Spanish-language issue of ‘Invested’ reaches out to workers behind language barrier
Invested en Español aims to increase Boston Fed’s community development impact
A Spanish-language issue wasn’t originally part of the plan for “Invested,” the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s online community development magazine. That changed after an interview with Boston-area nanny Ana Cipoletta, who spoke of the difficulties Spanish-speaking domestic workers have advocating for fair benefits and pay.
Cipoletta said because of the language barrier, those workers are often unaware of people and resources that can offer them assistance and strengthen their collective voice. Invested project manager Suzanne Cummings, herself a native Spanish speaker, saw putting out a Spanish-language issue of “Invested” as a way to help.
“We talk at the Fed about having high impact,” Cummings said. “Well, if we’re exploring a topic that can raise awareness in a particular population about things that can help them, we should be speaking to them in their language.”
That’s ultimately how “Invested en Español” was born. The issue is a translation of select parts of Issue Two of Invested, which focused on amplifying worker voices and increasing the number of high-quality jobs available to New Englanders.
Issue aims to reach the overlooked
The Spanish-language issue features a section on how worker representation has changed through the years and why strengthening it matters. It focuses on ways workers can better represent their individual and collective interests, even in fields where union representation is unavailable or weak. It also has the full, untranslated interview with Cipoletta in Spanish, both the written transcript and an audio recording.
Managing Editor Gabriella Chiarenza said she thinks the audio is particularly helpful.
“It’s one thing to read people in their own words, it’s another to hear them in their own words,” she said. “You can hear what she’s excited about, what she’s concerned about. It’s just another way to reach people.”
Cummings said she hopes “Invested en Español” can make more people and organizations aware that the Boston Fed is committed to community development, so they see the Fed as a potential partner.
Ultimately, the issue continues a conversation between the Boston Fed and communities that are sometimes overlooked, Chiarenza said.
“We want them to know that the issues that are important to them are important to us,” she said. “If the best way to do that is in their own language and environment, we’ll come to them, we’ll find people to speak to them, because we want to hear what they have to say."