Language Justice Initiative
The Just Communities Language Justice Initiative aims to create a more inclusive community by improving access to multilingual spaces in which people can connect across differences of language, culture, race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Language access ensures that everyone’s voices are truly heard and included in the process of community change, and is therefore a critical element of all movements for social justice. The Language Justice Initiative promotes best practices for creating inclusive multilingual space where all languages are valued equally and in which speakers of different languages benefit from listening to and sharing with one other.
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- WHEN: Thursday, February 13th, 4:00-6:00pm
- WHERE: Souza Center, Room H, 708 South Miller St., Santa Maria
INTERPRETING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
- WHERE: UDW Hall, 402 South Miller, Santa Maria
INTERPRETING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
- WHEN: Friday March 14th through Sunday March 16th (4-8pm on Friday; 9am - 6pm on Sat. & Sun.)
- WHERE: Café on A, 438 South "A" Street, Oxnard
Are you an interpreter or do you dream of becoming one? Or do you plan meetings, events, and services that include community members who speak languages other than English? Just Communities is offering four exciting opportunities related to language access in Santa Maria and Ventura County. Please join us at a workshop and help spread the word.
One Room, Many Voices: Planning for Cross-Language Communication
If you are involved in multilingual meetings, events, or services, then this workshop is for you. Participants will explore the best practices for working with interpreters and translators to create inclusive multilingual environments where all voices can be heard. This workshop is free!
Interpreting for Social Justice Workshop
This 2.5-day workshop is for experienced and aspiring interpreters who want to build their skills and explore how interpretation is connected to movements for social justice. Participants of all levels, languages, and ages are welcome!
The workshop is unique and engaging - as a past participant said, "From the first activity until the closing circle I can honestly say I've never had a more eye-opening, thought-provoking and life-changing experience."
The workshop will be facilitated by Roberto Tijerina,nationally recognized trainer in interpretation and language justice. The cost is $50 and scholarships are available by request.
For more info or to register, please contact:
Alena Marie, Just Communities
Hope to see you there!
Project Manager, Just Communities
The Language Justice Initiative includes the following components:
- Interpreting for Social Justice Workshop: This 2.5-day workshop introduces participants to interpretation skills with a foundation in principles of equity and inclusion. The lead facilitator, Roberto Tijerina, is a nationally recognized trainer in interpretation and language justice. The workshop includes:
- Skill Building in Consecutive & Simultaneous Interpretation
- Ethical Issues and the Interpreter’s Role
- Language, Power, and Social Justice
- Creating an Inclusive Multilingual Space
- Target Audience: Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters of all levels of skill and experience.
- Creating Multilingual Space Workshop: This workshop introduces participants to the components of inclusive multilingual space. Participants explore modes of interpretation and translation, the interpreter role, and the 10 Best Practices for inclusive multilingual events. Participants assess their organizations and identify priorities for improving language access.
- Target Audience: Leaders and staff members of schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community leaders and organizers, etc.
- Introduction to Language Justice Workshop: This workshop introduces participants to an analysis of power and privilege based on language, including how language can be used as a tool of oppression in educational, workplace, healthcare, and other contexts. Participants explore how languages inequity relates to their own lives and how they can take action to promote language access and inclusion.
- Target Audience: Educators, high school and college classes, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and organizers, etc.
- Language Justice Network: Just Communities provides support and coordination to a group of community members dedicated to promoting language justice by providing resources and advocating for a more linguistically equitable community for all. For more information click here.
For more information about the Language Justice Initiative, please contact:
Alena Marie, Project Manager
Please note that Just Communities does not provide or coordinate interpretation services for other agencies at this time.