Author

Cheryl Gallon

Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity

Department

ASL & Interpreting

First Advisor

Erica Alley

Department/School

Interpreting

Abstract

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 of investigations on issues of privilege and equity. Issues of social justice typically present solely as a binary comparison between lived experiences of Deaf and hearing people, without regard to their racial identity. This research aims to fill that gap. Seventeen microaggression events were shared by participants which fell into the categories of microinsults, microinvalidations and three unique themes. By recognizing the racial microaggressions ASL–English interpreters commit, practitioners are better situated to mitigate oppressive actions and practice with enhanced equity.

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