Multilingual Action Council at Wheelock College
The Multilingual Action Council (MAC) is a council made up of child-serving professionals, advocates, educators and parents from multilingual communities. MAC is an independent organization, hosted by the Aspire Institute, a program of Wheelock College.
Our philosophy is that every kid deserves a chance and just about any kid can succeed if offered the same opportunities, especially during the formative years. Our work focuses more on immigrant children, but the effect and impact last a lifetime and betters society overall.
MAC strives to build a better world for all children and families through cross-cultural leadership, advocacy, and community development.
Our Vision: Build alliances in and across linguistic communities to ensure greater understanding, participation, and inclusion of immigrant communities in the social, political, and educational life of this country, thus ensuring successful adaptation of new immigrant families and better school achievement of their children.
- Support programs and organizations working to meet the needs of children and families in and across linguistic communities
- Strengthen multilingual workforce development through training and by addressing the issues of inclusion, access, quality, and affordability in the Early Childhood Education field
- Conduct relevant research and systematize data collection on multilingual children and their families
- Develop and influence public policy related to our mission and vision
Our Governing Structure
MAC is a membership organization with a nine-member coordinating council and five coordinating committees: Education, Outreach & Event, Finances, Leadership Development, and Fundraising. Much of MAC's work has focused on the promotion of children's healthy development and the strengthening of communities so they may better serve children and families.
Since its founding, MAC has reached out to hundreds of youth and families to gain valuable input from them about their needs as multilingual members of the community. MAC has also conducted several community forums, policy talks, and cultural events. In 2005, MAC conducted a community asset and needs assessment in four different communities, which resulted in the report " Global Neighborhoods: Affecting Change from Within and Beyond Our Communities." This report enabled MAC and its partner organizations to better understand the needs of their communities and to further define its mission. Our primary focus is on capacity building through membership expansion and community education and training of early child hood providers and family members within multilingual communities.