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Social & Racial Justice Series

  • 15 May 2021
  • 05 Jun 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 15 May 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • 05 Jun 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom
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  • Includes other affiliate chapters (OAC). If you are a member of an OAC, you can join WSRID for free and take advantage of this opportunity. Click on ABOUT > MEMBERSHIP and join today!
  • Includes other affiliate chapters (OAC). If you are a member of an OAC, you can join WSRID for free and take advantage of this opportunity. Click on ABOUT > MEMBERSHIP and join today!

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"What Really Going On? Social Justice Basics & Interpreting—Part 1"

Are you new to the social justice conversation? Feeling lost in a sea of unfamiliar vocabulary? Feeling nervous about engaging people for fear that you will offend someone? This two-hour interactive workshop will encourage you to examine your own world, socialization, and thoughts on social justice issues as well as introduce you to basic social justice vocabulary and concepts. We will collectively engage in short readings, virtual activities, independent reflection time, and small group dialogue in order to better understand current day social justice issues and movements. We will end the session creating action plans on how you can immediately apply what you learned to interpreting and working with future clients. 

The participants will be able to: 

  • Critically reflect on one’s own socialization around social justice issues regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, and more...
  • Explain how power, privilege, and marginalization manifest within social identities.
  • Understand and create examples of how intersectionality plays out and impacts relationships within interpreting and society.
  • Establish one action plan based on what was learned in the workshop and apply it to an interpreting situation.

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"Anti-Blackness in Interpreting: How it is Embodied and What it Means for Racial Justice—Part 2"

This interactive workshop provides a historical foundation of the roots of anti-Blackness, what it means and where it came from, present day interpretations, and how it is embodied in Deaf communities and Deaf/hearing relationships. Using activities, real-life examples, videos, and images we will break down definitions and concepts like color-evasiveness, whiteness as property and other helpful social justice concepts to better understand how we begin to expose and flush out anti-black ideas and unconscious and subtle ways of thinking and being. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own socialization around Blackness, engage in short community readings and small group dialogue. We will end the time together talking through how to apply this learning to your work as an interpreter as we move forward in the racial uprising and revolution.

The participants will be able to: 

  • Understand and use social justice concepts specifically color-evasiveness, whiteness as property, and anti-blackness within context.
  • Identify how anti-blackness ideology and behaviors impact interpreting situations and the field.
  • Identify the ways they have been socialized to embrace anti-black ideologies and behaviors and how to unlearn this socialization and move towards anti-racist ideologies and behaviors.

Biography: Dr. Lissa D. Ramirez-Stapleton is an associate professor at California State University Northridge in the Department of Deaf Studies and core faculty for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Her research focuses on equity and access, identity development, and the educational history of Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender, and disability. She was a 2018-2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and is a member of the University of Michigan Diversity Scholars Network. As a private consultant for over 15 years, she conducts training, workshops, and keynotes on issues of social justice, equity and diversity across the country as well as supports campus climate assessments as a qualitative research specialist with Rankin & Associates Consulting. She is professionally involved with the Association for the Study of Higher Education and active within the National Black Deaf Advocates organization. Lissa previously worked as a student affair professional and with Semester At Sea. Her desire to support Deaf college Students of Color, led Lissa to pursue her doctorate at Iowa State University. She graduated in 2014 with her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Social Justice and a minor in Women's Studies. She earned her M.S.E. in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton and B.S. in Social Work from Wright State University.

DeafBlind Accommodations: Please email accommodation requests by April. 30th for Part 1 & by May 21st for Part 2.

Workshop will be presented in ASL.

Zoom: It is very important that participants use their real name when joining a Zoom meeting. The host must know who is being admitted to the meeting. If you have not added your real name, the host will not admit you. If you have questions or concerns related to technology access, please email us as soon as possible.

ASL Communication is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.2 CEUs per workshop at the “little/none” Content Knowledge Level.

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