Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative provides remote and in-person interpretation, written translation, and capacity-building services. Our small business is worker-owned and managed and its members are made up of majority Latinx, majority women, first and second generation immigrants from El Salvador, Mexico, Spain and the United States. The word Cenzontle, pronounced /senˈsontle/, [sẽnˈsõn̪t̪le], comes from the Nahuatl language meaning “mockingbird”,or “possessor of four hundred voices”.
We believe that language justice is a commitment toward inclusive, multilingual spaces that create dialogue and build community power. It is the practice of actively challenging “standard” English as the dominant or superior language, honoring all languages–from those that were lost or stolen to the ones we hold on to and continue to evolve. It looks like building relationships across language and feeling welcome to bring our whole selves in order to break down barriers to information, participation, and decision-making spaces.
Cenzontle provides interpretation between Spanish and English for virtual or in-person meetings, trainings, events, and multi-day conferences, both locally and out of town. We carry our own simultaneous interpretation equipment for in-person and remote settings. Our focus is simultaneous interpretation but let us know if you have other language-related needs. *Our services include spoken language only. However, we have experience working alongside interpreters of other languages for multilingual events, including sign language interpreters.
We provide translation for documents, web content, flyers, reports, training materials, etc.
CAPACITY-BUILDING: LEARNING, PLANNING & ACTION
We are available on a case by case basis to organizations that would like to learn about language access, multilingual spaces, and how to create a culture and practice of language justice.
All requests for interpretation and translations should be made at cenzontle.coop/request. For capacity-building inquiries, email us at [email protected]