Allyship: a buzzword that has become a part of popular culture masquerading as social justice. The concept of allyship and how it operates systematically to combat oppression, injustice, and inequity while promoting the rights of oppressed minorities through the power of privilege is a potent tool that is often misused.
As ITP programs continue to expand exponentially in the United States, there is a disconnect between deaf and hearing interpreting communities, especially with the demise of former “gatekeeper” models in which interpreters were apprenticed and vetted within the Deaf community.

The divide between Deaf and hearing interpreting communities has deepened not only with the surge of ITP programming, but the rise or VRS and VRI use, which causes American Sign Language to be monetized as a tool for employment. Such (perhaps unintended) consequences have pitted communities against each other, where allyship is necessary in order to restore balance utilizing an organic and Deaf-centric approach.

This workshop focuses on allyship as it works in tandem with the Deaf community, particularly as it seeks to combat oppression on four major fronts: linguicism, audism, othering, and cultural disfluency, as it relates to ITP programming.

Through a series of interactive modules, participants will learn the underpinnings of allyship and stewardship to the Deaf community as interpreters. The workshop is designed to incorporate a blend of lecture and audience participation, which includes open and constructive dialogue with the presenter as well as fellow participants.

Class Schedule & Details

Date & Time

August 17th 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


CyFair Lone Star College
9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, Texas 77433

Building & Room

Building 8
Room: CENT 151-153


Presented in
American Sign Language



Continuing Education Credits

0.8 RID Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO) CEUs approved
0.8 BEI Ethics CEUs approved

You must attend the entire course to receive full credits.

Meet the Presenter

Dr. S. Jordan Wright

Born hearing, Dr. Wright became deaf at the age of 4 and was mainstreamed in an oral setting. It was not until his college years at CSUN that he became fluent in ASL. The journey of becoming d/Deaf is one of many research interests that color his passion for scholarly activity and interaction with students. With a history of social justice, Dr. Wright has focused on the areas of Queer Theory, Disability Critical Theory, and Deaf Critical Theory as a way of unearthing how differing frameworks tessellate and intersect to shape the range of human experiences we witness in Deaf Culture and Deaf Education.

As the associate editor of SAGE’s Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (2016), Dr. Wright enjoys working with scholars and researchers on an international level to expand the horizons of Deaf Studies in order to increase the viability of the field in academia.


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