Ga RID is MAD about you!

May 18th, 2024

Member Appreciation Day 

is back! 

Presenter: Dr. Suzette Garay

CEO Diversity Academy for Interpreters (DAI)

Presentation Title: Moving from Allyship toward an Antiracist Approach for Interpreters

This 4-hour Antiracist workshop focuses on how to develop antiracist skills for effectively incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) principals, specifically, moving from an allyship approach toward what to do and what not do when incorporating DEIB Antiracist actions. Participants will explore how biases and stereotypes form in our interpreter profession, do a self-analysis, and consider how these factors may impact their work toward becoming antiracist interpreters. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice with variety of scenarios representing racism, oppression, and further developing their individual basic antiracist skills into a plan of action.  Works for PPO CEUs. 


New Board!!!!!






29 JANUARY 2024 / 6:45 PM / ZOOM MEETING (NO ROOM #) 


Meghan Cowin, Erika Bravo, Phyl Thomas, Rashidah Shariff, Grace Kirkwood, LaToya Childs, Carolyn Ball, and Antwan Campbell



New Business

  • Carolyn Ball and Antwan Campbell as liaisons of RID wanted to assist GaRID in establishing a new board since the previous board had lapsed and only Phyl Thomas and Erika Bravo were nominated.

  • Discussion as to who can make appointments to the board ensued. By-Laws state that the previous Board can appoint board members when there is a vacancy.  Given that Phyl is the only returning board member, she is a majority of one and can appoint the entire board. 

  • Rashidah is interested in the treasurer’s position.  Grace is interested in being the vice president.  Erika is interested in being the secretary. 

  • Phyl appointed the following members to the board:

    • Grace Kirkwood-  VP (tbd)

    • Rashidah Shariff-Treasurer (tbd)

    • Erika Bravo- Secretary

    • Phyl Thomas- President

    • No MALS as of yet. 


  • LaToya is willing to be on the Professional Development Committee. 

  • Carolyn Ball is willing to share resources and asked if people knew about the upcoming AC Leadership Summit which will have panels to help everyone better understand their positions. 

  • Information shared on why the previous board might not have been functional.

  • The new board is excited to get going and restart GaRID.

  • Discussion about setting a theme or goals occurred. 

  • Antwan and Carolyn shared that the current RID mission is related to DEIAB. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging). Also, suggested that GaRID board meet soon to discuss what they might want their current goals to be for the upcoming board year. 


  1. Presidents of the RID affiliate chapters attend a meeting every Third Tuesday of the month or send a representative.  Next meeting will be on Feb. 20th at 8pm.  Phyl to attend. 

  2. New board members will send a headshot/portrait to Erika Bravo at in order to update the website with the new board members. 

  3. Meghan will get with Rashidah on how to be treasurer and assist her with her transition to Treasurer.

  4. Erika to get meeting notes out for approval, then will send them to the membership and file them on the website. 

  5. Grace to review the By-Laws.

  6. Phyl to let Erika know a good day to have a workshop on how to use Google Suites for the benefit of GaRID.

  7. LaToya would like to start planning for a Member At Large day to occur in April or May. 

  8. Phyl or Erika to send the new board member names to Antwan and Carolyn. 


The Change Starts with You

Make a Difference In Your Community Today

GaRID has been part of the Deaf Community since 1971 as GRID at first, then later changed to GaRID.  All of these years, we the interpreters of Georgia as a collective organization have worked to continue to improve the professionalism and quality of interpreters in this state.  In the beginning, GRID was involved in giving quality assurance tests to make sure that those who worked with Deaf folk were capable of doing so.  We've worked and continue to work with RID.  We also created a memorandum of understanding with GAD in July of 2015.  GaRID is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting the advancement of the ASL/spoken language interpreting profession.  We have a board of directors, we support our GaRID members as they move forward by providing workshops, trainings, mentorship, social opportunities and partaking in endeavors that will strive to improve the profession for interpreters to make a difference for the Deaf Community in Georgia.  Today, we continue to spread the importance of maintaining professionalism, while also expanding our own understanding of this word as it applies in settings that can be oppressive to those of other cultures/skin colors/racial differences/gender differences/sexual orientations/neuro divergences/and other differences of minority groups.  We work to impove ourselves also by collaborating with GCDHH and  the Governor's selected representative for the Commission for the Deaf/HH.

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GaRID is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  P.O. Box 613, Hahira, GA 31632.

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