Mano a Mano 2015 Conference, Aug 7, New Orleans, LA

2015 Mano a Mano Conference
(RID pre-conference)

August 7, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

THEME: Social Justice and the Role of Trilingual Interpreters

Social justice is about promoting a just society, challenging injustice, and valuing diversity. Interpreters are regularly faced with situations throughout their work and professional lives for which they must make decisions about social justice actions. We explore this topic and how it might apply to trilingual interpreting throughout this conference.


  • Dr. Carla García Fernández
  • Lillian García Peterkin
  • Arlene Narváez
  • Rafael Treviño

OPEN TO ALL: The conference is open to all interpreters (and is not limited to working/aspiring trilingual interpreters). Conference languages are English, Spanish, and ASL, and interpreting services will be provided for all language pairs.

CEUs will be provided, as appropriate.


La Justicia Social y el Rol de los Intérpretes Trilingües

La justicia social se trata de promover una sociedad justa, desafiar la injusticia, y valorar la diversidad. Los intérpretes se enfrentan regularmente con situaciones a lo largo de su trabajo y de su vida profesional en que deberán tomar decisiones sobre acciones de justicia social. Exploramos este tema y cómo podría aplicarse a intérpretes trilingües y bilingües.


  • Carla García Fernández
  • Lillian García Peterkin
  • Arlene Narváez
  • Rafael Treviño

DISPONIBLE A TODOS: La conferencia da la bienvenida a todos los intérpretes y no se limita a los que trabajan como intérpretes trilingües. Los idiomas de la conferencia son Inglés, Español y ASL, y servicios de interpretación se proporcionan para todos los pares de idiomas.

Participantes recibirán créditos de educación continuada (CEU).

Tentative schedule

  • 7:30am – 8:30am Registration
  • 8:30am – 9:00am Opening and welcome
  • 9:00am – 12:15pm 3-hour workshop (.3 CEUs): Carla García-Fernández (includes 15 minute break) Title: Revealing Intersectionality, Privilege and Power in the Interpreting Field
  • 12:15pm – 1:45pm Box Lunch (provided) and Mano a Mano Business meeting
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm Break
  • 2:00pm – 3:15pm 75-min workshop #1 (.125 CEUs) Arlene Narváez Title: Choose to be Seen, Liderazgo Latino
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm 75-min workshop #2 (.125 CEUs) Rafael Treviño Title: Building Workshops on Trilingual Interpreting and Including Partners
  • 4:45pm – 5:00pm Wrap-up of day’s workshops and acknowledgments
  • 5:00pm – 6:30pm Evening break
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner reception
  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm Keynote presentation (.1 CEU): Lillian García Peterkin Title: A Deaf Consumer/Interpreter in Healthcare: A Dual Perspective
  • Total CEUs = .65


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Dr. Carla García-Fernández

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Carla holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction: Cultural Studies in Education, from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Language, Reading & Culture: Bilingual & Multicultural Education, from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Home Economics: Child Development, from Gallaudet University. Carla’s research interests center around racial and cultural identities, social justice in education,critical race studies, and multilingual/multicultural education.

Dra. Carla García-Fernández

Nacida en Santa Fé, Nuevo Mexico. Carla tiene un doctorado en Instrucción y plan de estudios: estudios culturales en la educación de la Universidad de Texas en Austin. También posee una maestría en Idiomas, lectura y cultura: en educación bilingüe y multicultural de la Universidad de Arizona. También obtuvo un grado en economía del hogar: desarrollo infantil de la Universidad Gallaudet. Carla se ha interesado en la investigación de identidades raciales y culturales, en la justicia social en la educación, estudios importantes de la raza y educación multilingüal y multicultural.

Lillian García Peterkin, Keynote Speaker

Born to Puerto Rican parents in New Haven, CT, Lillian graduated from the American School for the Deaf in 1981. She received a Bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting from Northeastern University in 2001.

As Communication & Outreach Coordinator of the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC), Lillian facilitated communication and reporting. In addition, she was an active member of both the Deaf Interpreting work team and Deaf Advocacy Training work team.

Lillian has presented trainings to Deaf community members on topics such as medical interpreting, Deaf interpreting, and consumer rights to interpreting services. She is currently on long-term disability leave due to battling cancer. Lillian is proud to have two young girls and is currently living in Hamden, CT.

