One of our most important areas of activity is providing educational opportunities to both our members and to the wider profession. Our educational opportunities are twofold.
Delivering training to the wider profession
Firstly, we deliver training to the wider profession on a range of topics. Many of these topics relate to issues of race, ethnicity and culture brokering in interpreting practice, and raising awareness of race issues and race politics in the deaf community and in wider society. We also deliver training on domain or skill-specific topics in order to showcase the work and expertise of interpreters of colour, and to encourage greater diversity in the training portfolio.
Our ethos is to advocate for a post-colonial, deconstructionist and ethnographic approach to interpreter education by challenging, questioning and analysing traditional approaches and schools of thought in order to create new knowledge, and to push for change towards a fairer and more equal society.
Procuring training for our members
Secondly, we procure training to address skills gaps within our membership in order to offer interpreters of colour the opportunity to acquire new skills, or to develop existing skills. These may be domains where there is currently an acute underrepresentation of people of colour (e.g. TV and media interpreting), or additional skills that are lacking within the interpreter of colour population (e.g. international sign, supervisor, assessor).