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Transforming Interpreter Education

Facilitated by Jeff Lewis & Niesha Washington-Shephard

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Hello CIT Members.  I am Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, the CIT President.

Our conference in Minneapolis, MN on August 12-15, 2020 is rapidly approaching. This year’s theme is “Transforming Interpreter Education” and we wanted to think about how to have our conference take a different approach.

Traditionally, our conferences have had an opening keynote, plenary session presentations, and an endnote. This year, we will have conference facilitators who will guide us through the conference.  The opening session will include a brief time of presentation – and then opportunity for attendees to dialogue with one another.  Each day, they will gather themes from the sessions and provide a session at the end of the day to frame a session for thinking about how all of this leads to transformation.  At the end, they will have a final session that incorporates the entire conference experience.

Our guides in this will be Jeff Lewis and Niesha Washington-Shephard.  (You can learn more about them below.)

We are excited to see how this will help us both transform interpreter education and our approach to CIT conferences.

Meet Niesha

Meet Jeff

A selfie of a white man with a bald head and a grey and black mustache smiling at camera with mountains in the backgroundJeff Lewis is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling at Gallaudet University. He primarily teaches graduate students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and School Counseling Program. 

Jeff received his B.A. in Psychology from Gallaudet University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University. As a licensed psychologist, Jeff has a private practice, specializing in working with couples, individual clients, and groups. He also offers long-distance counseling. 

Jeff provides facilitation, workshops and consultation to various organizations and groups. He was thrilled to have been a part of DIC 1 & 3, where he co-facilitated all-day retreats during the first day of each conference.

Jeff is married to Nancy (Jones) and they currently reside in St. Augustine Beach, Florida where they cherish the beach life and enjoy visits from their four children. Jeff commutes between Washington DC and Florida when he is teaching and working at Gallaudet.

A black woman with wearing a black sleeveless sweater signs CULTURE in front of a blue backgroundNiesha Washington-Shepard, M.A. is a full-time faculty in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. For over a decade, she has taught Science Language and Culture on Deaf People and has devoted much of her time to working as a Black Deaf interpreter and presenting on the history and culture of Black sign language. More recently, as a facilitator, she was involved in the coordination and management of the General Education Curriculum at Gallaudet University, and participated in a Gallaudet In Nigeria (GAIN) program and created to bridge the cultural, social and the identity gap between hearing and deaf communities in Nigeria with Nigeria Deaf leaders.