Justice Reasoning: How Our Ethical Discourse Counters Our Ethical Claims presented by Robyn Dean

  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom (Virtual)


  • Non VRID Member

Registration is closed

Northern Virginia Community College &

VDOE Educational Interpreter Grant

in conjunction with VRID present

Justice Reasoning: How Our Ethical Discourse Counters Our Ethical Claims

Presented by Robyn Dean, PhD

Date: Saturday, February, 2021

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

0.4 RID PPO CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location: ZOOM


Cost:  VRID Members - $30.00

          VRID Non-Members - $40.00

          VDOE Grant Participants - $FREE with code

Registration: If you are a grant participant or student you will be asked to obtain a code to register at no cost: mspollack@fcps.edu

Workshop Description: Since its beginning, the sign language interpreting profession has made moral and justice claims as its raison d’etre. That is, interpreters are there to provide access to deaf people. Interpreters also claim to make decisions that are referred to as empowering the Deaf person. Further, interpreters claim to be allies, and of recent distinction, is the focus on social justice. However, when comparing some of these claims and the ethical content material of the interpreting profession with those of other service-based professions and the philosophies of justice-reasoning, the sign language interpreting profession falls short. It arguably falls short in part due the insufficient ethical constructs used in community interpreting.

This workshop explores the nature of ethical discourse in the field and problematizes the use of tools and devices that are not used in other professional fields. Alternate frameworks based in values are further explored.

Presenter Biographies: Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT. PhD

Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT, PhD: Robyn has been a nationally certified signed language interpreter for over thirty years with particular service in the field of healthcare. Her scholarship in decision-making and ethics in community interpreting is recognized internationally. Robyn has over twenty publications, all of which focus on the theoretical and pedagogical frameworks used to advance the practice of community interpreters. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is the lead instructor on the institute’s postgraduate degree in healthcare interpretation. Robyn also teaches on postgraduate degrees designed for signed language interpreters in Europe.

Contact:         Paula Debes Reece                  Marla Pollack

703-232-3192                         571-982-1504

                        preece@nvcc.edu                     mspollack@fcps.edu

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