Rutgers-Newark is celebrated as the most diverse university campus in the United States, yet less commonly recognized is that the global provenance of our students also makes our campus linguistically rich. This initiative aims to build upon this strength to establish Rutgers-Newark as a community leader in teaching and research related to multilingualism and translation, critical forms of literacy for the increasing number of people who conduct international research and business or regularly communicate across borders of many kinds. Not only is the capacity to translate between languages and cultures an essential ability for engaging with and understanding the modern world, it is also an economically valuable skill which improves the employment prospects of RU-N students.
Lives In Translation offers undergraduate internships in translation/interpretation serving the Legal Clinics at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Newark Alliance Contact Tracing Project within the city of Newark and the greater Newark area, and other sites in the community. Interns participate in weekly training and receive academic credit for their work throughout the semester.
As part of the Lives in Translation initiative, RU-N is starting a new Minor in Translation and Interpretation Studies and a certificate program in Translation/ Interpretation.