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Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon May 2018

Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This phenomenological case study explores the racial microaggression committed by ASL– English interpreters. Data regarding microaggression events were collected by documenting experiences of Deaf People of Color through semi-structured interviews. To date, there is not any identified research investigating this topic. The field of professional sign language interpretation has a historical praxis of centering White epistemologies, while marginalizing the lived experiences of both Deaf and hearing People of Color in both formative interpreter education, as well as professional trainings. The growing interest in topics relating to social justice in the field of sign language interpretation has brought about an increase ...