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Melissa Rodriguez

Fall 2019 - present. Melissa Rodriguez is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a secondary major in Spanish, and a certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies. She is a native speaker of Spanish and came to the United States four years ago from Cuba. In 2015, she was formally introduced to the English language during her final year of high school in the United States. She spent the following year mastering her English before applying to college. During that year she volunteered at the YMCA International Learning Center where she was first introduced to the practice of interpreting and translating. She immediately fell in love with it! She experienced firsthand how breaking a language barrier could make a positive impact on someone’s life. She then decided to link this new passion for interpreting and translating with her old love for medicine by enrolling in a six-month certificate program in medical interpreting giving her a new perspective of this amazing field of work. Now as a college student, she is dedicated to helping the Latino community. She is confident that working at the Translation Center will offer her the perfect platform to do that!

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Adrelys Mateo Santana

Spring 2019 - present. Adrelys Mateo Santana is a rising senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a secondary major in Spanish and a Specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. Post-graduation (May 2020), she hopes to start working as a laboratory manager for a developmental psychology laboratory at a university or research hospital. Adrelys plans to continue using what she has learned from the Translation Center about translation and interpretation in her community as well as in her future professional projects. Working at the Translation Center has been an experience of great professional and personal development for Adrelys. Her experience working on different types of translation and transcription projects has helped her become more detailed oriented. Also, after working on several big projects with rigorous deadlines, she has gained better time management skills. The Translation Center is a collaborative environment that motivates people to continue learning and growing. Adrelys cannot wait to continue learning more about translation and interpretation during her final year at UMass Amherst.

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Vitor Silva, Language Lab Support

Fall 2019 - present. Vitor Silva is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in User Experience Design, a secondary major in Portuguese, and a minor in Information Technology. He is a native speaker of Portuguese and fluent in French - a language he learned while studying in Brussels, Belgium for three years. After leaving Belgium, he returned to Brazil to finish his schooling. Upon earning his high school diploma, he relocated to the United States to further study design and technology at UMass Amherst in hopes of becoming a UX designer. Vitor’s past cultural influences have helped mold his creative outlook and what he puts into his designs. The Translation Center provides an opportune environment for him to apply and develop his knowledge and skills into bettering the communities near and far.