Hello, I’m Anna Witter-Merithew, and on behalf of RID HQ and the Board of Directors, I’d like to extend a personal invitation for small group facilitators.

We seek applications for 45-50 small group facilitators for the leadership track of the RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference. The leadership track format will alternate between plenary speakers, and small group discussion, activities and developing of recommendations. Facilitators will support a group of 9-10 members in applying the essential concepts from the plenary speakers to a series of discussion questions, as well as leading activities that will foster the ability of the small group to make strategic recommendations to the RID membership and Board of Directors.

The ideal small group facilitator applicant is someone with prior experience in group facilitation, mentoring, teaching and/or coaching, who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They should be comfortable facilitating groups in ASL, and have a passion for advancing relationships within the Deaf and interpreting communities. Facilitators will be responsible for fostering a collaborative, respectful and productive learning and sharing environment and balancing the group process with time limitations. They will be responsible for ensuring that strategic recommendations from the group are documented and submitted to conference organizers according to program design. The facilitators will track also attendance for CEU purposes.

A group of meta-facilitators will be floating during the small group sessions and will be available for consultation by the small group facilitators and the participants as needed. Small group composition will vary twice through the day—once in the morning and once in the afternoon. This will allow both facilitators and participants to work with the broadest group of leadership track participants possible.

Small group facilitators will be required to complete a facilitator training prior to the conference. A series of on-demand training modules will be available online in both English and ASL for a period of 6 weeks prior to the conference. The modules will acquaint facilitators with the conference content and structure, and strategies for use in guiding the discussion questions and activities. Individuals selected to be facilitators will be able to register for, and progress through the modules on their own time; however, all of the modules must be completed prior to the conference. It is estimated that completing the modules will take no longer than 8 hours. The individuals successfully completing the training modules will also be able to earn CEUs.

Serving as a facilitator is an excellent opportunity to offer volunteer leadership to the participants and conference. Facilitators will be participants of the conference, since all participants in the leadership track will be actively engaged and working. The difference is in the role they will execute. Facilitators will be eligible for CEUs for their participation. The conference registration fee of $425 will be waived for these individuals. Interested individuals should complete the application at the following link by January 15, 2017.

I hope that those of you who are qualified, and interested, will join me in helping to lead RID’s summer conference; we need passionate, involved individuals to help lead these groups to develop the vision and goals for the future of RID.


Thank you.



The application to become a facilitator is closed.