The vision of the Randleman program is to recruit and retain interpreters of color across the field of interpreting. It is fundamental that the interpreting field reflects the unique, diverse, and rich cultural experiences within the Deaf community. By supporting and increasing representation of interpreters of color, we celebrate how the field of interpreting can flourish through cultural competency and diverse perspectives.
Program Offerings & Opportunities
The Randleman Two-Year Preceptorship
The Randleman program was established at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf as a two-year preceptorship to address identified gaps in interpreting education for interpreters of color, while simultaneously focusing on interpreting, diversity, equity, intersectionality and inclusion. Built on four foundational pillars, the Randleman two-year preceptorship empowers proteges to create a personalized curriculum while they gain experience and navigate the field. Proteges work full-time as interpreters in the post-secondary environment, have weekly meetings with their preceptor, weekly small discussions where they define and describe the various issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of interpreting, as well as weekly professional development opportunities tailored to people of color. This position is eleven-months with benefits that follows the RIT academic calendar.
The Randleman Program Summer Intensive for Interpreters of Color
The Randleman Summer Intensive Program was designed to engage interpreters of color nationally and support their emerging careers by introducing participants to the Randleman program and the pillars from which the program is built. This virtual five-week program accepts a total of 16 participants to experience a condenses curriculum modeled after the two-year preceptorship. This program is designed for emerging interpreters in their senior year of an interpreter training program and interpreters with up to five years of experience. This summer intensive program allows for interpreters of color to gain insight into the field of interpreting, analyze their own mental processing while interpreting, discuss the various issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of interpreting, while supporting and networking with other interpreters of color across the nation.
The Randleman Program Summer Intensive for Deaf Interpreters of Color
Program description and applications for Summer 2021 coming soon!
The Randleman Program was founded by Angela Hauser, Denise Herrera, Kristi Love Cooper, and Daron Ladson.
Diversity challenges are prevalent in society today, and higher education is no exception. Anecdotal evidence suggests that interpreters of color have a significantly different experience going through interpreter training programs than their white counterparts. Systematic norms catering to the success of the majority often adversely affect students of color. These norms can manifest in oppressive, alienating ways that make it difficult for interpreting students of color to succeed.
Items required to apply for the two-year Preceptorship for Interpreters of Color:
Contact information for two references from the following:
A deaf consumer
One of your interpreter education program instructors
A previous mentor
A past employer in an interpreting related capacity
A colleague in the field of interpreting
Upon completion of the application, you will receive instructions to submit a video of your work
In the final phase of Randleman Program preceptorship acceptance, a criminal background and/or motor vehicle records check will be required. Written permission is obtained from individuals prior to conducting this check. Acceptance to the preceptorship is contingent on satisfactory results as determined by RIT Human Resources.