First Generation Access and Equity Committee

Resources for First-Gen Students in Linguistics
Resources for First-Gen Allies


The Committee explores and pursues ways to advance the interests of members who were the first generation in their family to attend college or university.


The responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining communication among first-generation linguists.
  • Empowering first-generation linguists by providing resources, advice, and opportunities often not extended to those whose families do not have experience navigating academia or linguistic careers.
  • Highlighting the work and careers of first-generation linguists.
  • Educating others about the strengths and resourcefulness of first-generation linguists.
  • Proposing organized sessions, workshops, and networking events oriented to first-generation linguists.
  • Managing the FGAE Travel Grants nominations and selection process.


Open to all interested LSA members. To join the First Generation Access and Equity Committee, please email

Committee Leadership 2023

  • Chair: Iara Mantenuto, California State University, Dominguez Hills (2024)
  • Incoming Chair: Ander Beristain, Saint Louis University (2025)
  • Executive Committee Liaison: Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington and Simon Fraser (2027)
  • Staff Liaison: Vy Le, Director of Membership and Governance