2023: “Uncomfortable conversations” (part 2) – by Azaria Francis

“Uncomfortable conversations” (part 2) – by Azaria Francis

Being anti racist, impact vs intent and more. 

Timing: Wednesday 26th of April 2023, 18:00-20:00 (CEST)

Languages: the webinar will be presented in English and interpretation into IS will be provided.

Registrations: open till 17th April 2023 (link to registration)

Description: Continuing the dialogue about the importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in interpreting. 

The second part of this Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) series on ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’. 
You do not need to have attended Part 1 to attend Part 2. Part 2 is a follow up with new content and different aspects of EDI.
There may be some overlap in important terms for those who did not attend Part 1. 
We discuss in a safe space those awkward and difficult topics around EDI within the interpreting profession, that are often not talked about.  We will look at intersectionality again, with some elements associated with race, highlighting the difference between being ‘non racist’ and anti racist’.  As well as micro aggressions, affirmative action and intent vs impact.  Hopefully you will be able to reflect on your current thinking and behaviour and explore some new strategies.  This session will also benefit those who are in an area (job or country) that lacks diversity. 
I will share my personal experiences as a Black British female interpreter, and explain why EDI should always be a priority in our profession and everyday lives.  For a truly inclusive society, everyone should feel valued and that they belong. 
We can all do better.  Learning takes place when you come out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself!  It’s about starting these important uncomfortable conversations and keeping them going.
During this webinar, a safe space will be provided to learn and talk about those difficult topics that make people feel uncomfortable.  Discussing dilemmas related to you and your profession with like-minded people.
We can all do better.  Remember it is not one and done, but about starting these important uncomfortable conversations and keeping them going.  Learning takes place when you come out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself. 
An overview of the session
  1. An introduction to what Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is, and why it is important.
  2. Topics  – to include
    1. Intersectionality
    2. Unconscious Bias
    3. Power and privilege
    4. Micro aggressions (micro assaults, invalidations and insults)
    5. ‘I thought it was enough to be non racist, now I find I need to be anti-racist!’ What is the difference?
    6. Affirmative Action
    7. Impact vs intent
  3. Discussions and Q&A.  Sharing dilemmas, tips, strategies and learning from each other.
This webinar is for any sign language interpreters or translators who want to discuss in a safe space the topics that are often not mentioned.  For anyone that wants to ask ‘those awkward or taboo questions’ or just to ask, ‘Am I allowed to use this term?’  This session will also be useful for those who may work or live in an area that is not exposed to a lot of diversity. 

Interested? Do you want to join?

Please register here online, the registration closing on 17/04/2023 at 18:00 CEST.

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Thank you! Looking forward to see you on our next webinar.

The training committee,

Isabelle and Sylvia

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webinar 26/04/23 18:00-20:00 CET

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