Lilian García Peterkin – Ponente Invitado

Nacida de padres puertorriqueños en Nueva Haven, CT. Lilian se graduó de la escuela Americana de sordos en 1981. Recibió su grado en interpretación entre Inglés y lengua de señas Americana de la Universidad de Northeastern en el 2001. Ha trabajado como la coordinadora de comunicación y alcance para el centro nacional de educación para intérpretes (NIEC por sus siglas en inglés) por ocho años donde ha facilitado comunicación y se reporta a los Centros del Consorcio Nacional para la Educación de Intérpretes (NCIEC por sus siglas en inglés). Tambien fué un apoyo constante para el equipo de intérpretes sordos y para el equipo de entrenamiento de trabajo para la defensa de los sordos. Lillian ha entrenado miembros de la comunidad sorda en muchos temas como interpretación medica, Interpretación de sordos, y los derechos y servicios de interpretación de los consumidores sordos. Antes de trabajar para el NCIEC, Lilian fué coordinadora de servicios de interpretación por diez años en Massachussetts and Connecticut donde supervisaba, buscaba y enseñaba intérpretes. En la actualidad no está trabajando debido a su batalla contra el cancer.

Arlene Narváez, B.S., CI, CT

Arlene works as a trilingual (ASL/Spanish/English) interpreter in community and video settings, with experience in both VRS and VRI. In addition to working as an evaluator and interpreter trainer, she has presented numerous workshops at the regional and national levels. As a member of the NCIEC Trilingual Task Force she participated in the development of the NCIEC Working in Spanish Influenced Settings DVD resource material and Curriculum Guide.

Arlene Narváez, B.S., CI, CT

Arlene es una intérprete trilingüe en la comunidad y en los espacios de video llamadas con experiencia en VRS y VRI. Ademas de trabajar como evaluadora y entrenadora de intérpretes, ella tambien ha presentado muchos talleres a nivel regional y nacional. Como miembro de un grupo especial en el NCIEC, Arlene participó en el desarrollo del DVD y la guia de estudios para situaciones de interpretacion trilingüe.

Rafael Treviño

A native of Florida, Rafael is the Program Coordinator of the Sign Language Interpretation Program at Miami Dade College. He is a certified Spanish-English interpreter by the FL Court Interpreter Certification Board and as a trilingual interpreter by the Texas BEI (Trilingual Master). His goal is to help foster a new generation of leaders in the interpreting community.

Rafael Treviño

Nacido en Florida, Rafael es el coordinador del programa de interpretacion en lengua de señas en la Universidad de Miami dade. El tiene una certificación como intérprete de español a inglés del juzgado de Florida y una certificación trilingüe del Texas BEI. Rafael tiene como meta ayudar a forgar una nueva generación de lideres en la comunidad de intérpretes.

Mano a Mano 2015 Conference: Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters

2015 Mano a Mano Conference

Social Justice and the Role of Trilingual Interpreters

August 7, 2015

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mano a Mano, the professional organization for interpreters who work in Latino communities, is soliciting presenters for the 2015 Conference in New Orleans. Your contribution can help to make this conference memorable.

Presentation proposals are requested from EVERYONE.

The theme of this year’s conference is:

Social Justice and the Role of Trilingual Interpreters

About the Theme:

There are many definitions to describe “social justice.” One definition that resonates with Mano a Mano is the following:

…promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. Social Justice exists when all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources. In conditions of social justice, people are not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership. (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006)

This year, Mano a Mano is seeking presentations and workshops that contribute to our stakeholders’ social justice and overall wellbeing as members of society, whether they are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, hard of hearing (DDBDDHH) or hearing.

In addition to interpreter skill building workshops, topics relevant to social justice often include the following. This list is not representative of the myriad possibilities and we encourage you to take this topic to its full potential.

  • Deaf/Hearing Interpreting Teams
  • Promoting Leadership and Mobilization in the Latino DDBDDHH Community
  • Navigating two or more cultures
  • Effecting Change through the Political Process
  • Oppression in the Latino Community
  • The Impact of Oppression on Communication and Interpretation


Compensation for a 3-hour presentation: payment of $300 will be made to selected presenters.

