To all of the fabulous interpreters in our community,
Happy Interpreter Appreciation Day! We are thankful for your dedication to your work and the communities you serve.
Have a wonderful day,
WSRID Board <3
Hello WSRID Members!
I am conducting a research project about Legal Interpreting as part of my senior year at UNH-Manchester, New Hampshire.
Whether you love or hate legal work, please take a little time ASAP to fill out the survey (link below). By doing so you will help Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens get access to justice (by deepening understanding of resistance to the specialty and contributing to making legal training more approachable).
Thanks in advance!
~ Polly Lorien
p.s. The survey will expire Nov. 22
Legal Interpreting Survey
Polly Lorien's senior Research Project: Collecting data on in-court legal interpreting.
WSRID’s 2021 Annual Meeting will be held online Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00am–12:00pm.
As announced in February, based on feedback from members and a discussion with WSAD, we will not be hosting a conference this year but we are planning to host a joint conference with WSAD in 2023. We are still eager to connect with you during our online Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 23rd this year!
For WSRID to be effective, the board and members must work together. The responsibility of the board is to coordinate the activities of WSRID to ensure that what we do supports our purpose and mission, while fulfilling legal and contractual obligations. The responsibility of members is to be engaged with the profession, with the communities we serve, and with your professional organization in ways that are meaningful.
The Nominations/Elections/Referenda Committee is asking you to stop and think. Look back. Look ahead. Look around. Ask yourself four questions:
All nominations and motions for this year must be submitted by Monday, September 6, 2021 to the Nominations Committee.
We’re eager to work with you ~ Together we can thrive!
This year, elections will be held electronically.
There will be seven WSRID positions open for the upcoming 2 year term (January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023). Positions, roles and responsibilities are listed below.
To nominate a colleague for a position on the Board, please email the name to the Nominations Committee by Monday, September 6, 2021
The Vice President must be a Certified member of WSRID in good standing for at least the past two consecutive years. The Student Director requirements are listed below. All other candidates must be voting members of WSRID (Certified or Associate) in good standing for at least the past two consecutive years.
WSRID Board Directors: [2-year term]
WSRID Vice President: [2-year term]
WSRID Treasurer: [2-year term]
WSRID Deaf/DB Community Representative: [2-year term]
WSRID Student Director: [1-year term]
Qualifications for Student Director:
Qualifications for Student Director:
The Judie Husted Member of the Year Award is presented to a WSRID member who reflects the character traits and commitment to our organization as displayed by the award's namesake. Those traits include dedication, mentoring, service, and involvement to better our organization and support colleagues.
The Theresa B. Smith Distinguished Service Award is an award WSRID gives to express its deep appreciation for dedication, inspiration, and vision, as well as many other contributions to the organization and the profession. Named after Theresa B. Smith, CSC, PhD has served WSRID as an active member since WSRID’s founding in 1968, serving as board member, mentor, and conscience of the organization.
Please submit name and reasons why you support this person receiving this award to the Nominations Committee.
Learn more about these awards and past recipients.
Do you have a proposal, or an idea for a proposal, for how WSRID can improve?
We want to know! All motions brought to membership for vote will need:
The Nominations/Elections/Referenda Committee can help you prepare and format your motion if needed. Please send motions, questions, ideas to the Nominations Committee.
The N/E/R Committee is responsible for doing the work that involves members in the democratic process to ensure that WSRID represents and serves the best interests of our members, our communities, and our profession.
What does that mean? Between now and the end of 2021, the committee will:
Do you want to see WSRID thrive for years to come? Are you able to commit a few hours per month (give or take) during the next 6 months? Do you miss the opportunity to work with colleagues, doing something that will have a lasting impact? Do you have questions? Email Nominations Committee.
Hello WSRID Members,
I am WSRID Board member Claudia Kienholz (CK). In June, the RID board members announced their resignations one after the other. We, your WSRID board members were rocked by this. It’s taken us some time to over the past month to gather our thoughts and prepare our message to you all about this situation and our ongoing commitment to our work. We have prepared two letters, both of which can be found online at WSRID.com.
