Intersectionality: Understanding Multiple Social Identities & Experiences of BIPOC Deaf

June 3, 2024 - July 1, 2024

‚ÄúIntersectionality is about fighting discrimination within discrimination, tackling inequalities within inequalities, and protecting minorities within minorities.‚ÄĚ

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In this course, interpreters will learn to analyze and identify the different identities relate to social norms and how each identity impacts in discrimination and/or privilege to differential racial treatments. Interpreters will learn how to use a multiple social identities framework for intersectionality. Interpreters will analyze and explore how individual’s experiences and their social identities impact oppression and how their identities have changed in different settings. Interpreters all who have privileges will learn how to use self-strategies and navigate with different degrees and spaces in responses to an individual’s experience and the impact it has on them experiencing oppressions. Interpreters need to learn how to create comfortable spaces and become better allies/co-allies to make sure interpreters provide individuals with access to their rights and resources in a diverse society.


Target Audience: Working Interpreters 

¬†(Please note: interpreting students should NOT participate in this course. For student oriented material, please email [email protected])


Educational Objectives for Introduction to Intersectionality: Re-Examining Our Implicit Biases:

  1. Participants will describe and summarize the concept of intersectionality.
  2. Participants will identify the relationship between different social identities and social norms.
  3. Participants will analyze by comparing and contrasting various intersectional strategies, interpretations, and theoretical analysis to illuminate cardinal identify categories such as, race, gender, and other statuses and their different settings in social phenomena and varied identity formations.
  4. Participants will identify how an individual’s identities when they are experienced being discriminated against and oppressed by people’s privilege.
  5. Participants will develop an action plan to address how they will reduce White Fragility in their work and/or social interactions with DPOC or ITOC.


Diversity Academy for Interpreters is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This PPO Professional Studies program is offered for 0.9 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

Diversity Academy promotes and supports policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias. 

Requests for accommodations must be submitted to [email protected].¬†

The proceeds from this course will be used to compensate diverse Deaf People of Color presenters and BIPOC facilitators in Diversity Academy.

Our courses are available to Diversity Academy members for $40 or to non-members for $65.



Philip J. Wolfe has a longstanding history as an advocate, pro-activist, and an antiracist worker who is white, Jewish, no pronouns, non-binary, pansexual, and Deaf. He grew up in upstate, New York, and was raised by his grandparents who were hearing and knew a little of any sign language. Philip has been proactivity involved with various LGBTQ activism at many levels throughout his life and is currently the President of Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf.¬† In 2013, Phillip moved to Portland, Oregon where he currently resides and continues to focus his antiracism work with the Black Lives Matter movement as well as many other social justice movements that continue to impact his journey toward dismantling many ‚Äėisms‚Äô and unpacking his white privileges.¬†

Since then, Philip has actively advocated for the rights of people with disabilities. Philip joined the Portland Commission on Disability and served as a Commissioner for 8 years. Early 2015, Philip has served on the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), mandated by the US Department of Justice to oversee policy and procedures for the Portland Police Bureau, and he also was the first Deaf Advocate to chair COAB.


Dr. Suzette Garay is Deaf BIPOC and a third generational Latina(x) from South America, Nicaragua and a third member of my 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 and teaches online diversity training courses and/or Interpreting sign language courses and currently facilitates the Dear White Interpreter course with the CAITE BHI program. She also co-owns a private online website working with many families, individuals, and private business owners about interpreting, accessibility, diversity, and advocacy with diverse DHHDB consumers at

Dr. Garay’s resume includes the following qualifications: 25+ years of direct teaching, evaluating, and mentoring with Special Education students, ASL/Interpreter students, working nationally-certified interpreters, and/or community business members who use American Sign Language for communicating with their consumers. She also has invaluable personal experience and success teaching, evaluating, and mentoring diverse deaf individuals and/or consumers from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.



Introduction to Intersectionality: Re-Examining our Implicit Biases

June 3 - July 1, 2024 - Live Zoom Meetings - Mondays or Tuesdays 4pm PST / 6pm CST / 7pm EST

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4 Sessions, Online Meetings

This course includes four sessions, videos, worksheets, plus weekly online interactive group sessions. 

Learn how to become an effective ally.

This course provides 0.9 CEUs.

This course meets the category of Power, Privilege and Oppression Category (PPO, PS CEUs).  



Topics Covered in This Course

This four-week course will take place in June and July 2024. You'll receive one module via email each week. Interactive discussions take place in the online community at Diversity Academy and via Zoom. 

Earn your CEUs from the comfort of home (or anywhere!).

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Diversity Academy is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This PPO Professional Studies program is offered for 0.9 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

Diversity Academy promotes and supports policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias.

Requests for accommodations must be submitted to¬†[email protected].¬†

Cancellation Policy: 

In the event that this course has to be canceled, we will notify you within 48 hours. We will provide an alternative course date. 

Should you decide that any of these courses are not for you, you may cancel with a full refund by the first week of the course. 


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