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Speaking Your Language: A Case for Language Access in Grant Writing


Speaking Your Language: A Case for Language Access in Grant Writing

Join LUNA Language Services and Hedges & Associates for a morning dedicated to learning how to effectively serve more local global community members through the utilization of language access resources. This workshop is designed for experienced grant writers and program leaders to learn how to integrate language access resources into their programs, budgets, and grant proposals. 

LUNA Language Services will teach you how to make the business case for serving more multi-lingual communities, and educate you on the language resources available to you and how to budget for them.  Hedges and Associates will bring their background of strategic planning and grant writing to the table to give you high-level tips on how to make your grant proposals more successful, including suggestions on funders that might be interested in organizations that intentionally serve diverse cultural communities! 

Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions about proposals that they are working on, or problems that they are trying to solve in their programming where language access is a challenge, so that all four speakers can weigh in on potential solutions.

This event will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 8:00 am - 10:00 am at the LUNA Language Services office.  Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

We have limited spots available for this workshop so please register ASAP!

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Kate Tewanger, MPA, Grant Writing Specialist, Hedges and Associates

After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University, Kate went on to make a name for herself securing federal grants at the state level. Her background at the Indiana State Department of Health and the Family and Social Service Administration made her an accomplished grant writer, researcher, and analyst—all skills she brings to her role as a consultant at Hedges. She has an appreciation for looking at the bigger picture when it comes to bettering the community as a whole. 

Marina Waters, JD, MPH, President of LUNA Language Services

Marina has dedicated 20 years of her career and academic interests advocating for the civil, political and cultural rights of communities facing discrimination. After participating in research for disability determinations as a young psychology graduate, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Public Health focusing on Community Health Practice. In her role as President, Marina oversees the growth of the company by managing contracts and establishing outreach programs with community partners. She provides Title VI consulting to clients and the community, as well as speaks publicly on the important topics of nondiscrimination, multiculturalism, and corporate social responsibility.

Melanie Priest, MPA, Grant Writing Specialist, Hedges and Associates

For more than 25 years, Melanie has worked closely with the Central Indiana philanthropic community to provide creative solutions to complex problems. Her Master’s in Public Affairs (concentration in nonprofit management) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University has aided her in writing persuasive grant proposals, conducting topical research, and helping organizations develop high-impact programs throughout her distinguished career. Prior to joining Hedges, Melanie served as Program Director and Development Director for various organizations, including YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana Medicaid, Dayspring Center, and School on Wheels. 

Una Hartzell-Baird, MPA, Director of Translation, LUNA Language Services

Una oversees the daily operations of the translation department. Her background as an interpreter gives her excellent experience working with language service professionals. Like many on the LUNA staff, Una also acts as an interpreter for the Bosnian and Croatian languages. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia relocated with her family to Indianapolis in 1995 through a refugee resettlement program. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs: Nonprofit Management at the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2009 and her Masters of Public Affairs in 2010.

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