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Language and Culture Resource Center

College of Arts & Sciences

Mission/Vision/History

Mission Vision History

Welcome to the Language and Culture Resource Center (LCRC)!

Our vision is to bridge boundaries between the native English-speaking communities in East Tennessee and the non-native English speaking communities, such as the Latinx community. Our mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of diversity by involving the university faculty and students in hands-on, community-based learning experiences and to bring together people from every age and background to share cultural strengths and humanity through research and outreach programs as they work toward the acculturation of the local non-native speakers of English communities. The LCRC publishes El Nuevo Tennessean, a bilingual newspaper in Spanish and English, and provides a bilingual Resource Guide for Washington, Unicoi, Carter, and Green Counties. The LCRC also provides translation and interpretation services as well as English as a Second Language classes in the community.

The LCRC sponsors an annual Hispanic Student Day at ETSU for high school Latinx heritage students who come to ETSU for a one-day introduction to college life. In this 2018, the LCRC invited students from other non-native English speaking communities to come as well, because they all struggle with the same challenges. The goal is to encourage all attendees to complete high school and teach them about the options available for them to pursue higher education.

Our goal for the next five years is to become a reference inside and outside of ETSU for translation and interpretation services, while also creating paths across different languages and cultures, helping to close the gap between individuals with different stories, backgrounds, and cultures. We are also a safe place where everyone is welcome!


LCRC Mission Statement

  • To increase the awareness and understanding of diversity by involving the university faculty and students in hands-on, community-based learning experiences, and

  • To bring together people from every age and background, to share our cultural strengths and our humanity through research and outreach programs as we work toward the acculturation of the local non-English speaking communities.


LCRC Vision

To expand community partnerships and to bridge boundaries between the non-English-speaking and English-speaking communities in East Tennessee.


The Language and Culture Resource Center embraces and shares the ETSU Vision and ETSU Values.

ETSU Vision

To become the best regional university in the nation. (In our case, to become the best regional interpreting/translation center in the nation)


ETSU Values: 

ETSU pursues its mission through a student-centered community of learning reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, continuous improvement, and based on core values where:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are     encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity, and trust;
DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected;
EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and
COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

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