"Just as important as it is for teachers to be bilingual, educators also need to learn about the diverse cultures of the students and help them bring their own perspectives and experiences into the classroom."
Brook Hansel is a senior student from Lunenburg, Massachusetts. She will graduate at the end of spring 2019 with a primary major in Spanish and a secondary major in History. She is an athlete on the UMass cross country and track and field teams, and a member of the Commonwealth College. Next fall Brook will be living in Galicia, Spain. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
"I made it a personal goal to make any place where I work or study, an accessible and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of what language they speak."
Adrelys Mateo Santana is a Psychology major specializing in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. She is also pursuing a secondary major in Spanish. Adrelys was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but currently lives in Lawrence, MA. She loves education and is grateful for the opportunity to attend UMass and follow her two passions, Psychology and Spanish.
“Both my knowledge of Catalan and experience in translation led me to develop my profile as a translator, especially as someone working from Catalan into English, a highly sought-after language pair.”
Andrew Schwartz is from Andover, MA, just north of Boston. He graduated from UMass in 2017 with a major in Spanish and minors in Economics, Catalan, and Portuguese. The year after graduation Andrew completed an M.A. Translation, Interpretation, and Intercultural Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has recently received his official certification of fluency in Spanish and hopes to do the same for Catalan this coming spring. Andrew’s hope is to move to Barcelona in the near future.