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Interpreters as Agents of Transformative Justice: Understanding the Racial Microaggressions that Interpreters Commit - 11/20/2020

Where? Online.

When? Available on YouTube any time! Use the link at the bottom of the page to access this webinar.

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Description: There is a swell of energy and interest in the field of sign language interpretation to examine equity from many different perspectives. When investigating issues of power, privilege and oppression, commonly used texts do not acknowledge the importance of racial identity, and the Deaf identity, as equal influences for a persons’ whole identity formation. Research on how race intersects with power, privilege and oppression in interpreted events is sparse at best.

This webinar will explore some of the racial microaggressions American Sign Language interpreters commit. Through a lens of transformative justice and authentic critical self-reflection you are invited to consider the notion that American Sign Language interpreters can view their practice as an act of social justice. This is offered with the hope that serious and honest dialogue can provide an understanding of cultural competency beyond a Deaf–hearing binary. The work of social justice does not only benefit those that are oppressed, but by everyone confronting acts of injustice we all have the opportunity to gain liberation. “The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us” (Lorde, 2007).

Presenter: Cheryl Gallon CI, CT, NAD V

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