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Amici Linguarum Award

Written by on September 21, 2020

RADIOLEX’s incredible team of volunteer translators received the Amici Linguarum Award (Friend of Languages) from the Kentucky World Language Association for their work as part of the Governor’s Language Access Team.

The Language Access Team was created by Gov. Beshear and his communications team with the goal of providing the public with access to official communications in their own language, and thus, save lives, protect people’s health, and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and schools.

From his first press conference on COVID-19, Gov. Beshear was joined by Virginia Moore and other sign language interpreters from the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH). The interpreters have tirelessly provided life-saving information to nearly 700,000 Kentuckians who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss.

Soon after, in partnership with RADIOLEX, Gov. Beshear’s office began providing translated summaries of every press conference and/or detailed informational flyers in more than 20 languages. They continue to provide daily case information updates, audio summaries, and public service announcements at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

Their interpreters – some staff members, but most volunteers – have dedicated hundreds of hours to this project, often in the middle of the night or very early in the morning, so that information could be shared with the public as quickly as possible. Gov. Beshear and his Language Access Team are working to build a Kentucky where every resident, new or lifelong, feels welcome, at home, empowered, and included during any challenge the state faces.

Watch the awards ceremony.

Broadcast Volunteers

• Jiae Ahn- Korean
• Eunjung Bae- Korean
• Meenu Batra- Hindi
• Moaz Bulbul- Arabic
• Carolyn Burnette- English
• Chisaki B.- Japanese
• David Carpenter- Japanese
• Yukie Cooper- Japanese
• Miki W. Duke- Japanese
• Hyo Jin Han- Korean
• Misa Ito- Japanese
• Takae Ito- Japanese
• Vincent Maggard- English
• Huajing X. Maske, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Yuri Misa- Japanese
• Makoto Ono- Japanese
• Marta Roller- Spanish
• Kate Savage- English
• Anelia Shimansky- Russian
• Min Son- Korean
• Amy Su- Japanese
• Kazushi Takahashi- Japanese
• Dr. Akiko Takenaka, UK History Department- Japanese
• Paul Tillier- French
• Shuntella Whitfield- English
• Sanida Palavra Wolfe- Bosnian
• Shasha Wu, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Guilin Zhang, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Lei Zhao, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
 

Translation Volunteers

• Jiae Ahn- Korean
• Eunjung Bae- Korean
• Meenu Batra- Hindi
• Rania Belmadani- Arabic
• Moaz Bulbul- Arabic
• Chisaki B.- Japanese
• David Carpenter- Japanese
• Yukie Cooper- Japanese
• Miki W. Duke- Japanese
• Hyo Jin Han- Korean
• Gana Hooker- Mongolian
• Claudia Hopenhayn- Spanish
• Misa Ito- Japanese
• Takae Ito- Japanese
• Samira Khorshidi- Persian
• Jason Knapp- Spanish
• Namhee Lin- Korean
• Huajing X. Maske, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Yuri Misa- Japanese
• Shivani Nandi- Japanese
• Faye Natour- Arabic
• Anna Nguyen- Vietnamese
• Makoto Ono- Japanese
• Lilly Pankiv- Russian and Ukrainian
• Nidia Pecol- Spanish
• Alisa Pifine- Louisville Catholic Charities volunteers- French
• Marta Roller- Spanish
• Anelia Shimansky- Russian
• Min Son- Korean
• Amy Su- Japanese
• Kazushi Takahashi- Japanese
• Dr. Akiko Takenaka, UK History Department- Japanese
• Paul Tillier- French
• Basel Touchan- Arabic
• Sanida Palavra Wolfe- Bosnian
• Shasha Wu, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Guilin Zhang, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese
• Lei Zhao, UK Confucius Institute- Chinese

Advisors & Other Volunteers

• Buddha Adhikari, former President Nepali-Bhutanese organization
• Dr. Rusty Barrett, UK Department of Linguistics Professor
• Dr. Rania Belmadani, French and Arabic, Global Lex
• David Carpenter, Japanese American Society of KY
• Mary Cobb, KY Refugee Ministries Director
• Srikant Dharwad, President Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society
• Susy Esquivel, Realtor
• Hamza Foy, Civic Engagement Committee Member, Guiding Light Islamic Center
• Lynn Fors, Access Language Solutions
• Kevin Hall, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
• Dr. Nkongolo Kalala, Mayor’s International Commission President 
• Dr. Jean Claude Luhere, MD and pandemic expert
• Dr. Huajing Maske, Executive Director UK Confucius Institute 
• Kinsey T. Morrison, Office of the Governor
• Kashoro Nyenyezi
• Dominique Olbert, President of Community Response Coalition of Kentucky
• Dr. Janeth Ceballos Osorio
• Yolanda Pinilla, Global Lex
• Jennifer Reynolds, Lexington City Council, District 11
• Dar-es-Salaam, generously translated Swahili from his home in Tanzania!
• Mizari Suarez
• Dr. Alex Tambwe
• Isabel Gereda Taylor, Office of the Mayor and Global Lex
• Dr. Changzheng Wang, former President of Chinese American Association of Kentucky and KY State University professor
• Zhishi Wit Wang and fellow Chinese community members
• Berezi Zabala, Global Lex intern

Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash


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