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Cultural Diversity: Discussed through the Lens of Black Females

  • 25 Sep 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Black background with white lettering. Cultural Diversity: Discussed through the eyes of Black Females. Headshots of two black women, the presenters for this workshop.

This is a donation supported event. Suggested donation is $20. You will receive a link to donate with your registration confirmation. Please donate as you are able.

Cultural diversity has been a hot topic and has initiated discussions regarding discrimination and oppression experienced by marginalized groups. As interpreters, we are in constant contact with members of these groups. Therefore, it is imperative to recognize and respect various cultures. This workshop will provide an overview of intentional or unintentional forms of discrimination and oppression including micro-aggression, gaslighting, and stereotypes experienced by marginalized groups.

The participants will be able to:

  • Participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of the importance of cultural diversity and how their biases and prejudices impact clients, other interpreters, and our profession as a whole. Participants will be encouraged to engage in discussion about their own experiences in this safe space. Participants will also explore multiple tools that can be utilized to help promote cultural understanding and diversity within the field.

Biographies: LaShawnda Lowe, MS, NIC, QMHI, is a freelance interpreter in Alabama. Her interpreting experience includes mental health, K-12, post-secondary, medical, and VRS. LaShawnda received a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language/Interpreting from Valdosta State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She completed her clinical internship with the Alabama Department of Mental Health Office of Deaf Services. She is currently involved in Project CLIMB (Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds). LaShawnda has an interest in presenting and looks forward to exploring those opportunities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.

Jasmine Lowe is a community interpreter for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in Georgia. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. She has her NIC as well as her Qualified Mental Health Interpreting (QMHI) credential. She has worked in a variety of settings such as K-12, behavioral health, political, VRS, and post-secondary. Jasmine is currently serving as the President for NAOBI-ATL. She enjoys mentoring as well as being able to work and attend workshops with her mom and sister. Jasmine enjoys being a mom to her nine-year-old son, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and working out.

DeafBlind Accommodations: Please email accommodation requests by September 10th.

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 at the “little/none” Content Knowledge Level.

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