The first letter below is an open letter to the board of RID, and the second is a letter to you, our WSRID and community members. The letters are available to read or to watch in ASL. The videos aren’t short, but we felt it important to convey our message fully and clearly. You’ll notice a round robin between some of the board members. We tried to keep it brief, but that felt superficial and audist. So instead, we give you our heart.
We hope you’ll read and/or watch if you have the time. We also hope that you will work with us and join us in reaffirming our commitments to the future of WSRID.
July 15, 2021
To the current RID Board, we send our heartfelt gratitude, our sincerest apologies, and our commitment to do better.
We know that serving in these roles is not easy. We know that doing this work requires sacrifice, courage, and perseverance. So first, let us say thank you. Thank you for your willingness to take on such hard work. Thank you for representing the people in our profession and in our communities, many of whom have been marginalized by society and our field for far too long. Thank you for leading fearlessly and showing us what we are all capable of. Thank you for donating countless hours, often giving up paid assignments or time with your loved ones, to do this work. Thank you for being vulnerable, for having hard conversations, and for being willing to unpack bias and call out oppression.
To those of you who have endured personal attacks, bullying and harassment, and who have been the targets of ugly racist agendas, we recognize that as a member driven organization, we have failed you. We did not do enough to support you in your time on the board, and we did not do enough to interrupt these attacks when they began. Although we know this comes too late, we want you to know that we have always been rooting for you. You gave us hope and you inspired us in our work as affiliate chapter members.
We commend you for the work you have done, and although we are devastated to see you go, we support your decision to resign. We hope that you will be able to prioritize your health and safety moving forward.
Our affiliate chapter will continue our anti-racism, anti-audism, and anti-ableism work, and it is our sincere hope that all of the members of RID will work harder to embrace diversity and recognize the talents and positive transformations that come with it. WSRID will continue pushing to raise the bar and to hold ourselves accountable. We are on a path of change and although we may continue to slip or falter, we won’t stop.
Washington State RID Board of Directors
Anna Mansell Karagiannis
As you are all by now aware, last month marked the resignation of the entire RID Board of Directors. One by one, these announcements came after months of personal attacks, racist comments, public harassment, bullying, and more. August 31st will mark the end of their terms.
Although we know this sentiment may be too late, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the individuals willing to volunteer their time and energy to take on the work of representing us at the national level, and while it pains us to see them go, we fully support their decisions to resign.
This group brought with them diverse backgrounds, talents, and experiences. They gave us hope for our profession. They inspired us in our work as affiliate chapter leaders, yet as an organization of 14,000 people, we collectively failed to support them in their roles as volunteer leaders of our parent organization. To say we weren’t paying attention is merely a reflection of our own privileges. To those who stood up, who called out what was happening, we thank you, and to those who didn’t, we hope this serves as a wake up call. Sadly, it comes at a great cost.
As a profession, as individuals, and as an organization, we have so much work to do. We will not be beholden to a racist, audist, ableist past. We do not and will not tolerate the perpetual -isms that infect our field and our society, and we will hold each other accountable when we fail. WE are all called to action to ensure that our profession and our communities thrive in a more just world. This call to action is not new, and it is not just necessary today. It is necessary everyday.
Last spring, the Board members of WSRID made a commitment to you. Today, we ask you to join us in reaffirming our commitments to all current and future members of WSRID and to the diverse communities we serve as sign language interpreters. WSRID will continue to prioritize anti-racism, anti-audism, and anti-ableism goals through our actions as individuals and in the functions of this organization. We ask each of you to consider how you can help impact change, and how we can work together to ensure that this profession is not beholden to its history of oppressive behaviors.
Our April 2020 Pledge:
We are committed to action that will promote and ensure equity of all diverse people, and we know this is not possible until we can ensure racism has no presence in our organization. We strive to work in partnership with organizations and individuals who share these same priorities, and we welcome the participation of all members in this process.
