Vision: A diverse community of interpreters fluent in language and culture, engaging in critical thinking, and responsible for meaning transfer.
Diversity - We recognize that people have different cultural, linguistic, social, class, ethnic backgrounds or national origin. Each of us is enriched by the lives and experience of others. We actively seek input, counsel and involvement from many communities and from stakeholders who are under-represented in our field.
Cultural and Linguistic Sensitivity - We demonstrate appreciation for others through active listening and respect for one another's values and norms. We keep our minds open to new perspectives and challenge our own thinking.
Education - We value the broad range of ways in which people learn and in which education may be delivered. We seek to provide programming which meets the varied needs of interpreters and interpreter educators.
Access - We strive to design our materials to be accessible to the broadest audience possible.
Mission: The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers builds and promotes effective practices in interpreting education. The National Consortium draws upon the wisdom and energy of experts, consumers and other stakeholders to advance the field. The National Consortium is dedicated to challenging the status quo by promoting innovation, strong partner networks and multiculturalism throughout its programming. As responsible stewards of public funding, the Consortium is committed to products, programs and services that maximize resources and are replicable, measurable, sustainable and non-proprietary.
Goal: To increase the size, skill set, and diversity of the interpreting profession and advance the field of interpreting education.
Background: The Gallaudet University Regional Interpreter Education Center (GURIEC) is funded by the Department of Education Rehabilitation Service Administration to provide and sponsor activities that will increase the number and diversity of qualified interpreters. To effectively accomplish this task and to maximize resources, expertise, funding, and leadership, GURIEC has joined forces with five other RSA-funded Centers across the United States to create the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). We work to build partner networks with interpreter education service providers, practitioners, educators, and consumers locally, regionally and nationally.
The states within the GURIEC region are Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Areas of Focus: The National Consortium is involved in many activities in service to interpreters and interpreter-related programs, and work teams have been established through the National Consortium to focus on specific priorities with specific end-goals. Areas of focus include but are not limited to Deaf Advocacy Training, Interpreting Shortage, Deaf Interpreting, Legal Interpreting, Diversity, Healthcare Interpreting, Mentoring, and Interpreting Via Video.
GURIEC was re-awarded the Interpreter Training Program grant for 2010- 2015 from the US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.
We look forward to working with stakeholders, collaborators, and our Interpreter Education Center partners during the 2010 - 2015 grant cycle.