PPO Studies: Mean Little Deaf Queer

A four-week PPO Studies course in honor of Pride Month! 

Earn 0.940 PPO CEUs.

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Next Webinar:

Not Your Typical LGBTQ Model: The Deaf LGBTQ + POC Experiences within LGBTQ Spaces

with Dr. Suzette Garay

June 27, 2021

7 - 9 pm EST

(This webinar is FREE for Diversity Academy members--the Zoom link will be emailed to you.)

Non-members, purchase here: 

Webinar Info

Coming in 2021 at Diversity Academy:

SANKOFA Monthly Spotlight Series, sponsored by Sorenson. An online show featuring hosts, Shana Gibbs and Christopher Robinson. The healing process of having "uncomfortable" conversations about PPO (Power, Privilege, and Oppression).

The meaning of SANKOFA from Wikipedia:

"You must reach back to reclaim that which is lost in order to move forward."

The "Sankofa" is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.

Diversity Mindfulness:

A course that narrows the "gap" between intention and action.

Interpreting for Accessibility:

A course that introduces interpreters to the spaces of Latinx Deaf Consumers.

Exploring Indigenous Ways:

An introduction for Interpreting with Indigenous Deaf People.

New PPO Book Studies:

A four-week course featuring the book, "Mean Little Deaf Queer" by Terry Galloway

A four-week course featuring the book, "Me and White Supremacy" by Layla Saad

Allyship Mug

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All proceeds go to support our diverse speakers and their work.

Allyship--it starts with you. 

Yes, I'm an Ally--I Want a Mug!

 eBook by Diversity Academy

Common Interpreter Microaggressions Experienced by Diverse Deaf Communities. 


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Join a diverse community of interpreters and Deaf and Hard of hearing professionals. 

Continued Learning

Webinars, Q & A sessions, mentorship, trainings, tutoring, and more! Obtain the CEU's you need to continue your professional journey. 

Diverse Resources

Celebrating the differences among us--and understanding those differences in a deep way. 

Who is Diversity Academy For? 

• Recent graduates of interpreter training programs or entry level interpreters working into their 1-3 years of services who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities beyond their respective programs and/or seeking better opportunities for diversified interpreting work.

• Certified or Restrictive Licensure Educational interpreters preparing for national certification tests (NIC or BEI) or diverse ASL skills assessments required by the state, school district or an interpreter referral agency for interpreting in community-based settings.

• Working interpreters looking to increase their cultural competence for working with diverse Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deafblind populations such as DPOC, LGBTQA, and/or other marginalized groups.

• Certified or experienced interpreters seeking increased fluency in a specialized or diverse complex settings (except for medical or legal that requires further specialized training beyond the scope of focus of Interpreter Academy Online).

• Others who want to improve their overall Diverse ASL communication skills, including parents of diverse Deaf or hard-of-hearing children, teachers and other professionals who work with diverse Deaf or hard-of-hearing students. 

Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who want to learn or improve their ASL, particularly if their language training while growing up was signed English, PSE, or primarily oral language.

Your Team Members

Dr. Suzette Garay and Karen Putz, MA have over 30 years of experience training, evaluating, and working with interpreters in various settings. 

Diverse Speakers and Topics

Your membership includes online webinars featuring diverse Deaf and diverse Interpreters. Each webinar gives you 0.2 PPO CEUs. You can view these webinars anytime, anywhere. Each speaker presents LIVE, and then the replays are available to view on your own time. Members are required to take a pre- and post-assessment, presenter evaluation, additional reading, and participate in the online discussion forum. to earn 0.2 PPO CEUs.

Your membership includes monthly webinars featuring diverse Deaf and Interpreters sharing their wisdom on various topics, especially related to Power, Privilege, and Oppression.  The webinars can be viewed anytime, anywhere. CEUs are processed in the following month after the webinar is completed. 

CEUs are processed by Purple Communications. Sorenson interpreters have their CEUs processed by Sorenson. 

Dr. Suzette Garay

Topic: Understanding Diversity, Privilege, and Power from a Diverse Deaf Perspective

Socorro Garcia

Topic: Understanding Boundaries of Interpreters as Members of Diverse Communities 

Shana Gibbs

Topic: Strategies for Providing Corrective Feedback with Interpreters of Color

Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody

Topic: How Do the Missing Pieces of Training Affect PPO with Native/Indigenous Deaf/Hard of Hearing People?

Joseph LJ Williams

Topic: Forget the ITP and Interpret for ME! 

