Hiring, Retaining and Supporting Bilingual Staff at Your Organization
Facilitated by the Immigrant Survivors Project at PIRC
Wednesday, December 11, 12:30PM - 2:00PM
This webinar, aimed at mainstream DV/SA organizational management, highlights the importance of hiring bilingual/bicultural staff, offers concrete strategies for recruiting, hiring and retaining bilingual/bicultural personnel and provides information on how to effectively supervise bilingual/bicultural staff by: listening, understanding work load of bilingual/bicultural staff, addressing vicarious trauma, encouraging growth, and supporting leadership. This webinar will underscore the importance of language access planning to ensure meaningful language access for individuals with Limited English Proficiency that is proactive, sustainable and draws from multiple strategies (direct services in language, qualified interpretation and meaningful collaborations) while it ensures appropriate role boundaries between bilingual staff and interpreters.
Paula Gomez Stordy is Senior Director of National Training and TA of Casa de Esperanza, the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. She has more than 25 years of experience working in social services, of which 17 years were in non-profit management. She oversees national training and technical assistance to mainstream and culturally specific organizations across the country overseeing federal contracts and supervising staff. Paula has served in leadership positions within various institutions including courts, hospitals, shelters and community-based programs to enhance the safety, health and inclusion of individuals and families. As a consultant, she supported organizations with fundraising, board development, mentoring and training. Paula has served as an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College teaching Social Justice: Theory and Practice where she conducted research on the leadership of women of color. Paula was born in Boston to Chilean parents and has lived in various cities and towns in Massachusetts and Chile.