Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

WSRID E–Blast March 2021

06 Apr 2021 9:33 AM | Elizabeth Bass Webmaster (Administrator)

March 2021



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!

Board Meetings

Next Board Meeting:

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.

Register Here

Committee Reports

DEI Audit Committee:

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:

  • Kelly Brunson
  • Schawn Hardesty
  • Salwa Rosen

Board Representatives:

  • Anna Mansell Karagiannis
  • Rhesa Durgin
  • Claudia Kienholz

Legislative 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.

Upcoming Events

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

Community Announcements

Deaf Spotlight Presents:

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.

Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Planning:

Sharing CIEP’s quarterly newsletter here. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter in the future, please email Jim House at DSHS.

Region V Announcements

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

Event Link


Interpreting During a Pandemic & Coping Skills
April 17th, 9:00am-11:00am

Event Link

Idaho RID: 

Free Mini Workshops being offered from Idaho RID.

To check out our AC websites and learn more, visit RID Region V's webpage.

RID Announcements

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:

  • Motions that impact the Bylaws must be received by April 5th.
  • Motions that do not impact the Bylaws must be received by May 5th.
  • Motions received after May 5th are considered “from the floor”.
  • Motions will be received and reviewed by the bylaws committee.

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