Working with GLBTQI Consumers: Exploring the Interpreting Process Through a Social Justice Lens

  • 15 Aug 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Working with GLBTQI Consumers:

Exploring the Interpreting Process Through a Social Justice Lens

August 15, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

Dr. Tamar Jackson Nelson

Presented through ZOOM

0.3 PPO CEUs

Ever wonder if there is a sign for Intersex? The goal of this workshop is not merely to provide “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and/or Intersex (GLBTQI) 101” information. We provide a framework for evaluating our interpreting and professionalism as interpreters within marginalized communities. The focus is diversity, equity and inclusion in each interpreting scenario. This workshop shares research involving people who identify as Deaf, deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) and GLBTQI. The focus is diversity in language and culture within the D/HH and GLBTQI communities. Participants will examine video clips of D/HH GLBTQI individuals, analyzing how vocabulary and language choices can impact interpreters (as well as consumer/clients) striving to produce dynamically equivalent and sensitive interpreting services. Participants will realize the possible impact of their language choice(s) when linked with personal identity. Activities will be utilized throughout the workshop to assist participants in gaining a broader understanding of marginalized identities through exploring how GLBTQI individuals are impacted by heteronormative culture. Through a social justice lens, we will explore cultural norms related to gender and sexual orientation, which will allow participants to better perceive the impact of privilege when working in the D/HH or other marginalized communities. All are welcome to attend!

This workshop is presented in ASL

Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

Presenter Bio

Tamar Jackson Nelson, PhD, NIC Master, CI & CT, is an ASL Interpreter/Mentor/Educator who graduated from Gallaudet University’s doctoral program in Interpretation with a focus on pedagogy and research. Her research investigated the impact of preparation on interpretation. Dr. Nelson is proud to have been in the second cohort of graduates from this unique program. She has had the pleasure and privilege of teaching diverse interpreting courses in various postsecondary settings, including Gallaudet University, Saint Paul College, and Troy University and has presented on numerous topics, including interpreter omissions, processing time, medical interpreting, and LGBTQI consumers at conferences for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Dr. Nelson has worked as a mentor, educator, and community interpreter, including emergency on-call work and video relay service interpreting over the past twenty years in California, the Metro Washington DC Area and the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and provides interpreting services in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Nelson is dedicated to the development of the interpreting profession and to cultivating respect of the interpreting profession and the Deaf community among practitioners and consumers.



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