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Induction Program

Content of this page (to Program Cohorts) is presented by Shana Gibbs in American Sign Language.

Upon successful completion of the 9-month IRIS: CORE Initiative, participants will be invited to further their development via the IRIS Induction experience. This 150-hour hybrid (onsite and online) learning environment provides IRIS participants with the foundation and tools needed for continued self-directed and lifelong learning. This experience focuses on two primary ideas: (1) participants’ connection to this work and (2) enhancing participants' employability toolkit. 

Throughout the IRIS Induction, participants will experience the following:

Induction participants during summer 2023 onsite

  1. Completion of an interpreting self-analysis including various work sample submissions; 
  2. Development of an interpreting portfolio including an updated resume and work samples; 
  3. Connections with local rural deaf communities; 
  4. Building autonomous professional relationships with interpreting organizations;
  5. Engagement of at least 10 hours of interpreting observation over video; and
  6. Attendance at synchronous sessions focused on the task of interpreting.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:  

  1. Sustain a network of support with other rural interpreters; 
  2. Construct an up-to-date portfolio to enhance their employability as interpreters;
  3. Integrate contemporary ethical business practices; and
  4. Differentiate interpreting product apart from the person via an Integrated Model of Interpreting framework.

Program Cohorts

The IRIS Project recognizes the hard work and dedication of the participants who have successfully completed* the Induction program. To search for qualified interpreters, visit the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) website. 

*Successful completion does not provide endorsement of the participant's language fluency or skills as an interpreter. 

Cohort One

by first name; NOTE: 1st column is first names starting with A-D, 2nd column is J-K, 3rd column is L-R, and 4th column is S-T.

  • Amy Richardson
  • Byron Oakes
  • Darren Reed
  • Dawn Tomlinson
  • Jordon Oswald
  • Kayla Perez
  • Kesha Trotter
  • Kris Courson
  • Laurie Walcott
  • Paige King
  • Pamela Bailey
  • Terri J. Brown