Language and Belonging in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program at the University of Arizona

Sept. 21, 2022

Written by Lillian Gorman

“I really love the heritage program; I love how it feels like a family and I like how a lot of the staff just makes it feel like you're talking to an uncle or something. I especially like what the program stands up for and the unity it brings among all.”

-Spanish heritage language student, Spanish 323 (Advanced SHL Class)

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Dr. Lillian Gorman is a proud Chicana from Alburquerque, New Mexico, and the Director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at the University of Arizona.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and her research interests focus on issues of language and identity within U.S. Latina/x/o communities.  Lillian has 20 years of experience teaching in and leading Spanish heritage language programs in New Mexico, Chicago, and Arizona.