 Lisa Weems

Topic: Understanding the PPO Dynamics for Interpreters of Color--So You Wanna Talk About Differences?

Warren Snipe

Topic: Understanding the Interpreting Challenges with Black Deaf Talent in the Entertainment Industries

 Dr. Tina Childress

Topic: Where Are You FROM?

Christopher Robinson

Topic: Respecting & Valuing Interpreters of Color

Amber Galloway

Topic: How Does PPO Impact Music interpreting: The Raw Truth

Crescenciano Garcia-Campbell Jr.

Topic: Understanding Unearned Privileges & Power Dynamics that Impact the Working Relationships with Interpreters of Color

Dr. Alesia Allen

Topic: How Systems Lead to the Provision of Power, Privilege, and Oppression in the Interpreting Profession

Jolanta Shares Her Experience with the "Cracking the Shell of Whiteness" course:

Diversity Academy Membership

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Monthly webinar instruction from a Diverse Deaf perspective and/or Interpreter perspective (includes pre- and post-assessments,, evaluations, discussions for 0.2 CEUs.

Access to courses for additional CEUs (some included, some at a discounted price). 

Community Discussion Center

Additional diversity resources

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Monthly webinar instruction from a Diverse Deaf perspective and/or Interpreter perspective (includes pre- and post-assessments,, evaluations, discussions for 0.2 CEUs.

Access to courses for additional CEUs (some included, some at a discounted price). 

Community Discussion Center

Additional diversity resources

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"I can speak personally and professionally on behalf of the mentoring services provided by Dr. Garay. As a former mentee I directly benefited from her constructive feedback and attention to detail. As my ASL and interpreting skills grew so did my appreciation for the Deaf community and diversity. Dr. Garay has an ability to aid in the application of skill building and tailor it to the specific communities that we serve as interpreters modeling best practices."

Amber Mullett
RID Certified Interpreter WMP Program Manager

"Karen Putz is an excellent storyteller. Her presentation was very clear and organized. She was thoughtful regarding IRID workshop activities and encouraged participants to self-reflect in their own passions as well as interact with others to build connections with other participants. She lead us to a reinforcing path to re-connect with our passion and enthusiasm for our profession. After her presentation, we felt energized and ready to dive in with renewed energy. "

Teri Hedding, President
Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

"Dr. Garay has the ability to assess both ASL & English language skills and incorporate immediate tools to improve interpreting skills and opportunities for real life diverse experiences."

Donna Langwasser
Waukesha County Technical College-Interpreter Coordinator & Disability Services

"As a non-traditional interpreter, returning after a 12-year hiatus, Suzette mentored me for almost two years. Suzette's level of professionalism, experience, and qualifications provided me the resources, direction, and motivation to pass my NIC written and prepare me for the EIPA and the NIC. "

Carrie Peters
Certified Educational Interpreter

"I’ve sent my students to interpret for Karen Putz and they come back with a renewed spirit for the field. Karen is a masterful encourager who knows just how to put interpreters at ease so they learn and improve. I wish each of my students could have her as a mentor because she seems to be able to help them move forward in their craft and in the field of professional interpreting. I’m so grateful when my students have the opportunity to work with her."

Cassie Coburn
Assistant Professor of Interpreter Training and Sign Language

Frequently Asked Questions

Your monthly membership includes: 

Community forum where you can interact with DHH professionals and other interpreters

Webinars with training by diverse Deaf BIPOC professionals and Interpreters and Transliterators. (CEUs included!)--the webinars can be viewed anytime, anywhere--at your own pace.

Videos, resources, and other training materials

Additional CEUs can be earned via courses at a nominal cost

One-on-one coaching is provided at an additional cost

 Yes, all webinars are available to be viewed anytime, anywhere 

Each webinar has a Pre-Assessment, Post-Assessment, additional reading/viewing, and evaluation,

Once you complete each step and submit the evaluation, your CEUs will be processed. Allow up to 60 days to receive your CEUs. 


Yes, courses and webinars are approved for CMPs (Certification Maintenance Programs).

The webinars fall under the Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO) category. 

CEUs are processed at the end of each month and can take up to 60 days to be issued via email. 

CEUs are processed by Purple Communications. Sorenson interpreters are processed by Sorenson. 


Diversity Academy for Interpreters supports diversity in every form. The materials and resources provided here are shared from a variety of sources and Diversity Academy for Interpreters does not claim ownership for shared resources. We also recognize and credit individual contributions to Diversity Academy for Interpreters. 

CEUs are processed by Purple Communications. CEUs for Sorenson interpreters are processed by Sorenson. 



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