Cultural Competence 1: Assess Your Unconscious Bias as an Interpreter
Course description: An introduction to cultural competence for interpreters with a focus on assessing how implicit bias can impact the interpreting encounter—and what to do about it.
Course length: 1.5 hours
After completing this course, you will be able to:
Use research-based strategies to assess your unconscious bias while interpreting.
Assess the potential consequences of intervening during an interpreted session (and why your decision matters).
What you will get:
Your video host: Madap Sharma, MA
9 interactive exercises, including two self-assessment protocols and four role plays (two in 9 language pairs and two in English only)
A clear and simple introduction to a complex topic
An implicit bias “toolbox,” including access to a film about unconscious bias and an introduction to the world’s the most famous implicit bias tests (Harvard’s Project Implicit)
Strategies to assess how unconscious bias affects interpreters and other participants in the encounter
Sections from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting
Course completion certificate
How this lesson will improve your practice:
Have a deeper understanding of the way all humans are biased, how bias isn’t “bad” but how bias can cause problems for the interpreted session.
See how you, as a community interpreter, can avoid causing harm with your own unconscious bias.
Be better able to detect or prevent harmful situations caused by unconscious bias.