Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

"Moving with Curiosity: Exploring Identity Within Systems of Power & Oppression"

Presenter: Jonathan Webb  |  CEUs: TBD
Friday, October 4th • (Part 1) 9:00—Noon & (Part 2) 3:00—6:00 PM

Description: This workshop capitalizes on interpreters that view themselves as agents of social justice and a medium for equity. While increasingly more interpreters are finding themselves passionate about issues relating to justice, many do not know how to translate these thoughts and feelings into not only doable actions, but conscious action. Participants will explore both “self” and “other” within the context of power, privilege, and oppression. Participants should understand that involvement in the training will assist interpreters and others engaged with the Deaf Community in getting honest around the issues of inequity and how we can appropriately stand as both ally and friend to a community that has given us so much. An attitude of openness, cultural humility, and courage will be needed and welcomed.  

About Jonathan Webb

Jonathan Webb is a facilitator, writer, activist, educator, and mentor who started learning ASL in 1986 and began interpreting in 1993. He has specialized in visual/gestural communication, mental health interpreting, and comedy & storytelling interpreting. Jonathan has degrees in interpreting, liberal arts, deaf education, and theology, with post-doc work in clinical psychology. He has served at varying levels and in multiple capacities within RID and the field at large. Currently, Jonathan teaches at CSU-Northridge, serves as a freelance/IC interpreter, presides over Sign Enhancers Inc., and teaches/facilitates learning and practice in dialogic techniques in the context of social justice and consciousness development. His hobbies include ocean and beach time with family.

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