Worcester State University has launched a new Spanish-language subsite on its website: worcester.edu/espanol. Designed for prospective students and their families whose primary language is Spanish, the site provides information on admissions, financial aid, campus life and activities for families and includes a list of Spanish-speaking professors and admissions counselors.
“The Spanish-speaking subsite is an important resource to our Spanish-speaking families as they support their prospective student through the admissions and financial aid process at Worcester State,” Dean of Enrollment and Director of Admissions Joseph DiCarlo said. “We appreciate that applying to college is a big milestone for many of our prospective students, so we are excited to offer this resource and reaffirm our commitment to making the admissions process accessible to as many students and families as possible.”
The subsite was developed in response to a growing number of Latine applicants—Latine students now make up 16 percent of the Worcester State student body. “As an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, Worcester State University seeks to provide increasing support to our Hispanic/Latin students and families,” Vice President for Enrollment Management Ryan Forsythe said. “To that end, we are glad to now have the Spanish subsite available.”
“The Spanish language subsite of the Worcester State website shows the university’s commitment to diversifying the campus,” Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Edgar Moros said. “It is a way to inform Spanish-speaking students and their families of the robust programs and supports our university offers.”
The subsite took three months to develop and was the result of a collaboration with ERI Design, a digital creative agency with headquarters in Worcester, the university’s Office of Communications and Marketing, Dr. Moros, and Dr. Ana Perez-Manrique of the Worcester State Translation Center.
“The new Spanish subsite celebrates our diverse student body by acknowledging the preferred language of communication of many Hispanic students and families,” said Pérez-Manrique, professor of Spanish and director of the Translation Center. “The Spanish subsite marks another important step by Worcester State towards our goal of inclusion and equal access to information, and it is a reflection of the current cultural and social reality of Massachusetts—we are a vibrant multilingual and multiethnic community where each group is valued and appreciated.”
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