Input for our project should be gathered in three sections, english speaking farm workers such as the OFB, Latinx farm workers such as PCUN, and input from language instructors at Lewis and Clark. Each of these three groups offers unique approaches to language barriers that may exist. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCUN has been unavailable for input on our project at this time. Going forward a representative from each group could be used to help discuss the viability of this project.
Lewis and Clark faculty are an excellent recourse to reach out to. The project depends on the instruction of both english and s[anish language lessons given to both native and migrant workers. The hispanic studies department could be a great place to start receiving instruction on the best ways to educate both groups, native and non native speakers and their instruction. Another section of input they can give is types of cultural activities that could help form narratives to best explain each other such as themed dinners or even shared holiday events.
The Oregon Farm Bureau is another resource for input. Since they represent many nattive english language speakers they are effectively half of the project. Their input not only on the viability of the project but also the targeted issues can be important. The OFB can help identify types of engagement that are broken down by a language barrier in hopes of continuing these discussions during a language exchange with immigrants. The OFB can also describe how active they would like to be possibly even becoming a second partner in the project.
PCUN will obviously be one of the largest forms of input we can receive. The organization can also speak to the viability of the project within their current organizational structures. With NCFH citing that 27% of workers have no english language skills, PCUN can help decide whether or not this statistic holds true for their community. PCUN can also convey whether this is an issue that is worth taking up in their organization.
With no current input our goal was to design a mutually beneficial project that is centered around creating more accessible dialog to all parties. Targeting both the english and spanish language serves to provide an equal playing field that incorporates each party’s personal narratives. The next step towards the project would be getting input from each of these three demographics before deciding if reimagining certain aspects is needed.