There is little research on the marginalized groups in the interpreting profession. There is the need to gather data to discuss how we, marginalized groups, maintain our role boundaries through conflicts and stay adhered to ethics in our assignments. There is the need to assess whether ethnicity have impact on the work. There is little research on triggers of the marginalized groups and how we can maintain self care from vicarious trauma in the interpreting field.

In order to assess the unique position of Deaf interpreters of color and other marginalized groups in the interpreting profession to find the best approach to identify, describe, and examine the ethical decision making by the marginalized groups and how they are impacted by these decisions.

To provide a better understanding of Deaf interpreters of color and other marginalized groups and their approach to the interpreting field. Identifying ethical decisions makings to understand how we remain true to the Code of Professional Conduct that is established by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc and how we remain professional when we face conflicts in our role boundaries.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda R. Smith

Committee Member

Erica West Oyedele

Committee Member

Rosemary Wanis


deaf interpreters, marginalized groups, people of color, cultural brokering, intersectionality, ethics



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Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

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