Proposed 2019 Conference Motions

Here are the proposed motions submitted for consideration for the 2019 RID National Conference.

To see proposed bylaws amendments submitted for the 2019 RID National Conference, click HERE.

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Motion P – Rendering Motion 2005.15 Moot

Moved by: Certification Committee
Motion text: Board Motion 2005.15, which bars RID agents from standing for any RID/NAD certification tests during employment and for a period of one year after employment had ended, shall be rendered moot. By extension, Board Motion 2009.12, which created an exception to Board Motion 2005.15 for RID agents to take deactivated tests within psychometric standards and no more than one year after the deactivation of those tests, shall be rendered moot.

Motion in ASL

Rationale:

Text of Board Motion 2005.15 for reference:

“To accept the Certification Council recommendation CC 2004.02 Policy Against RID Agents and Testing. That agents of the RID including, but not limited to Local Test Administrators (LTAs), Site Coordinators, Raters, Certification Council Members, Task Force Committee Members, National Office Staff and the Board of Directors shall not be permitted to stand for any RID/NAD certification tests. Persons who previously served as agents of the RID Inc. shall wait a minimum of one year before they can be eligible to stand for any RID/NAD exam.“

Board Motion 2005.15 was offered at the Board meeting on 01APR2005 and was passed.  This motion accepted the Certification Council recommendation CC 2004.02.

The current Certification Committee (2019-2021, Chair Daniel Maffia) now recommends this motion be made moot to reflect the changes in governance conditions that divests testing to CASLI.   

According to the FY16 Annual Report, “As of July 1, 2016, the test development, maintenance, and delivery functions of RID are managed and administered through its subsidiary LLC, the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI).” RID no longer proctors or handles certification exams, therefore, its agents no longer have a conflict of interest in standing for exams.

The motion was originally passed with the intention of preventing those staff handling RID tests from receiving inside information about testing and using it for personal gain, against CPC Tenet 3.8. There are no such agents in a position to take similar liberties at this time, nor can there be in the future due to organizational changes that have taken place since 2005, including the separation of CASLI, LLC.

The Board and the membership of RID have continuously emphasized the need for Subject Matter Experts in the operation of our organization. By allowing current RID agents and staff to become certified, RID can promote the development of SMEs from within the organization. RID has benefitted in the past from having certified interpreters on staff, but currently has none. It is necessary for RID to provide this type of professional development in order to improve services to the membership and the community.

Prohibition from testing is a disincentive for people to serve as Board members, especially for those Deaf members who would want to take a certification exam once available.  

Text of Board Motion 2009.12 for reference:

“To accept the revision to the agents of RID testing policy to allow, within psychometric standards, testing of agents of RID who were prevented from testing by virtue of their positions for tests deactivated by RID.”

Board Motion 2009.12 was offered at the Board meeting held 25MAR2009 through 29MAR2009 and was passed.  This motion used Board Motion 2005.15 as a logical foundation. If Board Motion 2005.15 is rendered moot, then Board Motion 2009.12 will, by extension, be rendered moot.  

The current Certification Committee (2019-2012, Chair Daniel Maffia) recommends that this motion be made moot.

There are currently no tests that were deactivated less than a year ago.

As RID and its agents have been severed from the testing process, now housed by CASLI, there is no anticipated future need to consider an allowance for RID agents to take deactivated RID tests as no conflicts of interest, real or perceived, will exist.  

This motion should be voted on at the national conference since this specifically impacts the members of the Board and a national conference motion and vote will bypass any potential conflicts of interest.

Estimated Fiscal Impact:

Potential increase in revenues.  An estimate of 20% of the current staff of RID would be impacted by this motion and would be able to pay membership and certification fees.  An unknown number of additional agents would also be similarly impacted.

This change is a policy impact change and will require no change to the bylaws, headquarters procedures, fiscal processes, or RID’s platforms. There is no funding requirement to render Board Motion 2005.15 and Board Motion 2009.12 moot.

Board of Directors Response TBD
Headquarters Response

No negative financial impact.

While RID no longer proctors exams, test results do come into the RID database. The new exam procedures (the exams becoming available in January of 2020 on CASLI’s new test delivery platform) have not yet been finalized.  We propose that an ongoing audit of procedures and data reliability between RID and CASLI that will include regular, and transparent reconciliation be implemented. This will address any concerns that were the cause of the original motion.

RID HQ supports this motion pending an amendment to include the implementation of regular data audit and risk management procedures, and that these be applied to the new exams.

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Motion Q– Defining Interpreting

Moved by: Betty Colonomos SECONDED BY: Kelly Decker
Motion text: We move that the RID adopt and publish the following definition of interpreting: “Interpreting is the act of conveying meaning between people who use signed and/or spoken languages.”

Motion in ASL

Rationale:

1) This broader statement will allow Deaf interpreters and Trilingual/Multilingual Interpreters to be included in the definition of interpreting.

2) Throughout RID’s history our work has been characterized by linguistic forms, settings, and other aspects of the interpreting task. We need to clearly state that the work of an interpreter involves cognitive and linguistic processes in order to derive and convey meaningful messages to and from our consumers. This motion will make clear that the primary goal of interpreting is that communication occur.