Our 2021 Pledge:
We commit to being agents of change, to hold ourselves accountable for our failures and shortsightedness, and to constantly work to create a world without white supremacy, racism, audism, and other systems of oppression. We strive to work in partnership with organizations and individuals who share these same priorities. We ask for the participation of our members in this work.
Below are a few of the ways we have begun our work. We don’t pretend to be perfect, but we know this work has to start somewhere.
If you would like to learn more about our efforts, have feedback, or want to get involved, please email any one of us through the Board Contact Us page.
In 2020, the board members of WSRID committed to the following actions:
We ask for your involvement, input, criticism, and support as we continue in this work.
Anna Mansell Karagiannis, WSRID President
And your 2021 WSRID Board of Directors
An Open Letter
July 6, 2021
(View this message in ASL)
Anna Mansell Karagiannis, WSRID President, a white woman with dark hair pulled up into a bun, wearing a blue shirt and black coat signs to the camera.
Welcome to this month’s E–Blast. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get an email out last month, but we have been busy planning and hosting several workshops, starting up monthly social meetings via zoom, planning the budget for next year, developing a new scholarship program for WSRID members, and more!
It’s been a busy couple of months, so let’s get caught up!
Anna Mansell Karagiannis
WSRID President 2021-2022
April’s board meeting brought with it some exciting changes related to our student membership dues for 2021 and our future scholarship offerings!
1. The board approved a motion to waive the student membership dues for the remainder of the calendar year 2021, and retroactively reimburse the students who have already joined.
2. The board accepted a motion to revise our current scholarship program. Rather than offering 9 scholarships a year for smaller increments, WSRID will offer a minimum of 4 scholarships per year to cover the total cost of performance exams for qualified applicants. The current scholarship offerings are still temporarily available, and we will be sharing more info about the new scholarships this summer via email and on our website.
Rationale: For many years the WSRID scholarships have been underutilized. In an effort to eliminate the barrier of cost for a few candidates, we have decided to raise the scholarship amount to cover the entire exam. When funds are available to do so, the Board may decide to award more than 4 scholarships in one year.
Thank you to the members who have joined us for our recent board meetings! We are enjoying meeting new people, and appreciate your participation. For those interested, our next board meeting will be on June 9th, 6pm-8:30pm. If you’d like to attend, click here to register.
After a very long “winter,” the WSRID board members are planning to enjoy a much anticipated summer break. We are taking a little time off to recharge our batteries, practice self-care, enjoy the weather and time outside with our families and loved ones, and prepare for fall work. Join us in August for our board meeting on 8/11/21.
WSRID Quarterly Report:
The WSRID Quarterly (Q3) Financial Report should be ready for members to view by the end of this month. It can be found by logging into the WSRID website and clicking on the "Member's Only" tab. From there, members can find past annual membership meeting minutes (which include financial reports), board meeting minutes (these are still being formatted for the web and are being upload as they become ready), and any other special reports members may be interested in.
Collaborating with peers to get things done that you care about is WAY more fun and interesting than you might think when you read “committee work." So much of our work as interpreters is isolating (much more so in the past year, but even pre-pandemic). Working with others toward a shared aim is a perfect antidote!
Sometimes a board can get caught up in doing the work it sees that needs to be done. While the intention is good, WSRID can be a much healthier and more effective organization when the thoughts, insights, experiences, and perspectives of many more people are included. That means... YOU! There are plenty of great opportunities to go around. This experience is too good not to share!
Some of the work we know we can offer:
Is there something else you want to make happen?
Look for more details in a separate email by the end of the month, or reach out now!
Contact info for committees is located on the committee page or email us below.
“Teamwork Makes Dreamwork” (AMK)
“We may not have it all together, but together we have it all" (CK)
Virtual Happy Hour
Education Interpreters Meet-Up
Wednesday, May 26th
6:30–7:30pm via Zoom
We will continue to host virtual social meet ups the last Wednesday of most months. The past two gatherings have been a great success! Thank you to those who attended! It has been fun to reconnect with old friends and meet new people all via video chat on Zoom.
