Randleman Program

The Randleman Program is a two-year preceptorship that focuses on intersectionality and inclusion. It aims to equip interpreters of color that have recently entered the field for the demands of interpreting in a postsecondary environment, while simultaneously increasing diversity representation. Protégés are assigned a preceptor and an individually designed curriculum. Protégés work 40 hours a week, which includes hours of interpreting, language development, professional development with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and leadership development activities.

Leadership Development

Upon completion of the Randleman program, protégés will be equipped with tools to participate in inclusion initiatives within an organization as well as the field of interpreting.

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Education & Training

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The Randleman Program continues the development of cognitive processing skills while interpreting, self-assessment skills using non-evaluative language, and growing confidence while interpreting in a postsecondary environment.

Through the use of individualized mentoring, small group meetings, and professional development programs, our protégés are able to do an in-depth analysis of their work.

Our Team

The Randleman Program was founded by Angela Hauser, Denise Herrera, Kristi Love Cooper, and Daron Ladson.

Learn more about our team

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History

Valerie Randleman

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.

Learn about the history of the Randleman Program

Apply

In the Randleman Program, you will:

  • Work under the guidance of an RIT interpreter
  • Experience a variety of assignments
  • Attend leadership and professional development courses
  • Full time, nine-month position with benefits
  • Interact and network with more than 130 RIT interpreters

The Randleman Program is a two-year preceptorship that focuses on intersectionality and inclusion. It aims to equip interpreters of color that have recently entered the field for the demands of interpreting in a post-secondary environment, while simultaneously increasing diversity representation. Protégés are assigned a preceptor and an individually designed curriculum. Protégés work 40 hours a week, which includes hours of interpreting, language development, professional development with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and leadership development activities.

Applicants must be organized, flexible, personable, able to work with a variety of personalities, resourceful, assertive, and professional in both dress and demeanor.

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort. If you wish to apply for our Fall 2020 cohort, application and materials are due by April 3rd 2020. The RIT calendar can be viewed here. Protégés are accepted for two academic years, mid-August through mid-May. The Department of Access Services does not employ protégés during summer.

Prior to applying, you will need the following materials:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation provided by any two of 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 application, you will receive instructions to submit a video of your work

After collecting the materials above, apply here.

To begin your preceptorship in Fall 2020, application and materials are due April 17, 2020. You may begin to submit your materials now.

For further inquiries, contact kbldis@ntid.rit.edu.

In the final phase of Randleman Program 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 Randleman Program is contingent on satisfactory results as determined by RIT Human Resources.

Kristi Love - Cooper
Department of Access Services
Carey Hall, 14-2319
97 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Email inquiries: kbldis@ntid.rit.edu

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