Interpreters and educators do not practice in a vacuum. They bring to their work personal experiences, values, and biases. Interpreters and educators also work for an agency and a public with their own values and biases. By becoming more critically self-aware, interpreters and educators can develop a range of more inclusive, inviting, and accurate interpretive opportunities through personal services and media products.
Any external change begins with self-consciousness and awareness. Therefore, interpreters and educators must confront and uncover their own assumptions and biases. In doing so, interpreters and educators build a foundation of self-knowledge to help others examine the role and impact of biases.
This resource was created from the Managing Curriculum-based Education Programs and Services course and, when offered, is an online course.
In this resource, you’ll find a list of short videos and articles, guiding questions, and additional resources. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
How to use this resource:
- Complete the following activity.
- Review and use the Additional Resources at the bottom.
- Leave a review (how useful was this resource?).
- Join our group in the CLP Commons.
- In your own words, define cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion.
- Watch the video Who, Me? Biased? – Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism (02:26) by Saleem Reshamwala
- Watch the video We all have implicit biases. So what can we do about it? (12:00) Tedx Talks by Dushaw Hockett (September 18, 2017).
- Sign up for at least one of MTV’s Look Different – Bias Cleanse (on race, gender, and/or anti-LGBTQ bias).
- How does your team talk about bias and difference?
- How does your park facilitate conversations about difference with visitors (specifically students)?
- What are your current challenges regarding cultural competency? How are you successful?