UPDATE: 3/6/08- University Business magazine mentions START Bilingue in an article about orientation trends nationwide. -bv
A comment was posted concerning the Bilingual START program that OSU offers.
“The Bilingual START really is nonesense because If a stdent went through 18 years including High School successfully without their parents ability to speak English then what does it matter at this point in their childrenâ€™s lives. Its sounds like you also need a German translator for my Gandmother when she comes over to visit too! Oh thats right the school is trying to be overly politically correct.”
In an effort to educate people about what the program is about:
1)Sending a child to college can be a very stressful time for parents and family members of the student so all of our START sessions and even our Open House programs include sessions for parents and family members to learn more about the process, what questions they should be asking, what they should be discussing with their student, etc. Much of the trepidation revolves around finances which most families need to pay attention to. For those parents with a language barrier, i.e. not speaking/having a strong understanding of English, this makes a stressful time even more stressful often to the point of it becoming a barrier to the student attending college. START Bilngue is a tool to help those parents and family who may fall into this category. Why Spanish? There is an obvious need. Demographics show that Hispanics are the largest growing population in Oregon and demographic trends show this to continue in the future.
2)Incoming students have so much to deal with and attend to during advising and registration. Imagine being the person in your family that your parents relied on to translate what you are doing, intend to do, and what everyone else is saying (much of which is vitally important) while trying to actually understand it for yourself. START Bilingue allows the student to just be a student going through the process while allowing others to help communicate to the parents.
3)START Bilingue is not restricted to just one population of people. Anyone can access this advising/registration program. This particular one merely offers sessions in both English and Spanish. Politically correct? No. Culturally sensitive? Yes.