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About the Instructors


Professor Orlando Gonzalez

Orlando GonzlezDr. Orlando González is a nationally certified medical interpreter. He has received degrees in theology, social studies, science and health as well as a Master’s in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Education.

Dr. González served as a paramedic and nursing instructor, and has worked as a national trainer and interpreter. For over 25 years, he has served as a medical missionary volunteer in impoverished regions of Latin America. He also developed a curriculum to train medical interpreters, which is approved by both The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. Dr. González is a dynamic speaker who uses humor and pathos to bring home his lessons as he strives to instruct students by aiming at the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

Professor Diana Saillant

Diana Saillant

Diana Saillant is the Founder & CEO of Saillant Language Consulting, a company that connects organizations, social service agencies, schools, and government agencies to Hispanic businesses and the community at large. As Vice President of the Hispanic Business Association, she assists Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners in creating, stabilizing, and expanding their businesses.

Diana is a founding member of the College of Charleston's Hispanic Studies Advisory Board and is an Advisory Board Member of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs at the Governor’s Office. She is a YWCA Board Member and serves on committees supporting Trident United Way, the Coastal Community Foundation, Tri-County Cradle to Career, TEDxCharleston and the African American Leadership Council (AALC). For three years, she served on the MUSC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council providing advice and insight to the Board of Trustees and President on matters related to cultural outreach.

Ms. Saillant is a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management degree and a Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University.




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