|As of September 2016, the MARIE Center's website is no longer maintained.|
The Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center was a resource center on interpreting and interpreter education housed in the University of Northern Colorado's Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies. MARIE proudly served eleven states within its region - Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. MARIE was funded by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) grant #H160A100007.
The MARIE Center worked with regional and national stakeholders to provide and sponsor activities that increased the number and quality of interpreters able to effectively interpret for consumers of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Two settings were of particular focus for MARIE: 1) interpreters who worked in settings where VR clients were served and 2) interpreters who worked in legal settings. MARIE was also committed to increasing the Deaf Community’s ability to effectively obtain and utilize interpreters through the provision of peer-based, self-advocacy training.
MARIE collaborated with five other RSA-funded Centers across the United States which collectively created the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). The Consortium worked to build and strengthen partner networks with interpreter education programs, practitioners, educators, and consumers locally, regionally and nationally.