Conversation Series – Videos

These conversations include diverse perspectives—Deaf perspectives, Coda perspectives, BIPOC[1] perspectives, and more. Several of the people participating in these videos are immigrants, or first-generation Americans. Because they are talking with one another, you have access to rich insights you might not be exposed to if these individuals were talking with you directly. It is their relationships with one another and the communities in which they live that allow them to speak openly and frankly with one another—always with mutual respect and regard. If you have not yet watched the webinar, we strongly recommend you start with that as it includes a panel discussion and an introduction to the following six Conversation Series videos.

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Conversation 1: Su Kyong Isakson and Carla Shird

This is a discussion between a Deaf and a Coda interpreter that is focused on the unique experiences of BIPOC[1] interpreters who provide interpreting services to deaf individuals who are immigrants to the United States.


Conversation 2: Mark Morales and Rayni Plaster Torres

In this video, Rayni Plaster, CDI interviews a Deaf Interpreter, Mark Morales, who has extensive experience in interpreting for deaf individuals who immigrate to the United States, primarily from Mexico. Together, they explore the role of the interpreter and how it is adapted to accommodate the needs of deaf individuals who are not fluent in American Sign Language and/or exhibit atypical language use.


Conversation 3: Su Kyong Isakson and Kristina Marie Balao Miranda

In this video, two Coda interpreters of color, whose parents immigrated to the United States, discuss their unique interpreting experiences working within communities comprised largely of deaf immigrants. They focus on how heritage and identity play a significant role in their work as interpreters. As well, they discuss how norms and expectations of their heritage culture informs their decision-making as interpreters. 


Conversation 4: Monica Gallego and Rayni Plaster Torres

In this video, Rayni Plaster Torres, CDI interviews Monica Gallego, a certified trilingual interpreter who works extensively with deaf immigrants. Topics addressed include how to create a collaborative environment for interpreted interactions, assessing language  and communication access needs, strategies for utilizing the experiences of the Deaf Consumer with their family members as a source of insight and information, engaging with hearing consumers, the role of notetaking during consecutive interpreting and post-assignment, among other topics.


Conversation 5: Jennifer Harvey and Trenton Marsh

In this video, two certified interpreters—one Deaf and one Coda interpreter—discuss their experiences working with deaf consumers who exhibit atypical language use. The interpreters, Trenton Marsh and Jennifer Harvey, discuss the challenges of preparing interpreters to work with a diverse and complex community of language users and the need for more Deaf individuals to be recruited and prepared as interpreters.


Conversation 6: Samond Bishara and Michelle Draper 

Samond and Michelle, two certified interpreters, discuss their experiences working with deaf individuals who exhibit atypical language use with a specific focus on deaf children and deaf children who are part of immigrant families.

[1]The acronym BIPOC refers to Black, Indigenous, and people of color. People of color is a general umbrella term that collectively refers to ALL people of color — anyone who isn’t white. But because POC is so broad, it loses the specificity that is useful in identifying and addressing separate struggles faced by people of color with different ethnic backgrounds. BIPOC reflects the desire to draw attention to specific injustices impacting Black and Indigenous people—including those who are Deaf. https://www.healthline.com/health/bipoc-meaning#short-answer