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"Lost in Translation" Returns to Eastern

Written by Ed Osborn

Willimantic, CT -- Following two successful "Lost in Translation" seminars in October 2007 and May 2008, Eastern Connecticut State University, the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce and Bauza & Associates of Hartford are hosting "Lost in Translation 3," a half-day conference being held on April 15.  The event is aimed at local and regional community leaders, including business people, civic leaders, school officials and other educators, small businesses, nonprofits, and service organizations. 

The free conference will convene at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks, followed by two sets of concurrent breakout sessions at 9 a.m. and again at 10:30.  While the themes of bringing together Willimantic's mainstream and Latino communities and supporting local economic development continue, Lost in Translation 3 will focus on leveraging resources to build a sustainable community.  Breakout topics include services available to local small businesses; overcoming cultural differences in a multicultural environment; expanding relationships between the University and the community; and building a stronger support system for local schoolchildren.  Presenters will include representatives from Eastern, Bauza & Associates, the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Spanish American Merchants Association, as well as guest speaker Sean Bender, director of the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

"We have had a wonderful response to our previous two Lost in Translation seminars," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.  "Our local residents truly see Willimantic's rich multicultural history as an asset and not a barrier, and want to come together to ensure a sustainable future for our community.  I am especially interested in sharing ideas at Lost in Translation 3 on how we can focus the time, energy and talents of our faculty and students to address community needs while offering students unique, practical learning experiences."

A luncheon will close the event, with Bender providing the luncheon keynote address.  To RSVP, please call 465-5735 or e-mail


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