Our next meet up will be on Wednesday, May 26th: “Educational Interpreter meet-up.”
Please check our website periodically for more info.
Info & Registration
Social & Racial Justice Series, Part 2
Saturday, June 5th
Presented by: Dr. Lissa Ramirez Stapleton
We are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Lissa Ramirez Stapleton for a two part social and racial justice series. The first part of this series was on Saturday, May 15th: “What’s really Going On? Social Justice Basics and Interpreting.” In case you missed it, you can still sign up for the second part on Saturday, June 5th: “Anti-Blackness in Interpreting: How it is Embodied and What it Means for Racial Justice.”
Save the Date!
WSRID Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, October 23rd
10am–Noon via Zoom
Information regarding elections, motions, and more coming in June! If you or someone you know has a great workshop to bring to WSRID, please let us know! We are now accepting workshop proposals for 2022! Proposals and questions can be sent to the WSRID president.
The Seattle Public Schools are working to compile a resource list of agencies, schools, community colleges, and colleges that offer ASL for credit or noncredit. This list will be shared with staff and families. If you know of a program that should be added to the list, please contact Ann Curry.
As an affiliate chapter member of Region V, you may be eligible for free or discounted registration at events being offered by other Region V affiliate chapters. Due to the constraints of COVID-19, many AC’s have moved to hosting trainings online, which make them more accessible for out-of-state interpreters than ever before.
Idaho RID Workshops:
Utah RID Workshops (LINK):
To check out our AC websites and learn more, visit RID Region V's webpage.
Nominations Announcement Video:
“The 2021-2024 Executive Board of Directors elections will open on Monday, May 3, 2021. All eligible voting members will receive an email from RID@simplyvoting.com, containing their elector ID and password to access their ballot. The elections period is open for two weeks from Monday, May 3 – Monday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST.”
2021 RID National Conference:
RID's National Conference, "Re-Orienting," will be held on Zoom, addressing audism and systemic oppression within the ASL interpreting field.
Registration will begin in early May 2021.
RID Biennial Membership Business Meeting:
The business meeting will be held on Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th during the national conference. There is still time to submit a motion that does not impact the bylaws. More info here.
That’s a wrap for this month! If you have announcements or news to share next month please email us!
We hope you are all enjoying the brighter days, blossoming trees, and blooming flowers that remind us spring is here. It feels good to say "Goodbye" to what felt like a very, very long winter, and "Hello" to a new season of change and growth.
Below you will find monthly committee reports, events, announcements and info sharing. Enjoy and stay well!
Wednesday April 14th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Register online to join us.
Agenda Topics: Upcoming workshops, DEI Committees progress/reports, FY 2022 Budget, Scholarship Revision, “Community Corner,” Policies & Procedure Review.
February Board Meeting Highlights: Thank you to the four members who joined us in February!
During the meeting we discussed revising our scholarships, reviewed proposals regarding annual workshop offerings, and enjoyed Paul Glaser sharing some of his highlights from serving as the Vice President of RID for the past two years.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Audit Committee is a new effort to gather together folks who value accountability, transparency and positive change in the interpreting community. The goal of this committee is to ensure that WSRID is effective and accountable to the communities that we serve. In order to accomplish that, the committee will first need to establish methods for tracking WSRID goals and actions relating to diversity, equity and inclusion, evaluating the effectiveness of those actions, as well as establishing a simple process for the community to bring its DEI concerns and feedback about WSRID as an organization to the attention of the board and its members. WSRID is committed to an annual share out with all WSRID stakeholders of the input we've received, the actions the board has taken, and the work that remains to be done.
The DEI Audit Committee is seeking a diverse body of individuals who are interested in helping WSRID with this work. Each of us has experience, skills and knowledge to share; if you are interested in joining this effort or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please respond to the short survey.
DEI Audit Committee:
WSRID and WSAD are seeking interested individuals to work on an Interpreter Licensure Bill. If you are interested in contributing to these efforts please contact Whitney Hill [Legislative Committee Coordinator] or Anna Mansell Karagiannis.
