Cultural Competence 1: Assess Your Unconscious Bias as an Interpreter

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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  


  • Pending


Learning objectives:

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:

You will:

  • 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.

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