Encouraging Cultural Diversity in Schools Through Translation

Seth Craven HEadshotby Seth Craven
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, inWhatLanguage

Recently, students laughed and waved at the enthusiastic group of adults wearing bright blue T-shirts as they walked down the halls of Woodrow Wilson Elementary school. High fives and fist bumps were delivered to the students brave enough to get close to the vibrant band of blue shirts. One thing was clear–everyone was excited to be at the free vision screening event held at Woodrow Wilson Elementary school, in partnership with United Way of Salt Lake.
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inWhatLanguage (the enthusiastic group in blue shirts) partnered with United Way after they recognized the dire need for translation services within the community. “We were shocked to find that 44 percent of students in South Salt Lake are learning to speak English,” said Sheldon Wardwell, Social Impact Director at inWhatLanguage.

The Vision Screening

The vision screening event functioned like a normal eye exam, the one where you feel the pressure to guess the right letters on a white page across the room. Why do they call it an eye exam? It makes the situation feel more stressful.

Eye-Screening-1Luckily these elementary school kids embraced the challenge with courage. Instead of matching letters, they matched shapes to accommodate the English Language Learning students. It was obvious that some of the students felt uncomfortable because language barriers prevented them from fully comprehending what was going on with the vision screening. The team kept smiling and fist-bumping until the students once again felt confident in their task.

“This is just the beginning,” said Cody Broderick, Founder and CEO at inWhatLanguage. “With the support of partners and language professionals, we want to meet the language and communication needs of vulnerable communities around the world.”

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About inWhatLanguage

inWhatLanguage is a localization and technology provider breaking down language and cultural barriers to unify people and communities around the world. We develop technology and human networks, which connects organizations to communities by allowing them to create, control and manage all enterprise-wide content through a proprietary, cloud-based translation management platform called UNIFY.

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