Virtual Social Hour
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
6:30–7:30 via Zoom
Hosted by: Kristin Deverin
“It’s been a YEAR! Interpreting in the Time of COVID”
We would love to connect! Join us for a virtual “happy hour” to catch up, check in, and hopefully share a laugh or two.
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Think Me Nuthing? Understanding the Uniqueness of the Black Deaf Community
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9am–Noon via Zoom
Hosted by: Ritchie Bryant
Workshop: Join us on Saturday for Ritchie Bryant’s workshop: “Think Me Nuthing?: Understanding the Uniqueness of the Black Deaf Community”
For more information about this event and to register, please click below.
Workshop Info & Registration
Short Play Festival 2021. Friday April 9th-Sunday April 11th, 2021. Featuring six new stories by Deaf playwrights from all over the United States. Tickets now available here. For more info visit Deaf Spotlight.
Sharing CIEP’s quarterly newsletter here. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter in the future, please email Jim House at DSHS.
Check out these upcoming events and workshops hosted by our region five affiliate chapter neighbors:
Where Should We Begin and Where Are We Going? A BIPOC panel discussion with members of the DHHDBDD LGBTQIA Community.
April 17, 11:00am-1:00pm
Interpreting During a Pandemic & Coping Skills
April 17th, 9:00am-11:00am
Free Mini Workshops being offered from Idaho RID.
RID Board nominations are open until April 1st:
Submit a Nomination
RID Annual Business Meetings will occur this summer: July 10th-11th during the national conference.
Dates for Motions:
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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Audit Committee is a new effort to gather together folks who value accountability, transparency and positive change in the interpreting community.
The goal of this committee is to ensure that WSRID is effective and accountable to the communities that we serve. In order to accomplish that, the committee will first need to establish methods for tracking WSRID goals and actions relating to diversity, equity and inclusion, evaluating the effectiveness of those actions, as well as establishing a simple process for the community to bring its DEI concerns and feedback about WSRID as an organization to the attention of the board and its members. WSRID is committed to an annual share out with all WSRID stakeholders of the input we've received, the actions the board has taken, and the work that remains to be done.
The DEI Audit Committee is seeking a diverse body of individuals who are interested in helping WSRID with this work. Each of us has experience, skills and knowledge to share; if you are interested in joining this effort or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please respond to the short survey linked here.
Kelly Brunson, Schawn Hardesty, Salwa Rosen
Anna Mansell Karagiannis, Rhesa Durgin, Claudia Kienholz
Transcript available under YouTube video description
Will discuss the recent town hall meeting, scholarships, FY22 budget considerations, action items, and review our policies and procedures manual. We also welcome our “community corner” guest, Paul Glaser, who will be representing RID.
If you are interested in these topics, or would like to address the board regarding another topic, please join us by registering online.
Link to our last meeting minutes – REPORTS *[Must be a member to access]
Bylaws Update for Members - ASL Video
During the Annual Meeting at the 2019 Conference, the bylaws committee shared our decision to prepare revised bylaws to present to the members, rather than recommend small amendments at every meeting. Several sections have conflicting language, some wording is unclear, and some is just out of date. We decided that we needed to look comprehensively at the whole document and work with membership to create a new set of bylaws that would better meet our needs. Our plan was to survey members about specific content areas, then draft revised bylaws to bring to the members for approval at the 2021 annual meeting.
Well... things change. Last fall, the board made a commitment to evaluate the organization and identify opportunities to better serve and support our diverse community. The foundational work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that we do over the next year or two will shape the organization and the bylaws that guide it. The bylaws committee will incorporate these changes into revised bylaws, which we expect will be ready for membership vote in 2022. We still want member input. We still plan to survey members in the future. And if you have any input or ideas now, if you want to review the bylaws and make recommendations, or if you want to be involved in drafting new bylaws - we'd love to know! Please contact the committee.
Thank you and we're looking forward to working with you!
