For a new program called Spanish in Professional Environments, Abi Tekeste and Giselle Alpizar-Calixto use their summer internship with CSU Extension to understand the language barriers to healthcare, and to provide information and resources, in rural Colorado.
Through a grant from PetSmart Charities, Edward Sarasty Salazar is working as a graduate research assistant to improve access to veterinary care for Spanish-speaking pet owners. His work will contribute to the development of a curriculum of Spanish for Veterinarians.
María Inés Canto Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Spanish, has focused on how the pandemic has encouraged Latin American female writers to use social media to amplify their voices, bringing forth taboo topics, feminist concerns, and their stories to the forefront.
In the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, together we discover, engage, and learn. From understanding a river along the Camino de Santiago in Spain to teaching language skills to elementary students and exploring better ways to serve Spanish-speaking pet owners, students and faculty are applying their global perspectives and linguistic knowledge to understand and help others.
Our ideas about what health is and what sickness and disease mean are big questions about what kind of society we want to live in, what it means to have a good life, and what it means to be living as you believe is most appropriate or best. In early modern Spain notions of health and healthcare changed due to religious expulsion or conversion, colonialism, and more.
The Camino de Santiago is a popular, centuries-old route in Spain for religious pilgrims. For the past four years, CSU students have taken a four-week journey along the Camino, discovering the historic, linguistic, and cultural offerings that immerse them in a different place and time.
In an increasingly connected global society, fluency in a second language is an important skill in both the job market and for the cognitive benefits reaped by the language learner. Through technology and increased access to authentic language materials such as manuscripts, music, film, and video, students have greater opportunities to access many learning styles and engage with a language and culture more creatively and deeply.