Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

SCRID is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). It is the mission of the Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to promote best practices, equity, and representation within the profession of Sign Language Interpreting; provide professional development and education for current and future practitioners; serve as a forum for ongoing assessment of and response to community needs; and, advocate to the public for the highest standards in the provision of interpreting services for users of both sign languages and spoken languages.

Bringing Home the Narrative: Does that really happen HERE?!

  • 02/20/2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Presents:

Bringing Home the Narrative: Does that really happen HERE?!

A panel discussion on racism and anti-racism in the workplace


Crescenciano Garcia, Esther Fass, Amelia Boik, Cheryl Gallon

February 20, 2021

10am - 1pm PST

0.30 CEU’s Power, Privilege and Oppression

* No partial CEUs will be provided *


SCRID Members 


Deaf Interpreters


SCRID Student Members


Non-SCRID Members


Deaf Community Members (non-interpreters)


Region V Affiliate Chapter Members



Due to the financial hardship many are facing right now, SCRID will be covering part of the cost for the workshop so that we can bring discounted rates to our members.

Event Description: 

Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SCRID) is hosting a panel discussion addressing racism and anti-racism in the local interpreting field. We will take this discussion past the abstract, addressing how to recognize intentional and unintentional bias, and implement anti-racist practice in our work as interpreters. A diverse set of panelists will share real-world instances of aggressions surrounding interpreting work, whether observed or directly experienced, and actions interpreters can take to combat racism while promoting anti-racism in our field. 

Participants will: 

  1. To develop applied understanding of core concepts such as race, racism, anti-racism, and more, as they manifest around interpreting experiences; 

  2. To discuss what anti-racist practice means in one’s own words;

  3. To name 3-5 examples of common instances where sign language interpreters exhibit racist beliefs and practices;

  4. To name 3-5 examples of actions sign language interpreters can take when witnessing or experiencing racism in interpreting;

  5. To name at least two examples of changes the individual (self) can make to apply anti-racist practice into their own personal and professional lives.


This workshop will be conducted in American Sign Language (no voice interpretation will be provided).

For any questions, please feel free to email 

Location: Online (Zoom)

We will email you a zoom link to the workshop 24 hours before the start of the workshop. 

This workshop is designed for ALL knowledge levels.

About the Panelists

(Photo Description, Left: A smiling man is wearing a black, long sleeve shirt, holding out his right hand as if to reach for a hand shake. The background is a cityscape.) 

Crescenciano Garcia was born into a deaf family and raised as a church interpreter and has remained an interpreter throughout his life, working between ASL, Spanish and English. Crescenciano will be a panelist and facilitator for this discussion.

(Photo Description, Right: Cheryl has curly brown hair and smiles big in front of a backdrop of grass and shrubs, wearing a purple blouse with a black cardigan.)

Cheryl Gallon, CI, CT, NAD V, has been a community interpreter since 1995. Her practice has been primarily in the fields of business, higher education, medical/mental health and conference settings. She earned a bachelor’s in Deaf Studies from CSUN and a master’s in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity from St. Catherine University. As an adjunct faculty member in American River College’s Interpreter Preparation Program, she enjoys supporting student growth. Her research interests include how interpreters’ racial identity and levels of cultural competency impact Deaf consumers of color, as well as enhanced ways to practice equity as a practitioner and educator. 

(Photo Description, Left): A black-and-white photo of Esther, wearing a black shirt. She is wearing lipstick and has a nose ring and long, curly hair.)

Esther Fass was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to an entire Deaf Jewish Family. She grew up living the fast-paced life of a New Yorker. Esther relocated to Washington, DC, for academic opportunities, and she obtained a Bachelors' in Interpretation from Gallaudet University, and subsequently a CDI certification and a Masters’ degree in Interpretation. She did research on interpreting boundaries working with DeafBlind consumers. While pursuing her education, Esther was also immersed in community interpreting in the metro DC area, ranging from postsecondary education to the federal level. In 2018, she relocated to Riverside, California, from the DC area with her partner and 3 deaf kids. Esther currently does community interpreting, is passionate about the interpreting field, and also teaches ASL at local community colleges.



(Photo description, Left: Against a wall of green foliage, is a smiling, Brown skinned woman with a curly ponytail. She is wearing black pearl earrings and a pink v-necked shirt with an ASL ILY emblem, printed on the left upper portion of her shirt.)


Amelia Boik, CI and CT (pronouns: she/her). Amelia is from a multi-generational, Deaf family. She has 25+ years of professional interpreting experience and over 21+ years as a credentialed interpreter. As a Southern Californian native, she has experienced interpreting in various community settings. Maneuvering her way throughout numerous situations where she was the only person of color, required navigating facial expressions and body language, communication finesse and self awareness. Amelia’s scope of interpreting expertise lies in medical, musical entertainment (stage) and collegiate interpreting. Amelia relishes in creating brave spaces for robust dialogue to foster social justice and introspective work, for allyship. During her free time, Amelia loves watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and spending quality time with her family. 

SCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This workshop is offered for 0.3 Professional Studies CEUs.  

SCRID Cancellation Policy:

In the event that SCRID cancels an event, refunds or transfers to future SCRID events are possible. Pre-registrants will be notified immediately upon cancellation.

Refunds: for individual registration cancellations may be requested if SCRID receives notification of said cancellation 3 days prior to the event. Registrations are non-refundable for late cancellations after this date without verification of serious circumstances to be determined by the SCRID board on a case-by-case basis.  Email to request refunds stating the event name, event date and justification for late cancellation. All requests for refunds for late cancellations must be approved by the SCRID board.

Non-Discrimination: Presenter and participants agree to foster an environment of mutual respect free from bias of any kind. 

Reasonable Accommodations:  Requests for reasonable accommodations must be received two weeks in advance of this event by contacting



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