Letter from the editor – The Aggie

Lea esta carta en español. 


Pricey visitors,


I’ve often liked the plan of speaking an additional language — finding out the nuance and subtlety of diverse words and recognizing how language can transform the way we believe and see the entire world. 

I started my study of Spanish as a freshman in significant school, which, if you talk to any language qualified, is a little bit late to become fluent. However, I have continued to seek out out chances to follow the language about the earlier eight decades, from finding out overseas in Spain to minoring in Spanish right here at UC Davis. When I am however not a fluent speaker and am constantly seeking for strategies to improve, I have last but not least attained a position wherever I can read, communicate and pay attention to other folks in Spanish, and I have arrive to appreciate what a stunning language it is. 

As editor-in-chief of The Aggie this 12 months, a single of my principal ambitions was to do more than preserve regular operations and add some thing new to the paper that would, hopefully, previous for a long time to occur. It seemed only normal to me to merge my really like for language with my passion for journalism. And consequently, the notion to translate content into Spanish was born. 

Just about every week, The Aggie will publish a translation of an vital news or attributes write-up on our web site at theaggie.org/classification/espanol/. Posts at the moment obtainable involve a city news piece on the Davis community expressing assist for transgender little ones immediately after a area author occasion and a attributes posting on the campus initiative Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer which fosters Chicanx/Latinx local community empowerment via inventive expression. 

Further than my personal desire in the backlink between studying languages and journalism, offering translations of articles or blog posts into Spanish, to me, appears to be to some degree rational. UC Davis is an extremely varied campus in 2021, it was ranked optimum in inclusiveness, diversity and internationalization amongst U.S. universities. Further more, among the undergraduate population by itself, 24% of students discover as Hispanic/Latinx as of 2021. In a local community with this kind of a massive populace of men and women who may possibly be Spanish speakers, and specified my practical experience with the language, it seemed organic that we must start translating articles into Spanish. These articles or blog posts will enable The Aggie to widen our viewers to these who may desire to go through articles in Spanish or those people who have stronger language abilities in Spanish than English.

The Aggie is also not the very first to publish content in Spanish. CalMatters, a publication concentrating on California politics and coverage, offers translations into Spanish for numerous of their essential information items. UC Berkeley’s college student-run newspaper, The Everyday Californian, also recently arrived out with a Latine/Hispanic Heritage Thirty day period problem with 1 post prepared in Spanish. We are, to my information, however, the first UC pupil-operate publication to provide posting translations in the language.

I am so excited to continue to function on this job, and I would like to precisely thank José Hernandez, César Hoyos Álvarez and Agustina Carando, who have produced this possible. On top of that, as I will only be serving as editor-in-chief until eventually June, I prepare to introduce the position of “Translation Director” to our controlling team subsequent year to guarantee that this project proceeds. 

If you are a Spanish speaker hoping to examine much more about local information and campus developments in Spanish, I inspire you to check out out the articles or blog posts obtainable. I hope they convey you as significantly pleasure to study as they did for me to edit. 



Sophie Dewees



If you are fascinated in translating content into Spanish, be sure to get hold of me at [email protected].