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Meet Tiffany Pippin of Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Downtown Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Pippin.

Tiffany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My interest in working with multicultural and multilingual populations began when I was working at restaurants during college. At the time, I was also taking Spanish language and Sociology courses. My Spanish-speaking coworkers would help me improve my language skills and, in turn, I helped them practice English. I grew up in a small town in Missouri with few opportunities to interact with people from different cultures, so in college, I was drawn to learning more. My main friend group during my undergraduate studies was a group of international students from several different countries. At some point, I decided to make a career out of working with non-native speakers, and I completed a Master’s in English with an emphasis on teaching English. Since then, I’ve worked with hundreds of international students, immigrants, refugees, and other adult students. I’ve taught at universities, community colleges, and abroad when I lived in worked in Morocco. I’m a people person and a strong advocate for the power of education, so I’m grateful for all of the interactions I’ve had, the mistakes I’ve made, and the opportunities to contribute and learn how to be a better global citizen. My teaching philosophy is that I’m planting seeds in my students. I might not see the seeds grow now, but I hope that their time with me helped some part of them grow, whether through improving skills or helping them reach their goals, or even improve little parts of their lives. I love living in Denver–the people are nice, the weather is great, and it has a little bit of something for everyone.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’m privileged to mostly only have self-created struggles. What do I want to do for work? Where do I want to live? I’ve lived in the Bay Area, Kansas City, Denver, and Morocco, and I take pieces of those places with me and am lucky to have friends all over. Compared to others, my struggles seem silly, but I value taking chances, experiencing new places and people, and learning from my mistakes. One of my personal goals is to challenge myself more and do more things that put me out of my comfort zone.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Spring Institute has been working with the refugee and immigrant community in the Denver metro area since 1979. We specialize in community-based work that is responsive to needs. We also have a background in providing training, both to newcomers and welcoming communities. I think what sets us apart is the variety of services we offer. For example, we have a program that offers support to internationally-trained physicians and nurses to help them get back into their careers. It’s a difficult process, and we’re the only program in Colorado that offers this service to medical professionals. I think that with the large healthcare industry in Colorado, it’s really important work.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Denver is a very welcoming city for immigrants and refugees. I think there are opportunities for the community to learn more about the immigrants and refugees who live in Denver. They’re looking to learn more about you too!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1373 Grant
  • Website: www.springinstitute.org
  • Phone: 3038630188
  • Email: tpippin@springinstitute.org
  • Facebook: @springinstitute

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