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Elena Costello

LASER Hub Coordinator

PhD Student/Linguistics

I love LASER because I love creating a space for other Latinx gente. I enjoy the academic prestige of being a LASER Coordinator and the ability to linguistically and culturally find a home with mi gente. I've gotten to see other first-generation students, like me, graduate from high school, universities, and graduate school…it's an amazing feeling for all of us at LASER. My cultural studies/areas of expertise include heritage language learners; the role of interpreters in health care; and accessibility to health care based on cultures, discourses, and practices with a focus on race, equity, and inclusion.