Compensation for a 75-minute presentation: payment of $125 will be made to selected presenters.

Those who are selected to speak at the conference must register for the conference through the registration procedures.

Questions & Information:

Please contact Roberto Sandoval at

Proposals will be accepted until May 17, 2015.

Click here to complete the Presenter Application Form.

Convocatoria para Ponentes/Presentadores

Cumbre de Mano a Mano 2015

Justicia Social y el Rol de los Intérpretes Trilingües

7 de Agosto de 2015

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mano a Mano, la organización profesional de intérpretes que trabajan en las comunidades latinas, está convocando presentadores para su Convención 2015 en New Orleans. Su contribución ayudará a que ésta cumbre sea memorable.

La entrega de propuestas es requisito para TODOS.

El tema de la conferencia de éste año es:

Justicia Social y el Rol de los Intérpretes Trilingües

Acerca del Tema:

Hay muchas definiciones para describir “justicia social.” Una definición que está a tono con Mano a Mano es la siguiente:

…promover justicia social cambiando la injusticia y valorando la diversidad. La justicia social existe cuando todas las personas comparten un sentimiento de humanidad común teniendo a su vez el derecho a un trato equitativo, el apoyo por sus derechos humanos y realizando una justa distribución de los recursos de la comunidad. Dentro de las condiciones de justicia social, las personas no son discriminadas, ni su bienestar es restringido ni existe prejuicio debido a género, orientación sexual, religión, afiliación política, edad, raza, creencias, discapacidad, ubicación, clase social, circunstancia socioeconómica, u otra característica de su pasado o por su afiliación a algún grupo. (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006)

Este año, Mano a Mano está buscando presentaciones y talleres que contribuyan a la justicia social y el bienestar general de nuestros miembros como componentes de la sociedad, ya sea que sean sordos, sordos-ciegos, sordos con discapacidades, hipoacúsicos (DDBDDHH) u oyentes.

En adición a los talleres para mejorar las habilidades de interpretación, los temas acerca de la justicia social usualmente incluyen lo siguiente aspectos. Esta lista no representa el sin número de posibilidades y los encomiamos a que lleve éste tema a su máximo potencial.

  • Trabajo en equipo entre Intérpretes Sordos/Oyentes
  • Promoviendo el liderazgo y movilización en la comunidad Latina de DDBDDHH
  • Navegando en dos o más culturas
  • Cambio efectivo a través del proceso político
  • Opresión en la comunidad Latina
  • El Impacto de la opresión en la comunicación e interpretación


Compensación por una presentación de 3 horas: se hará un pago de $300 a presentadores seleccionados.

Compensación por una presentación de 75 minutos: se hará un pago de $125 a presentadores seleccionados.

Los seleccionados deberán inscribirse en la conferencia a través del proceso de inscripción.

Preguntas e Información:

Por favor comuníquese con Roberto Sandoval a:

La fecha límite para aceptar propuestas será el 17 de Mayo de 2015.

Acceda aquí para llenar el Formulario de la Solicitud de Presentadores/Ponentes.

GIS Results! Visiting Interpreter Mentorship

Looking for quality training to boost your skills AND get PAID for learning?


A paid mentorship opportunity for skill development towards SC:L or CDI certifications

Gallaudet Interpreting Service invites you to apply to our

Results! Visiting Interpreter Mentorship


Dates: Program orientation begins in August 2015 and ends in May 2016 (dates do not including winter break, university holidays)

Hours: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, business hours
(on-call emergency legal response additional for the legal cohort)

Where: The culturally and linguistically rich Gallaudet University campus

What: An intensive interpreter mentorship like no other, boosting your skills to the next level while you are paid a generous weekly stipend

How: View the application information on the website (link below), complete and submit your application, and await information about your possible selection.

