Unpacking Our Privilege: Stories from Deaf-Parented Interpreters

The Deaf-Parented Interpreters (DPI) Member Section is hosting a webinar on Sunday, April 29th 7-8:30 PM EST. This is the first of a series of webinars to address power and privilege.

Educational Objectives

At the end of the webinar participants should be able to:

  1. Define the concept of privilege

  2. Identify examples of privilege in their lives

  3. Recognize privilege in the Deaf community and its impact

The target audience for this course is RID Certified Interpreters and those seeking to become RID Certified. Information on CEUs and registering for this webinar will be sent directly to members via email.


Meet Our Panelists


Su Kyong Isakson, DPI Panel Facilitator

M.A., NIC, Ed: K-12

Su Kyong Isakson, MA, NIC, Ed:K-12, is a freelance interpreter, IMI practitioner, mentor and educator hailing from Alaska. Ms. Isakson is currently a faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County’s interpreter preparation program in Catonsville, MD. Her areas of interest include curriculum and pedagogy of heritage sign language learners, interpreter education, and service learning. In her spare time Ms. Isakson enjoys traveling abroad, photography, baking, and regional food and wine.





Paola Morales, DPI Panelist


Paola Morales is a CodaC Multilingual Sign Language Interpreter from L.A., and an IMI practitioner. She has provided services in ASL, English, Spanish, and LSM for over fifteen years in private and public sectors. Her specializations include Mental Health Interpreting, ASL/Spanish/English Trilingual Sign Language Interpreting, and Sign Language Interpreting for the Performing Arts. She is passionate about transformative justice and healing within the Deaf World, as well as intersectionality and critical studies as frameworks for equity and ethics in the field within the US, the Americas, and abroad. Her interests are linguistics, heritage language pedagogy, and mentorship. She currently serves on the RID Diversity Council. Paola is devoted to her little bean Felix and enjoys the beach, books, creative fitness, and traveling.


Sarah Hafer, DPI Panelist

B.A. Hons., M.A., CDI

With an educational background in and extensive work experience related to ASL linguistics research and teaching ASL, Sarah Hafer currently works as a freelance CDI.  She enjoys giving workshops on ASL linguistics and social justice topics from time to time. For her baccalaureate degree, she graduated with honors in Linguistics with a concentration in Signed Language Studies and minored in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of New Mexico. She earned her Masters in Interpreting Studies degree from Western Oregon University. Having grown up in a tiny farm town in Idaho, living and playing in the lush environment of the Pacific Northwest has been her calling.





Bruce King, DPI Panelist


Bruce King, BA, CI, CT, NAD-V, was born and raised in the Detroit area, and even though he does have a sister, he was raised as an OCoda. For more than 20 years Bruce has served the interpreting profession in a variety of capacities. On the state level, he has served as Ohio (OCRID) President, Treasurer, and Editor. On the National level, he served on the RID Bylaws and Audit Committees, and as Region-3 Representative and Treasurer. Bruce enjoys bicycle touring with his wife Dagmar (who is also a coda), as well as spending time with friends and family.