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Date of Award


Degree Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity


ASL & Interpreting

First Advisor

Erica Alley

Second Advisor

Naomi Sheneman

Third Advisor

David Quinto-Pozos


ASL and Interpreting


Current research on the field of sign language interpreter education notes a lack of multiculturalism and a push for a more diverse pool of instructors is evident. Research about students and graduates of non-white backgrounds from interpreter education programs is limited. This research is a step toward filling this gap by focusing on Hispanic/Latinx graduates of interpreter education programs. This phenomenological study explores the lived experiences of six self-identified Hispanic/Latinx graduates from associate-granting American Sign Language- English interpreter education programs in Texas. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews. Three overarching themes were noted in the participants’ stories: personal pride, cultural disconnects, and advantages of cultural awareness. By recognizing the lived experiences and the diversity of their student bodies, instructors and program directors can be more equipped to fully engage with their students.

2019_MAISCE_ArellanoK_Paper.pdf (430 kB)
Research paper