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Presenter: Dr. Suzette Garay

CEO Diversity Academy for Interpreters (DAI)

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.

*note* CEU information to follow shortly. 

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BUSINESS MEETING DURING FREE LUNCH, included in registration.


Dr. Suzette Garay- is a Deaf Person of Color (DPOC) and a third generational Latina(x) from South America, Nicaragua and a third member of a family who was born Deaf.  She holds the following degrees: BA, MA. PSY.S, and a Ph.D.  Her major areas of studies are Special Education with an emphasis on Deafness and Learning Disabilities, Psychology, and teaching of American Sign Language.  She is currently a retired Educational Psychologist who has worked with DHHDB+ children for more than 15+ years and currently teaches several online diversity & culturally responsive courses and through her own business at Diversity Academy and previously through the CAITE Behavioral Health Interpreter Program.  She also owns a private consultation practice working with many families, individuals, and private business owners about interpreting, accessibility, diversity, and advocacy with diverse DHHDB+ consumers.

Dr. Garay has the following qualifications: 25+ years of direct teaching, evaluating, and mentoring with Special Education students, ASL/Interpreter students, community/educational interpreters, and/or community business members whom use American Sign Language for communicating with their DHHDB+ consumers.  She also has a long history of invaluable personal experiences and success teaching, evaluating, and mentoring diverse deaf individuals and/or consumers from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.

She has taught distance education online courses and workshops in ASL Linguistics, Special Education, and disability social justice issues throughout the Midwest and at the international or national levels.  She is also a nationally certified American Sign Language Instructor and state certified master consultant and professional development trainer who enjoys working with families and very young children teaching them how to utilize American Sign Language with preverbal babies and those with communication disorders.  Dr. Garay can be reached for future workshops and/or consultations at

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Advanced Medical Interpreting – Interpreting in the Era of COVID-19

  • 07 Jun 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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Advanced Medical Interpreting – COVID 19 Webinar

June 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

*This workshop will be presented using Spoken English.  If you need an interpreter, please let us know on your registration form.*

Medical Interpreting in the Era of COVID-19

This workshop will prepare medical interpreters to work in medical settings while remaining safe and avoiding infection exposure.  Concepts taught during this session include:  infectious diseases, PPE (personal protection equipment), contact precautions, droplet precaution, airborne precautions, specific information about COVID-19 protocols and what to do before/after medical assignments to reduce the risk of infection.

Webinar is 2 hours in length (.2 PS CEUs) and will be conducted via Zoom.  Zoom login information will be sent to registrants the day before the workshop.  


Heather Brown, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

A native of Washington, DC, she received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Maryland College in 1995, with Summa Cum Laude honors and was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa Key. She then attended George Washington University for her PA training, matriculating in 1998. After that, graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Health Sciences, and a Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies in 2000. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Lynchburg in 2019.  She began working clinically as a Physician Assistant, practicing Emergency Medicine for the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. Heather moved to Atlanta, GA, Mercer University in 2011 to teach full time in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions. She continued to work in both urgent care and emergency medicine, and in 2015, returned full time, to work for Tenet Healthcare and Northside Hospital, in Atlanta, GA, and continues to teach at both Mercer University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Heather was awarded the Distinguished Fellow Award in 2013 by the American Association of Physician Assistants. She has presented at both local and national conferences, holds a patent with the US Patent Office, and has published articles in nationally peer reviewed journals, including Health Care Providers and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants in January of 2014 and The Use of Interpreters for Deaf Patients and Patients with Limited English Proficiency, in press for 2020. In her free time, Heather enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and running, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Thomas, friends and her two boxers, Millie and Avery.

Anna McDuffie, BS, CI, CT, SC:L, NIC

A native of Atlanta, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Interpreting for the Deaf. After graduation, she moved to Boston where she worked as a staff interpreter at the Learning Center for Deaf Children, a bilingual/bicultural school for the Deaf. She also worked part time at Boston University as an interpreter for various graduate programs. Anna returned to Atlanta in 1999 and has been working as a freelance interpreter for the past 21 years. She earned a Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration from RID in 1999, the Specialist Certificate: Legal from RID in 2008 and the National Interpreter Certification from RID in 2011. Anna began teaching medical interpreting workshops along with her co-presenter, Heather Brown, in 2008 and is very passionate about standardizing best practices for medical and legal interpreting. Additionally, they published an article in a nationally peer reviewed medical journal entitled Health Care Providers and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants in January of 2011. She also teaches workshops on legal interpreting.  Anna currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Eric. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her step-daughter, Cece, her fur kids, Lola and Pippa, traveling, and playing tennis.

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