Estimated Fiscal Impact: The adoption of this definition may require some RID Headquarters staff time to update the website.
Board of Directors Response TBD
Headquarters Response No significant negative financial impact.
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Motion R – Community Feedback on Delegate System

Moved by: Jonathan Webb; Paul Glaser; Yakata Nichols; Kelly Decker; LaTanya Jones; Branton Stewart
Motion text: Move that the Board of Directors create and task a Committee to work in conjunction with the Directors, Headquarters Administration and Staff, Deaf Advisory Council, Diversity Council, Council of Elders and others deemed necessary to produce materials supporting member and Affiliate Chapter dialogue and discussion around the desire for, and feasibility of, a delegate system for the purpose of conducting biennial membership (convention) business. Furthermore, the Committee will resource RID Region Representatives to compile member and community feedback and sentiment on a delegate system, and then produce a report and associated recommendations to the membership before December 31, 2020.

Motion in ASL

Rationale:

The desire for a delegate system was again brought up by the membership during the strategic planning sessions that occurred at Salt Lake City, Utah at the 2017 LEAD Together Conference.

Membership dissatisfaction with our voting and decision-making process is growing.

The notion and implementation of a delegate system has been informally discussed amongst members, headquarters staff, and directors for years.

In the strategic recommendations that were pulled from the plenary session table discussions, there were multiple and repeated requests to move RID towards a delegate system.

At this same conference a motion was made to table all motions in order to include all membership in the decision making process. Membership dissatisfaction with our voting and decision-making process is growing.

RID Members have expressed the desire to identify more effective and equitable ways to include membership in decision making processes and voting.

Members who are unable to afford the costs of participating in the conference would be able to make their views known.

Members who have marginalized identities, which often impacts affordability and comfortability in the conference, would be able to make their views known.

If a delegate system is what is born from this work, members would potentially be and remain informed of relative politics due to proximity of delegates.

Estimated Fiscal Impact: We believe that while there may be fiscal impact if a delegate system is voted upon and implemented by the membership, that the current motion bears negligible fiscal impact to RID other than the facilitation of platforms for meetings and gathering feedback. Ultimately, the largest financial impact to be experienced would be by the committee members who will ultimately sacrifice personal time, energy, and resources in ensuring they have comprehensive feedback needed in order to provide appropriate recommendations.
Board of Directors Response: TBD
Headquarters Response:

No financial impact on HQ for virtual committee meetings. Face-to-face meetings can have an impact, small or large, depending on the size of the committee and location of committee members.

Support setting up the Committee to spearhead this work.

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Motion S – Community Feedback on changing BOD structure

Moved by: Jonathan Webb; Paul Glaser; Yakata Nichols; Kelly Decker; LaTanya Jones; Branton Stewart
Motion text: Move that the Board of Directors task a Committee to work in conjunction with the Directors, CEO, Deaf Advisory Council, Diversity Council, Council of Elders and others deemed necessary to produce materials supporting member and Affiliate Chapter dialogue and discussion around the desire for, and feasibility of, changing the makeup of the RID Board of Directors to more accurately reflect the contemporary needs and future stability of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Furthermore, the Committee will resource RID Region Representatives and Member Section leadership to compile member and community feedback and sentiment on possible changes to Board of Director makeup, and then produce a report and associated recommendations due to the membership before December 31, 2020.

Motion in ASL

Rationale:

“The desire to look at and consider make-up of RID Board of Directors was again brought up by the membership during the strategic planning sessions that occurred at Salt Lake City, Utah at the 2017 LEAD Together Conference.

Members are increasingly discussing the nature of the problematic makeup of the RID Board and the represented constituencies being served.

The notion of reconsidering board makeup has been informally discussed amongst members, headquarters staff, and directors for years.

In the strategic recommendations that were pulled from the plenary session table discussions, there contained requests to move RID towards a Board that was more reflective of a shifting societal paradigm around equity and inclusion.

Historically, some positions on the board were created in reaction to board decisions. Those positions may no longer be needed, may need to be reimagined, or may need to be further bolstered in order to ensure all levels of leadership maintain fidelity to our Philosophy, Mission, Goals, and Diversity Statement.

As many non-profits and for-profits do, RID has experienced highs and lows in both its financial health and membership involvement. For RID this can be treacherous territory as most directors are not trained in business management and organizational psychology, and if they are, it is through a typically and singular Western Euro-Centric lens.

Members are seeking a board that not only represents the membership with expertise, but does so in an inclusive and equitable manner.

Ensuring we have directors who understand the lifecycle and organizational psychology of member-driven organizations promotes a more effective and politically powerful organization.

Ensuring we have directors that truly represent our constituencies supports having member concerns not only heard but understood, and promotes a better informed membership engaged in decision making processes.

Ensuring we have directors that truly represent marginalized members enables RID to engage in more inclusive and equitable practices.”

Estimated Fiscal Impact: We believe that while there may be fiscal impact if the number of directors increases, decreases, or shifts in another fundamental way, that the current motion bears negligible fiscal impact to RID other than the facilitation of platforms for meetings and gathering feedback. Ultimately, the largest financial impact to be experienced would be by the committee members who will ultimately sacrifice personal time, energy, and resources in ensuring they have comprehensive feedback needed in order to provide appropriate recommendations
Board of Directors Response: TBD
Headquarters Response: HQ agrees with the assessed fiscal impact and supports this motion.
Member Section Response:

The Deaf-parented Interpreter member section council supports this motion, as we recognize the need for reevaluating our leadership structure to ensure it best represents our organization moving forward.

[Responses from other member sections pending]