All sign language interpreters inhabit leadership positions of some kind in their work, regardless of whether these expressions of leadership readily meet traditional definitions. Interpreters acting on the basis of social justice, actively work on aligning themselves (as part of the interpreting community) with Deaf and hearing participants. Interpreters in this position can positively impact (e.g., bridge gaps, and enhance lives) individuals who possess two very different understandings of the world.
Interpreters through a lens of social justice can learn how to become growth-oriented practitioners and leaders. Class participants will carry with them new skills. First, they will learn to identify undesirable practices and how to work toward adopting social justice skill sets that will leave them open to creative and courageous solutions. Second, they can inspire others to collaborate, and third, work toward dismantling systems of privilege and oppression while sustaining respect and trust of those they serve. As we move forward by positively impacting lives, let us realign our collective social justice values with Deaf community members and bring back their autonomy.
- Identify how interpreters may be leaders
- Identify how working toward social justice can be achieved via leadership
- Identify David Miller’s locations of social injustices
- Learn transactional leadership attributes
- Learn the components that make up transformational leadership