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Compassionate Linguist

Devon KatzBy becoming bilingual, Devon Katz was able to start her career right after graduation-and at the same time help people improve their lives. Her job is to raise funds to support one of New England's leading programs for victims of domestic violence.

The psychology major from Wantaugh, N.Y.  completed a minor in Spanish and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Montana for a year after graduating. She then began working for Casa Myrna, in Boston's South End. 

The nonprofit organization offers residential and educational programs for abused women and children, many of whom are Spanish speakers. Katz started as a bilingual program advocate at the emergency shelter, and after a year became the development coordinator.

Katz reinforced her Spanish studies by spending a semester in Granada, Spain. Recently, she used her language skills full-time on a service trip to an orphanage in Honduras that she organized with five fellow alumni.