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45th CIT
Biennial Conference

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Doubletree Berkeley Marina Bay
200 Marina Boulevard,
Berkeley, California

when

Wednesday, November 13 to
Saturday, November 16, 2024

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2024 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Soya Mori

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute of Developing Economies -JETRO

PLENARY SPEAKER

Eddie Martinez, Jr.

Gallaudet University Accommodation Coordinator in the Office of Students with Disabilities

CIT TALK SPEAKERS

Gloshanda Lawyer &
Kenton Myers

Black multilingual researcher/interpreter

ENDNOTE SPEAKERS

Franklin Jones, Jr.

Lecturer in Deaf Studies

Sharon Neumann Solow

Interpreter, Trainer, Performer, Lecturer, Author, Consultant
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We are  now in the regular registration rate for our upcoming 2024 CIT Conference is officially open!  Come and join us in celebrating the milestone achievement of entering the Sapphire era of our organization!  We are looking forward to your presence and the valuable contribution unions you will bring to this memorable gathering.

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Keynote Speaker

Soya Mori

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies - JETRO

Soya Mori is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies -JETRO, Japan with more than 30 years of experience doing many types of research on developing countries including the Philippines, India, Kenya, and Uganda. He studied at the Ph.D. program of the Department of Economics, University of Rochester, NY, and won two great prizes in Development Studies in Japan through his positive analysis of the livelihood of people with disabilities in the Philippines, the special research prize of Japanese Society of International Development in 2011 and the 17th OKITA Memorial Prize for International Development Research in 2013. Soya stayed at University of California, Berkeley 2017-2018 as a Visiting Research Fellow. Soya also works as a distinguished Deaf Sign Linguist in Japan and was the first Deaf president of the Japanese Association of Sign Linguistics (currently renamed the Japanese Association of Sign Language Studies).  Soya is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage youths to do research in the two fields and succeed. Soya is inspired daily by his wife, Ami and their two daughters. One of them lives in NY state with her husband. Soya and Ami look forward to visiting her after the CIT conference.

PLENARY Speaker

Eddie Martinez, Jr.

Accommodation Coordinator in
the Office of Students with Disabilities

Eddie Martinez, Jr., DeafBlind with a positively charming personality. I proudly graduated from Gallaudet University, achieving two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies. Presently, I am pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at Gallaudet University. Currently, I am employed at Gallaudet University as an Accommodation Coordinator in the Office of Students with Disabilities. I actively engage in several organizations, holding key roles in each. I served as President, and currently as Treasurer for the Metro Washington Association of the DeafBlind (MWADB). Additionally, I contribute as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). 

I’m deeply involved in advocating for DeafBlind Accessibility and Civil Rights with the Maryland Legislature in Annapolis, serving on the Maryland Advisory Council on Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  On both state and national levels, I represent the DeafBlind Interpreting Institute (DBII). Most recently, I’ve proudly participated as an actor for the ProTactile Theatre (PTT).

CIT TALK Speakers

Gloshanda Lawyer &
Kenton Myers

Black multilingual researcher/interpreter

Myers & Lawyer is a Black multilingual researcher/interpreter duo composed of Kenton Myers and Gloshanda Lawyer. Kenton Myers is a trilingual (ASL, Spanish, English) interpreter who is known for his leadership in the advancement of the interpretation and translation field. He serves as president of the Interpreters and Translators Association of Alabama (ITAA). He has co-authored a 40-hour English/Spanish language healthcare interpreter training program to prepare individuals for national certification. Gloshanda Lawyer, PhD is a trilingual (ASL, Spanish, English) interpreter and independent researcher. She advocates for multilingualism for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing populations. She has been a K-12 Deaf educator, early interventionist, and assistant professor of Deaf Education, Deaf Studies, and Interpreter Education. For the past year, Myers & Lawyer has been engaging in community-based research, creating resources and training materials, and publishing multilingual open access content for BIPOC interpreters and the organizations that contract for interpreting services. They focus on issues of power and justice in language access spaces.

Endnote Speaker

Franklin Jones, Jr.

Lecturer in Deaf Studies

Franklin Jones, Jr., serves as a lecturer in Deaf Studies and is pursuing a doctorate in Language & Literacy Education with a specialization in Deaf Studies at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. In his primary role, he instructs students at various proficiency levels in American Sign Language (ASL). His research interests focus on Black American Sign Language (BASL), delving into its historical origins, linguistic intricacies, cultural significance, and the resilience of Black Deaf males in higher education.

 Prior to joining Boston University, Professor Jones gained valuable experience as a lecturer at Gallaudet University. This esteemed position was attained through a highly competitive selection process. At Gallaudet University, he successfully taught ASL to a diverse range of students, including Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals. This experience significantly enhanced his teaching skills and deepened his understanding of ASL communication dynamics.

Professor Jones is recognized as a distinguished speaker on educational, linguistic, and cultural equity within Deaf communities. His expertise extends to various areas, including the Black Deaf experience, ASL, BASL, deaf culture, linguistics, and pedagogy. Additionally, he has delivered impactful presentations, contributing to the broader discourse on Deaf studies and linguistic diversity.

Endnote Speaker

Sharon Neumann Solow

Interpreter, Trainer, Performer,
Lecturer, Author, Consultant

Sharon Neumann Solow works with great commitment and joy as an interpreter, trainer, performer, lecturer, author and consultant. Her career, spanning over 50 years, has taken her around the United States, and to Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of two books, Sign Language Interpreting: A Basic Resource Book and Say It with Sign along with numerous professional articles and handbooks and is presently working on an exciting new book.

Her travels and some of her conference work have involved interpreting using international gesture (a gestural, pantomimic form of communication across language barriers). Along with teaching sign language interpreters at all levels, she has been involved in the education of spoken language interpreters and interpreter educators through the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Sharon is honored to be a long standing member of efsli(The European Federation of Sign Language Interpreters). She is an active member of the RID (Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf – US) and CIT (Conference of Interpreter Trainers – US), holding the NAD (National Association of the Deaf – US) SIGN (Sign Language instructor) Comprehensive Permanent Certificate as well as the RID Specialist Certificate: Legal and was certified as a Happiness coach in 2022.

The 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from Region V RID, the 2016 RIT/NTID Award of Appreciation as well as the 2010 joint RID – CIT Mary Stotler Award, she was honored with the 2005 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) President’s Award and the President’s Award for 2005 from the National Association of Black Interpreters (NAOBI). She also received the 1987 national Virginia Hughes Award for outstanding contributions to the field of sign language interpreting. Sharon has lived in California on the Monterey Peninsula since 1984. She and her husband have two wonderful children and 5 delicious granddaughters.

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