Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership

Welcoming First-Timers to Conference

Welcome First Timers!

Dr. Carol Patrie & Cynthia Napier, Chairs
CIT Conference Welcome Committee

Are you thinking of attending CIT for the very first time? Not sure what to expect? We have just the thing for you. This year we are offering newcomers the opportunity to be paired with a more seasoned CIT conference attendee. This will allow you, as a newcomer to have a specific person to connect with during the conference who can help you decide which presentations might be a good fit for you, how the business meeting works, what to expect and other conference tips.

If you are attending CIT for the first time and would like to participate, check the “First Timer” box on the registration form.

How it will work:

CIT will announce in the newsletter that it is seeking volunteers for the Welcome Committee to serve as conference mentors for newcomers. Prior to the conference registration CIT will have the Welcome volunteers selected in advance of when registration begins so that CIT will know if there are not enough volunteers to cover the need. If there are not, enough volunteers then Cynthia and Carol will reach out to individual members and encourage them to volunteer to connect with a newcomer. Alternatively there will also be a box on the registration form for those who wish to volunteer to welcome newcomers.

The Welcome Committee focuses specifically on making newcomers feel welcomed rather than being the hospitality committee or Welcome Committee and educated them about CIT and the workshops it has to offer.

Those who agreed to serve on the Welcome Committee can be given a list of suggestions such as;

  • Exchange emails in advance with the newcomer, i.e. remind them to bring business cards, etc.
  • Meet them in person about 30 minutes before the opening session
  • Help with selecting workshops to attend based on their interests.
  • Explanation of how the business meeting works and the importance of arriving a bit early to get voting cards and discuss importance of having a quorum and how discussions and voting occur.
  • What to expect at the banquet,
  • Be a friendly face in the halls and a supportive member for any newcomer