Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Rene Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator @ the Hedberg Public Library

Rene Bue speaks up for local Latino community. (Janesville Gazette, 3/27/2011)

Excerpt: Years later, Bue, 49, is president of the Latino Service Providers Coalition and chairwoman of the Diversity Action Team of Rock County. She helps Latinos with language barriers connect with local services and advocates for diversity in Rock County.

"I am honored to be the voice of the people who have no voice. I am proud to fight for those who are not able to fight for themselves," Bue said.

Bue was born in Black River Falls and moved to Janesville as a young girl.

She graduated from Parker High School and later lived in Florida, Kentucky, California, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. She returned to Janesville in 1986.

At age 30, Bue attended UW-Rock County and later graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in psychology and Latin American and Iberian studies. She learned Spanish in college and fell in love with Latin American culture.

Bue later began interpreting locally while working other jobs at restaurants and cell phone companies.

Her relationship with the Latino community helped her become the bilingual outreach coordinator in 2007 at Hedberg Public Library. Her job includes creating multicultural programming, handling the Spanish collection and organizing events such as the multicultural fair

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