Erica West Oyedele, MA, NIC, has interpreted professionally since 2004, working primarily as an independent contractor in government, business and medical settings. She completed her interpreter training at American River College in Sacramento, CA where she now works as an Adjunct Professor teaching on the topics of discourse, translation and social justice. In 2012 she returned to school and obtained her B.A. degree is in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies from California State University, Sacramento. In March of 2015, she received her Master’s in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University, where she completed research for her thesis titled, “Persistence of African American/Black Interpreters: The Importance of Culture and Capital”.
Erica has a history of giving back to the interpreting community. She has served the Sacramento Valley RID as Treasurer, Vice President, and President. She has also served twice as a committee member during RID Region V conferences (2008 & 2012), served as the Events Committee Chair for the NAOBI (National Alliance of Black Interpreters) conference (2010), was the Correspondence Secretary for NAOBI (2009-2010), and was Chair for RID’s Interpreters and Transliterators of Color member section for two terms (2011-2015). With over 10 years of volunteer service, she has presented leadership trainings for RID Affiliate Chapter boards in Northern California. She has also presented trainings on ethics in social media and continues to facilitate discussions on the topic of intersectionality and social justice within the field of interpreting and interpreter education.
Erica recognizes that RID Region V has a large geographical footprint that covers a diverse range of consumers and service providers. Erica’s passion for community building especially as it relates to bringing forward discourses from marginalized communities is a motivating factor in her service to Region V. She looks forward to serving as RID’s Region V Representative.