PVM Adds Veterinary Lessons to Afterschool Spanish Heritage Language Program
Purdue University's School of Languages and Cultures and College of Veterinary Medicine joined forces this spring to provide an afterschool program in veterinary medicine as part of an ongoing Spanish literacy program. Called "Aprendiendo a Leer," which means, “learning to read,” the literacy program is directed by Purdue Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Alejandro Cuza. The workshops in veterinary medicine were offered at Wea Ridge Elementary in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, and the Friendly Village Mobile Home Park in Lafayette, Ind.
"The School of Languages and Cultures has been working with the Hispanic community in Lafayette very closely for the last 15 years, and we continue to strive to engage our undergraduate students more with our community while reaching out to those who need us the most," Dr. Cuza said. PVM Associate Dean for Engagement Sandra San Miguel explained that faculty and students from the School of Languages and Cultures and Purdue Veterinary Medicine worked together to provide veterinary lessons in Spanish to students from kindergarten through fifth grades. During the first session, which was held in February at Wea Ridge, the students learned about animal skulls. In the second session, students learned about germs. All the lessons are in Spanish. "The Purdue veterinary medicine team has been delivering weekly vet lessons in partnership with the Hanna Community Center and is excited to expand this programming to Greater Lafayette's Hispanic community, in collaboration with the School of Languages and Cultures," Dr. San Miguel said.
According to Drs. Cuza and San Miguel, the program's goal is to foster the maintenance and development of Spanish as a heritage language and bilingual ability within the context of health literacy, to reduce health disparities in people and their animals.
To view a news release about the program, click here.