Essential Workers

The CSI partners with 805 Undocufund and the Department of Chicana/o Studies to serve Central Coast Essential Workers.

Professor Ines Casillas has expanded her volunteer service efforts to collaborate with Beatriz Basurto, 805 Undocufund Associate, in the creation of a student internship program aimed at serving essential workers during this time of critical need.

Student interns are committing two to five hours a week to provide translation services to community members who would benefit from it. Because the work goes far beyond language translation, 805 Undocufund provides training and a toolkit so that students can connect virtually to those who have requested assistance.

During Spring Quarter - and some into the Summer - student Interns check in weekly with Professor Casillas to discuss the work and earn course credit through the CSI and the Department of Chicana/o Studies. As attested by current interns, the value of the collaboration goes far beyond standard educational measures.

 

 805 Undocufund has taught me so much and given me an opportunity to grow as both a Spanish speaker and as a human being.

Nicole Olmedo, CSI + 805 Undocufund Intern

Internship Contacts

Professor of Chicana/o Studies
CSI Director
Professor of Chicana/o Studies
Dean, College of Creative Studies

Student Interns

CSI + 805 Undocufund Intern
"During the virtual interviews, I saw how hopeful and thankful the applicants were about being one step closer to receiving much needed help, which made me feel like my help was making a difference in my own community." 
CSI + 805 Undocufund Intern
"Volunteering with 805 UndocuFund has been a grand eye-opening experience."
CSI + 805 Undocufund Intern
"As the daughter of two immigrant parents and having been undocumented myself truly allowed me to empathize with applicants and feel their worries."
CSI + 805 Undocufund Intern
"805 Undocufund has taught me so much and given me an opportunity to grow as both a Spanish speaker and as a human being."