#16:: Engaging the Invisible Americans: Science communication for Spanish-speaking audiences

Events > 2013 > November > #16:: Engaging the Invisible Americans: Science communication for Spanish-speaking audiences

About this event:

Created by Jen Davison

4060 George Washington Ln NE Seattle, WA 98195

SpanishSciComm graphic
There is a huge American audience with a language of its own, have you heard of it?

Hispanic Americans make up 17% of the population, and are projected to be 31% of the population by 2060. The future of the United States truly hinges on the success or failure of Hispanics to embrace the new challenges and opportunities of our century. Have we done enough to engage this population in discussions about climate change, new technologies, or preventive health? Join us to hear success stories of engagement with the Hispanic population and using Spanish across multiple channels (old and new) for communicating with a less-than-monolithic audience.  This panel will be held in English.


Date: November 14, 2013

Time: Join us at 5:30 pm for mingling and munching, before kicking off the livestreamed discussion at 6:00 pm. Then, after the livestream stops at 7:00, stick around for more discussion. Featuring an open bar!

Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 220, University of Washington Campus

Conversation Igniters:

  • Sarah Doty, MSW is currently the Health Education Program Coordinator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a community clinic specializing in services for Latinos.  She also works as a Mental Health Therapist in the Maternal and Child Behavioral Health Program at Sea Mar.  Sarah has worked for more than ten years in the human services field, with a focus on Latino and low-income populations.  Over seven of these years were spent as a community health educator, which taught her the key role of health literacy when communicating health information.  She has used photovoice and digital storytelling modalities to empower marginalized populations and to work toward policy change and community engagement, as well as to provide a platform for the sharing of peer stories.  Her work has also involved utilizing radio, newspaper, and facebook to disseminate health information. Sarah’s educational background is in international studies, Latin American studies, and social work.  Some of her work can be seen at this Facebook page and this video (in Spanish, with English subtitles).
  • Adrianna Gutierrez, MPH, Bilingual Operations Manager, National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service. Adrianna is originally from the Yakima Valley of Washington and received a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. She currently manages bilingual operations for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service (CIS). The CIS is a federally funded cancer education program that provides accurate, up-to-date and reliable information on cancer in English and Spanish. Information Specialists answer questions covering a wide range of topics including; cancer research and clinical trials, cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, risk factors, symptoms and more. The service is available over the phone, email, instant messaging and social media outlets.
  • Monica Feliu-Mojer (@moefeliu) is the Manager of Outreach Programs, Department of Biostatistics at University of Washington, Seattle. She has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and extensive experience in science outreach, science writing and communication, mentoring, and social media. Dr. Feliu-Mojer is also the volunteer vice-director of Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR; www.cienciapr.org), a nonprofit organization that leverages an online community composed of scientists, professionals, students and citizens to promote science, research and science education in Puerto Rico and among Hispanics in the U.S. Feliu-Mojer was recently featured in Univision’s Education Week campaign, and she is the winner of the 2013 Paul Shin Memorial Award Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS).
  • Ivan Orbegozo (@ivanorbegozo) is a bilingual entrepreneur with digital experience in Latin America and US Hispanic markets. Recent Master of Communication in Digital Media at University of Washington. After moving to Seattle from his homeland, Perú, Ivan has participated in several projects, including designing mobile strategies for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and mobile marketing campaigns for Hispanic businesses. Additionally, he has taught mobile marketing classes in Perú. He is currently working at Atos, on assignment at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and he serves as a Committee Member at Citizen’s Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board for the City of Seattle. He is the Founder and CEO of Latin Nexus Group, LLC.



Trackbacks for this post

  1. Respite and Realignment - ScienceOnlineSeattle -
  2. Engaging the Invisible Americans: Science communication for Spanish-speaking audiences at #ScioSEA | ScienceSalsa
  3. La lengua franca de los científicos es el inglés, pero que pasará en el futuro? | ScienceSalsa
  4. La lengua franca de los científicos es el inglés, pero que pasará en el futuro? | Salsa de Ciencia