Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

DEI Audit Committee

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

"The Board members of WSIRD are committed to action that will promote and ensure equity and inclusion of all diverse people, and we know this is not possible until we can ensure that 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."  Equity Commitment Statement

DEI Audit Committee: Franki Thornton & Claudia Kienholz

Board Liaison: Shanta Corra

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Mae Sellers, a non-binary queer Deaf person, wearing a black shirt and black glasses, with dark short hair, sideburns, and a labret piercing, explains the new WSRID 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 linked here.

DEI Documents

  • Ritchie Bryant Report  "This report serves as a guideline for WSRID to review and adjust its bylaws for inclusive language, make changes to its organizational structures to be inclusive of current and future members, and decide which direction the organization wants to go."- Ritchie Bryant, 2020
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