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.
Nicole Olmedo, 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.