and knowledge of members about issues of diversity and equity in literacy research and education.
  • To promote an interest in conducting or supporting literacy research aimed at improving educational opportunities, access, achievement, and empowerment of students of diverse, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • To increase the participation of scholars of diverse cultural backgrounds in LRA as members, Annual Conference presenters, Committee members, and officers. 
  • To assist and advise the Board of Directors in monitoring LRA’s progress in meeting goals of equity.