Schedule

Thursday, April 20th

10:00a-2:00p – Service Workday at Thompson Hall Deaf Club

Come share some elbow grease! Join the local signing community for a spring-cleaning workday at Thompson Hall (1824 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55104) on Thursday, April 20th from 10a – 2p. We will be painting, deep cleaning, and doing grounds work (and anything else that needs doing).

Join us? Sign-up to give back here.

Friday, April 21st

5:00p – 7:00p – Registration

5:00p-7:00p – Sponsor Table Visits

7:00p–9:00p – MDS Fundraising Event [.2 CEU]

* Bring your piggy bank! We are raising monies for the Metro School for the Deaf. We will be asking for donations to assist MDS in equipping each of their middle schoolers with a Chromebook. We can equip all of them for just $11,500.00. Help us? Donate now (go to registration options and select the donation option).

In exchange for your support, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy the lush, visual storytelling of Patrick Fischer. His original combination of Sign Mime (also known as Cinematic ASL) and “theatre through Deaf eyes” techniques creates a world rich in emotion, action, humor and sheer ASL mastery.

Saturday, April 22nd

7:00a–7:00p – Registration

8:00a-6:00p – Sponsor Table Visits

8:30a-12:00p – Main Session [.35 CEU]

Attendees will be addressed by 4 of the featured presenters in a TED-style session of 20-minute presentations. These presentations are designed to give participants insight into the ideas that will be examined in the afternoon’s concurrent sessions. Each presenter will engage in a 15-minute period of question/answer with the audience following their presentation. (Also see workshop descriptions below.)

Presentations:

Dawn Wessling: Language Shaming: Impacts and Implications for Sign Language Interpreters

Kierstin Muroski: The Importance of Cultural Capital for Sign Language Interpreters

Tom Holcomb: Sign Language Interpreting: Engaging the Disengaged & Empowering the Disempowered

Erica West Oyedele: Exploring Liberation and the Decolonization of Sign Language Interpreting

12:00p-1:30p – Lunch

(On your own)

1:30p-3:00p | 3:30p-5:00p – Concurrent Sessions [.15 CEU]

Dawn Wessling & Suzanne Ehrlich:

Sign Language Interpreting: The Costs and Implications of Language Shaming

This workshop will explore personal identities and how they relate to the concept of language shaming and its impact on attitudes and acceptance.

Kierstin Muroski:

The Impact of Cultural Capital on the Field of Sign Language Interpretation

Participants will be introduced to the concept of cultural capital and its impact and potential on the field of ASL/English Interpretation

Tom Holcomb:

Strategic Empowerment: An Engagement Model for Sign Language Interpreting

Participants will be encouraged to think out of the box and explore strategies to better engage and empower Deaf people in the interpreting process.

Erica West Oyedele:

Digging Deeper: Deconstructing Bias in Sign Language Interpreting

Erica sheds light on the experiences of marginalized students in interpreter education programs and challenges educators and practitioners to rethink how we achieve diversity in our field.

5:00p-7:00p – Dinner

(On your own)

7:00p-9:00p – ChangeMaker [.2 CEU]

Doug Bowen-Bailey:

Change Makers: Putting Theory into Practice for Sign Language Interpreters

This session will provide a reflective framework for the concepts shared in the day’s Main Session presentations and connect them to the interpreting field’s efforts to embrace an identity as a practice profession.

Sunday, April 23rd

7:00a–1:00p – Registration

8:00a-5:30p – Sponsor Table Visits

8:30a-12:00a – Main Session [.35 CEU]

Attendees will be addressed by 4 of the featured presenters in a TED-style session of 20-minute presentations. These presentations are designed to give participants insight into the ideas that will be examined in the afternoon’s concurrent sessions. Each presenter will engage in a 15-minute period of question/answer with the audience following their presentation. (Also see workshop descriptions below.)

Presentations:

Sarah Hafer: Sign Language Interpreters: Recognizing Your Place in the Deaf Community

Billy Kendrick: No One’s a Prodigy! Deliberate Practice and Sign Language Interpreting

Cindy Volk: First Do No Harm: Boundaries and Trust in Sign Language Interpreting

Bill Millios: Sign Language Interpreters: Identifying the Power of Conscious Vulnerability

12:00p-1:30p – Lunch

(On your own)

1:30p-3:00p | 3:30p-5:00p  – Concurrent Sessions [.15 CEU]

Sarah Hafer:

How Many Sign Language Interpreters Does it Take to Create Change?

Explore how sign language interpreters’ decisions and actions impact the Deaf community, individual stakeholders, and the profession and create positive paths for change.

Billy Kendrick:

Deliberate Impact! Developing Sign Language Interpreting Excellence

What does our skill level communicate to the Deaf community? Becoming your best may take 10,000 hours, we better get started.

Cindy Volk:

Do No Harm: An Ethical Outcomes Approach in Sign Language Interpreting

Applying an outcomes-based approach to interpreting scenarios given the guiding principle of “do no harm”.

Bill Millios:

Conscious Vulnerability: An Important Consideration for the Practicing Sign Language Interpreter

Workshop participants will explore the concept of conscious vulnerability as individuals and how it relates to their work as sign language interpreters.

5:15p-5:45p – The Takeaway [.05 CEU]

A review and synthesis of the powerful ideas examined and insight shared throughout the weekend.

Presenter: Brandon Arthur & Jean Miller