(From Whitney Hill) The Legislative Committee held a Town Hall event on January 30. Thank you to WSRID Board for suggesting the idea and setting up tech and advertising. It was a big success. We probably had 15-20 participants there. The topics were: overall explanation of legislative process, petition for rule-making process, and contract advocacy, followed by an update on current bills that may impact Deaf community, and ending with discussion on potential for interpreter licensure bill. We will be hosting another meeting this summer. Stay tuned for more details.
If you are interested in joining a committee or supporting a specific goal or project, let us know. Current committee list/information can be found on the website.
Please note: the website has not been updated to include the DEI action plan committees, but that information will be posted and available soon.
On Saturday Feb 20th, the board hosted an informational meeting to share recommendations from Ritchie Bryant, of For Community, By Us, and our plans to incorporate those recommendations as we move forward, continuing to examine our organization through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. Our goal is to make long lasting changes to ensure that WSRID better represents and serves our diverse communities.
A big thank you to all who attended and who support this work. We extend further gratitude to the individuals who demonstrated courage by sharing their experiences with the group, despite the pain and discomfort it may have caused them to do so.
Throughout the meeting, and for the past several days following, the board has received tremendously valuable feedback from the participants. It is clear that we have work to do and we are excited to have more people involved to help move this forward. We are excited for the changes ahead.
If you were not able to attend the meeting, but want to know more, please reach out. We will continue to share information as we move along on this journey.
DEI Town Hall PPt
WSRID DEI Report & Recommendations (Ritchie Bryant, 2020) *[Must be a member to access]
“It’s been a YEAR — Interpreting in the time of COVID”
To say that our experiences related to work have changed dramatically over the past year would be an understatement. Although interpreters often work in isolated settings, in typical circumstances most of us still see each other in some capacity at job sites, in workshops, or at community events and gatherings. We would love to connect! Join us for a virtual “happy hour” to catch up, check in, and hopefully share a laugh or two. Bring your own bevvy.
Upcoming workshops and event information can be found online: wsrid.com.
After gathering feedback from members and discussing with WSAD, we have decided to postpone the 2021 conference. Due to the uncertain circumstances and restrictions related to COVID-19, we have accepted that there is no way to move forward with planning an in-person conference this year. Although we are disappointed, we look forward to hosting another joint conference in 2023 with WSAD.
If you are interested in getting involved with planning for 2023, please let us know ASAP.
Despite having to cancel the conference this year, we will still have our annual membership meeting in October. Please save the date for: Saturday, October 23, 2021. More info coming soon.
For more information about our activities and projects, please check us out online and on Facebook. If you have ideas or content to contribute to this monthly email, please get in touch!
The DeafBlind Service Center (DBSC) is seeking qualified individuals who are interested in becoming SSPs and will be hosting a virtual info session on Thursday, March 11th, 2021. From 4:00-4:30pm via Zoom. Please email Jessica Phillips to sign up and get the meeting link.
Board Meetings: RID values member engagement, and supports the importance to hold space during each meeting for member questions and concerns. Your participation is encouraged!
Board meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be the extended board meeting starting on Thursday, March 18th through Sunday, March 21st. Check your emails from RID for more info about how to register and get the agenda for this meeting.
RID's Video Interpreter Member Section (VIMS) is back!
Matt Salerno: VIMS Chair - ASL version
The new council is excited to announce our first virtual member section general meeting on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1PM PST/4PM EST. Please join us to share and discuss goals for 2021!
Pre-registration information available here.
That’s a wrap for this month!
Have something to share or want to give feedback?
Christine Nakahara, Taiwo Olopade, and Audrey Ramirez-Loudenback are conducting a research survey under Western Oregon University. They will be focusing on the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who are sign language interpreters. Their goal is to gather data to document the experiences of BIPOC interpreters in our field.
At the end of their study, they hope to disseminate the information to our field and provide a foundation for future research. If you identify as a BIPOC interpreter, they hope that you will consider participating by filling out their survey.
If there are other BIPOC interpreters who you know would be interested, please feel free to share the links below.
Thank you for your time and support.
Christine, Taiwo, and Audrey
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