Amplifying Black Deaf Perspectives

The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 under the knee of an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department sparked action in support of Black lives in Minnesota and around the world. While not a new movement, it has taken on a new intensity and challenged many communities and organizations to reckon with racism and white supremacy.   This is true for the deaf and interpreting communities as well.

Inspired by the “Justice in June” document created by Autumn Gupta with oversight by Bryanna Wallace, the CATIE Center decided to create a module that would consist of Black Deaf perspectives.

Logo on left has 4 fists colored green, black, red, yellow with words Black Deaf Center on rightTo create “Listen Well”, we reached out to Black Deaf Center Collaboration team who launched Black Deaf Center (BDC) in June 2020 and contracted with them to select 15 videos and 10 articles in 2020. We are working with them to update this module.  We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them and ask you to consider supporting their important work.

This online course is self-directed with opportunities to discuss with other participants.  Each week, you will have 2-3 videos to watch and 1-2 articles to read with a final day for reflection.  While the course is planned for 7 weeks, you can follow your own timeline on what works most effectively for you.

We welcome you to take this opportunity to engage with Black Deaf perspectives and listen well to build your understanding.

Panel Discussion – May 20, 2021

Tar Gillman, Deidra Pelletier, and Roy Jones will be participating in a panel about the Black Deaf Center from 6:30-8:00 pm CT.  Facilitated by Vyron Kinson, this panel will be open to anyone who has registered for the “Listen Well” course.


We are offering this without accompanying CEUs because we want to make sure that the people who are participating are here with the purpose of learning and growing.  The CATIE Center provides plenty of other opportunities to earn CEUs and we recognize their importance for interpreters.  For this course, we are simply choosing to focus solely on the learning.

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