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FREE FOOD MONDAY – Conversations on Health Disparities with Dr. Diana Ruggiero


Join us on Monday, September 18, at noon in the Schreier Auditorium for lunch and learn more about what barriers to care exist for non-English speakers. We’ll be talking with Dr. Diana Ruggiero, an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Memphis, about medical translation, barriers to care, and how providers can best serve their patients and their families. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP here: https://uthsc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/9120393

This event is part of the co-curricular certificate on the Social Determinants of Health, and is open to anyone at UTHSC, regardless of campus. A zoom option is available, please indicate in the RSVP questions if you are attending virtually or in-person.

A bit about Dr. Ruggiero: Dr. Diana Ruggiero is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Memphis where she currently specializes in world languages for specific purposes (WLSP; Spanish focus) and community service learning. An engaged scholar recognized by her professional peers worldwide for her contributions to scholarship and teaching in WLSP and Spanish language and culture, her current teaching and research focus is on WLSP pedagogy, Spanish for healthcare and the Latinx Community in Memphis. Among the many Spanish for specific purposes courses that she develops and teaches for the Department of World Languages, such as Spanish for healthcare, Spanish for commerce, Spanish for community engagement, Dr. Ruggiero teaches medical Spanish interpreting and translating, which is a pre-requisite to obtain the national certification for medical interpreting. Dr. Ruggiero’s graduate course on teaching Spanish for specific purposes is a methodology course that prepares future language teachers to teach WLSP and Spanish for the professions. Other research interests to date include WLSP, Linguistics in healthcare, heritage language learners, cultural competence and intercultural sensitivity development, service-learning project design and assessment, Medical interpreting and body language, and issues and methods in WLSP, L2 and heritage language learner pedagogy. She serves the Latinx community in collaboration with local non-profit organizations, including serving as a board member of Latino Memphis.