TIP

MRC Translation and Interpretation Program

The MRC Translation and Interpretation Program (TIP) aims to provide trained multilingual faculty/staff and student volunteer interpreters and translators to bridge the language and cultural gaps, for students and their families with limited English proficiency and on-/off-campus community agencies in emergency, crises, and non-emergency situations.

Please note that MRC TIP student, faculty, and staff volunteers are not professional or certified interpreters/translators.


Types of Services

Emergency Services

Emergency situations are those where students need immediate help because of life-threatening or severe psychological difficulties. In all cases, the student might be in an unconscious or semi-conscious state and immediate action is required.

  • Examples of life-threatening emergencies: all serious accidents, death, serious injury, unexpected hospitalization.
  • Examples of psychological/psychiatric emergencies: alcohol or drug overdose, suicide attempts, homicidal threats or threats of physical harm.
Our faculty and staff volunteers assist with emergency services in a variety of languages; for information on which languages are currently offered, please contact tip@binghamton.edu


If you are an on-campus emergency office, please contact our office if you would like to be granted access to the TIP Emergency Database.

Non-emergency Services

We also provide language services to on-/off-campus agencies, local K-12 schools, government agencies, and non-profit community organizations in non-emergency situations. 

  • Services include but not limited to: translating documents, interpreting, and planning/running cultural workshops.

For non-emergency services, our student volunteers are only able to assist with requests in the following languages: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish


Accessing our services

Both on-campus departments and off-campus community agencies are welcome to utilize TIP services to provide students, parents, etc. with access to information in their target languages. Please note that services for off-campus community agencies are paid. Please contact Nuray Seyidzade at tip@binghamton.edu for pricing information. 

  • If you are an on-campus department, please fill out the On-Campus TIP Request Form to get access to the service.
  • If you are an off-campus community agency, please complete the Off-Campus TIP Request Form. 

Contributing to our services

If you are a multilingual student, faculty or staff member at Binghamton University who wants to be a volunteer, please sign up to get involved.

Please fill out our follow-up survey to let us know your experience using our service.


If you are a parent or a student who needs our service or wants to know more about the program, please contact MRC Assistant Director/TIP Coordinator, Nuray Seyidzade at nseyidza@binghamton.edu | tip@binghamton.edu,  or call 607-777-4781.