Who: For RID certified interpreters (NIC, CI, CT, NAD IV, V) for the legal SC:L mentorship experienced, pre-certified or certified Deaf interpreters for the CDI mentorship (please note we do not offer a legal mentorship for pre-certified interpreters)

For more detailed information and to apply, see


The Results! Mentoring Team
Voice Phone: 202.651.5416
Video Phone: 202.250.2940
Gallaudet University – GIS
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Mano a Mano 2015 Conference: Save the Date

Save the date for the Mano a Mano pre-conference to the RID biennial conference in New Orleans, Louisiana: Friday, August 7, 2015. We expect a full schedule with Lillian García as a keynote speaker, trilingual workshops and presentations, and a business meeting. There will be multiple opportunities to earn valuable CEUs that are trilingual content-based.

The theme of the conference is:

Social justice and the role of trilingual interpreters/La justicia social y el papel de los intérpretes trilingües

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans. More information to come!!

NCIEC Train the Trainer opportunity!

NCIEC is seeking experienced and motivated trilingual interpreters (ASL/Spanish/English) who would like to participate in a one-time Train the Trainer seminar.  If this is you, please read the information below.

Dear Trilingual Interpreter,

NCIEC has undertaken an initiative to enhance the quality, availability, and utilization of interpreters in Spanish-influenced settings. A key component of the initiative is to enhance the interpreting skills of trilingual interpreters toward the goal of trilingual certification. Over the past four years, the NCIEC Trilingual Task Force has worked hard to develop teaching materials based in evidence-based practice.

NCIEC is now pleased to announce the preparation of the final two components of this material development endeavor – 1) the expert review of the curriculum guide, and 2) the preparation of trainers to utilize the materials to enhance the skills of aspiring trilingual interpreters within their own communities.

NCIEC is seeking a pool of approximately 12 individuals who meet specific qualifications to participate in a four-day Train the Trainer seminar. Successful candidates will have their air transportation, lodging, and several meals provided in exchange for their participation. The dates of the seminar are January 23–26, 2015.

This invitation is very time sensitive and requires completion of a formal application that must be received no later than December 1, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more details, visit the NCIEC website at  The application form is located online at

Please direct any questions regarding the Train the Trainer seminar to Diana Doucette at



Diana Doucette, Director
Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University
American Sign Language MS 0405 ME
Boston, MA  02115-5000

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NCIEC Survey of interpreter practitioners

Dear Interpreter,

I am writing to invite your participation in a survey of interpreting practitioners.

The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) is conducting this survey as part of our on-going series of needs assessments intended to identify noteworthy trends in the field.

Your participation in this survey will not only help determine decisions about the use of resources for the remainder of the grant cycle, but will help guide the next cycle of grant funding. Having data from your program in this survey is extremely important.

We realize this is a busy time of the year, but the survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please use this link to open the survey:

Please note that there are currently two surveys in circulation, one for interpreting practitioners and one for interpreting education program administrators. If you have both roles, please complete both surveys. But please, fill out the surveys only once.

Note that if you wish to opt out, the opportunity to do so is on the first page of the survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

If you have any questions, please contact



Cathy Cogen, Director
National Interpreter Education Center
Northeastern University

Building your Comunidad I.Q: Working with, in, and alongside the Latino Deaf Community

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Building your Comunidad I.Q: Working with, in, and alongside the Latino Deaf Community

Program dates:  October 10-12, 2014

Program description:  As an Interpreter, do you find yourself working with the Latino Deaf Community? Have you been looking for more resources (language, culture, teams) to increase your personal practice as well as community resources to serve Latino Deaf consumers  in a better way?  This is the weekend for you! This is the entry level Workshops you have been looking for to bridge the gap.

Program Presenters: Al JimenezArlene Narváez and Rafael Treviño


Al Jimenez                Arlene Narváez          Rafael Treviño


Program location: Boston University, Boston, MA





Program cost: Price range $75-$165 See website for details.

Who should register:

  • Interpreters who provide services with Spanish/Latino Deaf Community consumers
  • American Sign Language – Spoken English
  • Trilingual Interpreters in Spanish, English and ASL
  • Spoken Language Interpreters Spanish-English
  • Deaf and hearing Interpreters/students at all levels.

Additional information available at this website:


Register by September 15, 2014 to receive the Early Bird special rate.
Contact Jeannette Ocampo Welch with inquiries and sponsorship at
The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers is a collaborative of six centers funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, CFDA #H160A and H160B to expand and enhance the effectiveness of the interpreting workforce. For more information, click on the center name to visit their website: