Western Talks: Linguistics JEDI video contest

Western Talks: Linguistics JEDI video contest
  • One grand prize winner will receive a $200 prize 

  • Two runners-up will each receive $150 

What we're looking for: 

Videos between 30-90 seconds (think TikTok)

Something like these:

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Western Washington University's Department of Linguistics is excited to announce a contest for the creation of short videos that highlight issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) as they relate to language.  

This initiative is part of our ongoing Western Talks project, which aims to not only raise awareness of diversity of varieties of English and the forces that lead to their prestige and lack thereof, but also to determine how we can, as a campus community, both support and celebrate students’ diverse linguistic heritage and improve their experience at Western. Submissions should focus on issues related to language and social justice, broadly defined. We’re especially interested the following genres and topics: 

  • Combating myths about language   

  • Confronting harmful stereotypes about particular language varieties 

We encourage submissions that: 

  • Engage with your personal experiences where language and social justice-related issues intersect 

  • Shed light on languages you speak or sign at home  

  • Educate others about linguistic diversity and linguistic discrimination 

Video Requirements

  • Participants must be students at Western Washington University 

  • Videos should be between 30-90 seconds (think TikTok)

  • Videos must be previously unpublished, original content, and cannot violate privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights. 

  • Videos must meet Western's accessibility requirements including subtitles and captions. 

  • Participants may submit more than one video, but are only eligible to win one prize 

  • Any people featured in submitted videos must be 18-years-of-age and must submit a completed Photo/Video Release Form 

Submission Instructions 

Contest Judging 

Entries will be judged by a panel of Linguistics faculty and students on the following criteria: 

  • Factual accuracy 

  • Educational and entertainment value 

All submissions that meet our above criteria may be displayed on the Department of Linguistics website, Instagram account, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and potentially other websites and social media. 


  • One grand prize winner will receive a $200 prize 

  • Two runners-up will each receive $150 

Deadline to submit video

Friday, May 7, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. 

Winners will be announced by Monday, May 31, 2021 


Contact Sara Helms, helmss@wwu.edu