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Philosophy, Mission, Goals, Diversity Statement and Strategic Priorities Review Committee
Interim Final Report
April 15, 2015
Respectfully submitted by Kyle Duarte, chair; Adam Bartley, Dennis Cokely, Betty Colonomos, Sarah Hafer, Elizabeth Morgan, and Hartmut Teuber, members.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND WORK GROUP MEMBERS
The RID Philosophy, Mission, Goals, Diversity Statement and Strategic Priorities (RID PMGDS) Review Committee was created in response to motion CM2013.03. For the term 2013-2015, the RID PMGDS Review Committee members were charged to complete the following tasks:
- To review RID’s Vision, Mission, Diversity Statement and Strategic Priorities;
- To make recommendations of revisions to the RID Board of Directors;
- To work closely with the NAD-RID CPC Review Committee;
- To work with Councils, Committees, and/or Task Forces as necessary;
- To present quarterly reports to the membership and a final report no later than April 1, 2015.
The committee originally comprised the membership of Kyle Duarte (chair), Adam Bartley, Dennis Cokely, Betty Colonomos, Connie Jo Lewis, Elizabeth Morgan, and Hartmut Teuber. In September 2014, Connie Jo Lewis resigned her position and in February 2015 was replaced by Sarah Hafer. Daryl Crouse served as the committee’s liaison to the Board.
The committee has discussed RID’s current Vision, Mission, and Diversity Statement and are recommending updated texts as appear below. These texts will be shared with the NAD-RID CPC Review Committee, RID Council of Elders, and RID Diversity Council to elicit feedback on the modifications, with an estimated deadline of May 15. Further modifications will be considered based on the feedback received, and a final draft will be issued by June 15.
The committee has not yet been able to review RID’s Strategic Priorities, but intends to issue a first draft by May 15 for feedback from our affiliated committee and councils.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf strives to advocate for best practices in interpreting, professional development for practitioners and for the highest standards in the provision of interpreting services for diverse users of languages that are signed or spoken.
By honoring its past and innovating for the future, RID envisions a world where:
- Its members recognize and support the linguistic rights of all Deaf people as human rights, equal to those of users of spoken languages;
- Deaf people and their values are vital to and visible in every aspect of RID, the interpreting profession as a whole, and among individual interpreters;
- Interpreted interactions between individuals who use signed and spoken languages are as viable as direct communication;
- The interpreting profession is formally recognized and is advanced by rigorous professional development, standards of conduct, and credentials.
RID Diversity Statement
As an organization committed to diversity, RID embraces and values the input of all stakeholders, and thus commit that:
- We will not discriminate against any individual, in any circumstance;
- In matters regarding sign language interpreting or our organization, we will seek out and value the perspectives presented by any group of people who consider those perspectives to be integral to their identity and life experience;
- We will regularly examine every facet of our operations and organizational culture to ensure that unique perspectives have not been overlooked.