- Train bilingual individuals to be culturally competent, professional interpreters as a means to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health and human services for individuals with Limited English Proficiency
- Train bilingual individuals and familiarize them with the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice set forth by the National Council of Interpreters in Health Care (NCIHC).
- Raise awareness and advocacy for compliance with the Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and promote meaningful access to services to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations.
- Provide continuing education opportunities in the interpreting profession in North Carolina.
Thousands of bilingual individuals from various countries have been trained over the past 10 years across North Carolina and from several other states in the U.S.
Maha Elobeid was born and raised in Khartoum, Sudan. She attended North Carolina A&T State University and graduated with a Master of Science in Agricultural Education & Extension in 1998. She became a Project Management Professional in 2005. She was trained as a professional interpreter when she worked for the Center for New North Carolinians in 2001 and served as an Arabic interpreter for over 8 years. She has conducted cultural competency trainings and presented at conferences and universities around the state of NC. She coordinates programs for community centers in diverse immigrant and refugee communities.
Kathy Hinshaw was born and raised in Cusco, Peru. She came to the United States in June 1996. She received her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Guilford Technical Community College in May 2006 and graduated from UNCG with a B.S. in International Business and a minor in Economics in May 2008. She completed the Foundations of Professional Interpreting training from UNCG-Center for New Carolinians and also worked at the Women’s Resource Center of Greater Greensboro as a Bilingual Specialist and Peer Counselor for 2 years. She joined the UNCG – Center for New North Carolinians staff as a Latina Lay Health Advisor where the primary role was interpretation for the Latino community and served three years in the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project as a Spanish interpreter. With more than 15 years of experience as a Spanish interpreter, Ms. Hinshaw conducted also cultural competency trainings and facilitated dialogue between various ethnic communities within the Piedmont Triad Region about sustainability.
H’Tuyet Joyce was born and raised in the Highlands of Vietnam until the age of 17. She came to the US in 1994 and is a candidate for a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served two years in the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project and worked in the Immigrant Health ACCESS Project since that time with more than 13 years experience as a professional interpreter in the health and human services field. Ms. Joyce has conducted cultural competency trainings and presented at conferences across North Carolina and is recognized as an expert on Montagnard cultural traditions.
Cynthia Mejia was born and raised in the Dominican Republic until the age of 6. She grew up in Central Florida, attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1996. She worked in Child Protective Services as Social Worker for 10 years (6 years in Florida and 4 years in North Carolina). She previously conducted foster parent training. Ms. Mejia served as a Spanish interpreter for over 9 years. She became a member of the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project and taught ESOL for 2 years and then joined the AmeriCorps ACCESS staff where she currently serves as the Project Training Coordinator. Ms. Mejia conducts trainings in cross-cultural competency, professional interpretation, and diversity as well as other fields.
These three Center for New North Carolinians staff members were trained and certified as Professional Interpreter Instructors in 2012 with specialized areas related to diverse cultural traditions.
For more information about the Professional Interpreter Trainings, please contact: Susan Chilcott at 336.256.8617