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At the Deep South Language and Culture Institute, our mission is to facilitate and foster communication between the people of the Deep South. We do this by providing interpreter training, consultation on language access, and language and culture education.  


We help businesses and providers create a plan and develop skills to better serve limited English speakers and our growing multicultural community. 

We train and support interpreters and translators to increase our capacity in the Deep South to provide multilingual services.

We promote and celebrate culture and language in the Deep South, including traditions present here for generations and the multitude of cultural practices and languages brought here by immigrants from around the world.

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Melissa Fridlin Murrell is the CEO of the Deep South Language and Culture Institute. She has over 20 years of experience as an interpreter in nonprofit, medical, and legal settings.  A native of the Southeastern US, she has a BA in Latin American Studies, has lived and worked in Mexico and Central America, and holds a Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting from Samford University in Birmingham, AL.  As the owner of a language services business and community advocate, she has spent over 10 years advocating for cultural awareness and language access in the state of Alabama.  

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