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Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication

The Lorain City Schools is committed to promoting mutual respect among cultures by strengthening intercultural understanding within our schools, district and community.

Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures. Intercultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and cultural norms and the development of deep relationships. In an intercultural society, no one is left unchanged because everyone learns from one another and grows together.

We will do this by:
  • Ensuring district, school and classroom communications are translated into the home language to ensure every family has equal access to information
  • Developing an interpreter network within our school system to help effectively communicate with and provide services to our families and community members who speak languages other than English 
  • Providing professional development to collectively improve our cultural competency as a learning community  
  • Developing and promoting programming with our families that celebrate the many cultures of those we serve
  • Engaging our families who speak languages other than English through surveys, focus groups, and Town Halls to gain valuable feedback and input affecting the future of Lorain City Schools

Meet Waleska Soto

Waleska Soto
Waleska Soto is a 1996 graduate of Lorain City Schools. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, her family moved to the United States when she was one year old, and moved to Lorain at the age of 17. 

Waleska began interpreting for family and friends at a young age after learning to speak English at school through ESL classes. She has since grown that skill and passion for serving others into her current role proudly serving Hispanic/Latino families in Lorain City Schools. She is responsible for developing intercultural communications and engagement opportunities, while ensuring our school district is sensitive to and responsive of the needs of our families who speak languages other than English.

"Growing up in a Puertorriquen home is fun; there is never a dull moment. Growing up the primary language at home was Spanish, so that's all I knew. When I learned the English language I wanted to help my fellow Hispanics because even though I was raised in the states I struggled with the English language and was intimidated. I began to feel insecure in my own skin, sometimes feeling I could never accomplish my goals, but I fought my emotions and knew I had to stay focused.

"I began to interpret for my parents at doctor appointments. I also interpreted for family and friends who were not fluent in the English language. The need for interpreters and translators is truly important in our community. The need for liaisons and advocates who care for our Hispanic families and who can embrace and deliver with grace and understanding is crucial.

"Today I am a proud employee of the Lorain City Schools with a heart to engage and to communicate with our families. I desire to encourage, empower, and dedicate my time to be the best Intercultural Communicator and Engager for our Lorain families."

CONTACT US

(440) 830-44052

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(440) 830-4088
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