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COVID-19 Support in 10 Languages

Lucy Lee, student
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During the hiatus from classes, Lucy Lee ’20 and a team of bilingual and multilingual students remotely provided translations in 10 languages for the website user guide of D.C.-based support company DisasterTech to make the content accessible for people who are homebound due to COVID-19. The students normally translate in person for local community agencies through the Translator Interpreter Program, a student-run Cornell Public Service Center program. Now they’re preparing to do more translations remotely, said Lee, the program’s president. “When this pandemic is over,” she said, “our volunteers will be able to use what we have learned to respond to times of crisis in the future.”