2014 College Educators Research Fellows
DeOnna Lavette Gray, M.A. works as an adjunct instructor of healthcare interpreting at Davidson County Community College (DCCC) where she has been charged with the responsibility of developing and teaching the courses in both the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Interpreting program, as well as the Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting continuing education program. A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, she earned a Master of Arts in Spanish: Translating and Translation Studies from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has completed graduate courses in applied interpreting studies and methodology of teaching interpreting at Wake Forest University.
Ms. Gray has presented on topics such as “Strategies for Medical Interpreting”; “The Professional Healthcare Interpreter”; “Using Vocabulary Digital Stories to Enhance Literacy in the Foreign Language Classroom”; and “Interpreting Pedagogy” at recent conferences held by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) and the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI). In 2013, she was awarded a FLANC mini-grant to for the “DCCC Healthcare Interpreting” project, which funded observational internships for healthcare interpreting students enrolled at DCCC.
Prior to teaching healthcare interpreting at DCCC, Ms. Gray taught Spanish in either full- or part-time positions at Wake Forest University, Livingstone College, Davidson County Community College, Winston-Salem State University, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and The University of Akron.
Beginning in Fall 2014, she will pursue a Masters of Public Health: Community Health concentration, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Translation and Interpreting from East Tennessee State University, with the goal of becoming a nationally certified medical interpreter. Ms. Gray is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has some reading knowledge of Catalán.
Oscar de la Torre is an Assistant Professor of Africana and Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte. A specialist in Latin American History with a special focus on Brazil and the African Diaspora, he investigates the history and current political movements of black peasants in Amazonia and throughout the Americas, and has recently co-edited a special issue of Spain’s Boletín Americanista on post-emancipation societies, and another one at Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, on Community Engagement and Citizen Empowerment in Africa and the African Diaspora. He is currently writing a book manuscript based on his dissertation and tentatively titled Leaving Behind the Big Snake: A History of Black Amazonia, 1850-1950. Engaged in a permanent dialogue and exchange of ideas with scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Brazil, Dr. De la Torre is also interested in the study of comparative race and racism across the Diaspora, and in the broader fields of Atlantic and Environmental History. Beyond scholarship, Dr. De la Torre likes to watch Peppa Pig and to play board games with his kids and his wife.