Hello everyone, I’m LaTanya Jones, the RID Region I Representative. Guess where I’m reporting from? This is Salt Lake City, Utah – I’m here at the CIT (Conference of Interpreter Trainers) event. This is my first time here. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great people. I’ve been going to workshops taught by beautiful people who are covering some awesome topics. If you missed it, you should have come. I’m sorry for your loss. 🙂 You’ll have another opportunity to attend CIT in 2020, when the conference is held in Minnesota.
I wanted to share a few details about what has happened this week. M.J. Bienvenu was the keynote presenter. She talked about how changes needed to be made in how we teach aspiring interpreters in our ITP/IEP programs. She was an amazing presenter. We also had a Deaf plenary presenter, Patrice Creamer, from New York. The topic of her presentation was, “What Do We Have in Common?” It was really awesome.
We also had a Deaf endnote presenter, Thomas (Tom) Holcomb, Ph.D. His topic was “Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education with Deaf Eyes.” It was beautiful, interesting, and thought-provoking. Entertainment was provided by CJ Jones. The workshops were great, and the food was delicious.
Oh! I have to let you know about the award. This is a big one: the Mary Stotler Award. I am so proud to say that this year’s award winner is from my own Region I – Dr. Eileen Forestal! Congratulations to her! Dr. Forestal, I am proud to be your Region I Representative.
For the rest of you – I want all of you to put the CIT conference on your schedules for 2020. If you haven’t attended a CIT conference, you need to come! It was beautiful, and very well organized. The CIT 2020 conference will be in Minnesota, and 2022 will be in my hometown, Philadelphia! Make plans to be at both!
I love you all!
Mary Stotler Award Recipient
Eileen Forestal, Ph.D., RSC, has been Coordinator/Professor of ASL-English Interpreting Program at Union County College in NJ for 35 years. She is an adjunct in the Master’s program at University of Northern Florida and at LaGuardia’s ASL-English Interpreting program. She holds a PhD, specializing in Postsecondary Education and Adult Learning. Certified as a Deaf interpreter (RSC) since 1979, she interprets primarily in legal and medical settings. A chapter of her research, “Deaf Interpreters: The Dynamics of Their Interpreting Processes” was published in Deaf Interpreters at Work: International Perspectives, 2014. A nationwide trainer on ASL, Deaf interpreters, and interpreting topics, she has presented at RID and CIT conferences, including Gallaudet’s first International Symposium on Sign Language Interpretation Research (March 2014) and Street Leverage (May 2014), state conferences and the Institute of Legal Interpreting (May 2009). Since 2006, Eileen is a member of the NCIEC’s Deaf Interpreter Work Team.