06oct6:00 pm8:00 pmSo You Wanna Talk About Difference? - Language and Oppression0.2 PPO6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CT Virtual Workshop - Zoom
(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CT
Virtual Workshop - Zoom
English with ASL Interpretation
$20.00 for all registrants
All workshop registrations are final. No refunds.
ASLIS is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for a total of 0.2 PPO CEUs at Some Content Knowledge Level.
Perceived privilege and power inform communication
Perceived privilege and power inform communication and too often result in acts of microaggression, oppression-barriers to effective communication and subsequently cause inequities in inclusion. This workshop is an opportunity for interpreters seeking to further explore the systemic nature of Power, Privilege and Oppression by examining the role of language in manifesting and perpetuating the oppression they or others experience. Although rooted in racism, these Powers are exercised across the intersections of age, ability, gender, identities and encompasses all fears.
1. Explore various ways in which power and resulting microaggressions and or oppression is embedded and sometimes masked in language.
2. Examine how language has oppressive power.
3. Social constructions such as attitudes, values have a distinct role in this dynamic.
4. How these power dynamics effect relationships with clients and colleagues.
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:
1. Define oppressive language.
2. Identify oppressive language in everyday language.
3. Identify connections between shaped attitudes and “powerism” in language.
4. Discuss ways in which language manifests and perpetuates oppression.
5. Engage in discussion around how these communication berries undoubtedly effect one’s ability to engage in meaningful, restorative dialog that address PPO issues.
6. Discuss strategies to mitigate embedded powerisms in everyday language.
Lisa L. Weems is a Certified Member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) practicing in the DC-MD-VA region. Lisa has practiced for more than 25 years in the field of Sign Language Interpreting and hold three National Certifications – Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT) and National Interpreter Certification (NIC).
She is an experienced professional ASL Interpreter/Transliterator with an extensive background in settings spanning from public access to highly specific, in addition to extensive project experience extending from concept to implementation and leadership. Over the past 15 years, her professional focus has broadened toward mentoring, education and training, program development and oversight, outreach, social justice and diversity and inclusion. She is currently working toward completing a Master of Arts Degree in Interpreter Studies (Pedagogy) at Western Oregon University which will give didactic foundation to an experiential aggregate of program development extending from concept to implementation and management. She has a comprehensive accumulation of experience and education, and a wealth of cultural knowledge informing her ability to navigate diverse settings.
Her active involvement in RID, the Potomac Chapter of RID (PCRID) and the National Alliance of Black Interpreters (both the national [NAOBI, Inc] and the local level [NAOBI-DC]) has presented a wealth of leadership opportunities. She has served as President (NAOBI-DC), Conference Chair and Professional Development Chair (PCRID) Restructuring Committee Chair (NAOBI, INC), By-Laws Committee Chair (NAOBI-DC) and Conference Facilitator (RID) and currently serves on the Professional Development Committee, and the Diversity Council for RID. She was recently granted a leadership role within RID; oversight of the development of a webinar series that will present education on topics under the umbrella of Diversity and Inclusion.
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