Brady Swift ’20 (Elizabethtown, Kentucky) is using what he’s learned as a Spanish major and biology minor to prepare for his future career during his summer internship at Centro Latino de Danville, which provides an outlet for the Latino community to gain access to education and medical care.
“My co-workers and I consider what a family’s situation and needs are and find them the options that can provide the care they need.,” Swift said. “Also, I am teaching ESL classes and organizing summer camps that aim to educate and provide a space for enrichment for ESL children in Boyle and Mercer counties.”
Swift said that his Spanish professors at Centre College have not only improved his use of the language but also have increased his understanding of the Latino community in the U.S. and abroad. By the end of the internship, Swift said he believes he will have a better understanding of the struggles that Hispanic families experience in the U.S.
As a biology minor, Swift is interested in the medical field, but he hopes to work for a hospital or clinic that advocates for the care of immigrant families. He explained how there are local doctors who work with Centro Latino to provide interpreters and other resources, and he aspires to provide the same care.
“I am grateful that Centro Latino allowed me to be a part of their team this summer,” he said. “I am learning about the families and people that live around us at Centre College, that, many times, we never interact with.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 19, 2018