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August 2020 - At Conference of Interpreter Trainers, national conference, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, several of our ASLIS faculty were scheduled to present. Some of these presentations were moved to an online delivery due to COVID-19 and were scheduled to be carried out later in the year. Presentations included (names bolded of those connected to UNC): 

Dr. Barbara Garrett, Emily Girardin, and Whitney Weirick on The Current State of Interpreting Programs

Dr. Barbara Garrett, Lauri Krouse, Susan Brown, and Pauline Ballentine on Colorado Rural Interpreting Service Project: Certification Readiness Training. 

Kellie Stewart and Elita Hill on Mission Possible or Impossible? Racial Equity in the ITP

Schawn Hardesty and Kelly Decker on Climbing In: Equity, Inclusion and Representation in Legal Interpreter Education (Cultivating Legal Interpreters form Minority Backgrounds). 

Debra Russell, Amy Williamson, & Jen Hayes on Transforming Perspectives on Interpreting in K-12 Settings: Key Learnings from an Intervention Study. 

Christine Multra Kraft, Carla Shird, Valerie McMillian, Babetta Popoff, Erica West Oyedele, and Amy Williamson on Mentoring Special Populations: Seeking the Essential Elements


July 2019- Dr. Barbara Garrett and Emily Girardin collaborated on presenting Results of ASL Expressive Competency Research and Its Implications for Interpreters Working in Education at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, national conference, July 2019, in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Garrett, B. D. & Girardin, E. G. (2019, July). Results of ASL expressive competency research and its implications for interpreters working in education. Paper presented at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Providence, Rhode Island.

Read more about this presentation on the RID website. 

 July 2019 – Susan Brown presented at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Conference on the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) Professional Guidelines for Interpreting in Educational Settings  (2019). Susan is the immediate past president of NAIE and continues to present and promote the National Guidelines to interpreters and stakeholders within educational settings.

The launching of the NAIE in 2016, and the development of the National Guidelines was a direct result of an investigation on patterns of practice in educational interpreting conducted by the ASLIS department (2010-2014) and supported by an OSEP grant. 

Read more about this presentation on the RID website.



November 2018- Kellie Stewart presents at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers titled: To Accept or Decline the Assignment: Results from an Early Research Study in Sign Language Interpreter Ethical Decision-Making

When interpreters make the single decision whether to accept or decline an interpreting assignment, the potential for a successful and effective interpreted interaction rests in part on the practitioner's understanding of ethics, an honest self-assessment of skills, knowledge of the deaf consumer's language and interpreting needs, etc.; yet, little is understood regarding the ways in which interpreters rationalize and make those decisions. Using a qualitative approach, the purpose of this pilot study was to explore the ways in which interpreters working within for-profit interpreter referral businesses think about and rationalize the decision to accept or decline an interpreting assignment. The findings and implications of this early research project has important implications for practitioners and interpreter educators, as well as, for those who hire interpreters, and for d/Deaf people who are most affected by these decisions.

November 2018- Dr. Barbara Garrett and Emily Girardin were invited to present at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, in November 2018.  This provided them the opportunity to begin conversations with interpreter educators to further the discussion and consider how we can be part of the resolution of this issue presented in their paper. 

Garrett, B. D. & Girardin, E. G. (2018, November).Comparing the ASL competency of applicants: Readiness for 4-year ASL English interpretation program entry. Paper presented at the international conference of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Read more about the presentation in the conference proceedings.