Module Dates: February 1-26 and April 19-May 28, 2021
While the interpreting profession is currently made up of predominantly white people, Deaf communities are increasingly populated by People of Color(PoC). This module shares and explores the insights from 11 Deaf interpreters of color. They explore a variety of questions that provide insight for White interpreters, both Deaf and hearing. Additionally, they share advice for fellow interpreters of color. After viewing this recorded discussion, participants will reflect on the insights shared.
Lead facilitators, Dr. Suzette Garay, Christopher Robinson, and supporting facilitator, Jennifer Gibbons, will work with participants to develop self and worldview awareness. Through these discussions, participants reflect and consider how to be more effective while interpreting in communities with Deaf People of Color. As well, participants discuss interpreting in complex settings such as those impacted by issues of intersectionality, racial identity, and behavioral health. Participants will expand their options for interpreting more effectively with a variety of individuals.
Module requirements include:
- Post reflections in each of the 10 discussion forums and reply to at least one other person’s comments.
- Participation in Zoom discussion meetings is required.
- If your schedule does not allow you to attend the Zoom meetings, it will be recorded and you can watch it and then post a reflection in a discussion board.
- Complete pre and post-evaluation form.
This module takes up about an average of 8 hours. There will be at least two Zoom meetings. Facilitators will notify of additional Zoom meetings. All work must be completed by 11:59pm on the last day of the course. No extensions will be offered. See Course Outline below for an overview of the course.
Modules are offered through Canvas online learning management system.
- You must have high-speed internet access and a tablet or computer that supports:
- Ability to work online and type or video record discussion posts.
- Ability to record videos.
- Ability to upload videos to YouTube for sharing with others in Canvas.
- Ability to access streamed video content.
Module costs? Free
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Origins of this Module
*Jerrin George, who was the facilitator for the original conversation with Deaf Interpreters of Color, used the phrase “Dear White Interpreters” as a way to frame the conversation. Our use of the title for this module is intended to show respect for those involved in the conversation and the ways they choose to share their insights and perspectives.