The Conference of Interpreter Trainers

2024 Biennial Conference

“We All Belong: Resilience and Reinvention”

45th Anniversary


November 13-16, 2024

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina

Berkeley, California


Link for Proposal Form at the bottom of this page.

For questions about the Call for Proposals, contact CIT 2024 Conference Program

This is an invitation for you to submit your proposal(s) for our 2024 CIT Conference. We strongly encourage presenters from marginalized communities to submit proposals aimed at positively impacting audiences from these communities. Underrepresented communities may include people of color, indigenous peoples, New Americans, and first-generation Americans, LGBTQIA communities, minority religious and spiritual traditions, and more.

With this theme, “We All Belong: Resilience and Reinvention”, we will convene together to revisit current societal changes and their impact on the interpreter education field.  Throughout the conference, we will navigate and reinvent our approaches as we work through environmental, demographic, economic, social, and political changes.

Together, we need to revisit current societal changes, and identify the challenges that arise when considering interpreter education, interpretation pedagogy, methods, and approaches. We have many opportunities to reevaluate and build resilient strategies, while reaching out to diverse communities and the Deaf community. 

Deadline for Proposals: The proposals must be submitted by Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. No exceptions.

ACCEPTANCE: Notifications will be made by Monday, May 15, 2024. Selected presenters must confirm by Monday, May 30, 2024. Once confirmed by May 30, 2024, your presentation abstract, headshot photo and bio will be published. All accepted presenters who selected the option of submitting a paper for publication in the 2024 Conference proceedings are expected to submit the final draft for the proceedings by September 15, 2024. Further information about the conference proceedings and the editing processes can be found below.


The CIT Biennial Conference is an essential professional development event for sign language interpreter educators and mentors. CIT was established in 1979 and has provided leadership and training for interpreter educators for 45 years. Presenters come from all over the world and volunteer to share their work, research, and expertise with all attendees.


As voted on by members, Conference of Interpreter Trainers’ language policy is the use of American Sign Language (ASL) throughout its national conference. This policy aligns with CIT’s mission and vision statement emphasizing collaboration with diverse community members.


As determined by the board, for Deaf and hearing international conference registrants, CIT will provide International Sign interpretation upon request.  For other language presenters, it is encouraged that they bring their own language interpreters.

Presenting at the CIT Biennial Conference is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. All proposals are selected by the Program Committee. The benefits of presenting at the conference are as follows:

Increased Recognition

  • You will be featured in the CIT e-program book and CIT conference website.
  • You will be recognized as a presenter with a presenter’s ribbon throughout the conference.
  • You will have an option to publish your presentation in the digital proceedings of the CIT 2024 conference.
  • You will gain recognition and advancement of your profession by presenting and contributing to the interpreter education field.

For first-time presenters, we will provide support in the form of instructional videos on filling out CEU forms and valuable tips. Additionally, if you require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Support team at


Resilience and reinvention are essential in navigating the multi-faceted changes we face. As we adapt to new circumstances, resilience provides us with strength, while reinvention allows us to align with the evolving world.

Interested individuals and groups are invited to submit abstracts that reflect an approach to Interpreter Education, and the development of well-rounded interpreter practitioners and mentors that fit with the conference theme, “We All Belong: Resilience and Reinvention”. While maintaining resilience, we must also address reinvention strategies to make changes that align with societal changes.

Submissions should reflect the conference theme. The following are recommended topics:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging (DEIAB) in pedagogy, mentoring and research.
  • Recognizing-isms in interpreter education and mentoring approaches
  • Applications of interpreting theories into skills
  • Traditional classroom versus online learning
  • Integrating learning styles and multiple intelligences
  • Interpersonal relations with multiple diverse individuals and communities
  • Performance monitoring/achievable performance assessments
  • Ethical making decisions
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT revolution: its impact on interpreter education
  • Technology in Interpreter Education
  • Societal influences on students’ mental health
  • Self-care during this rapid-changing time
  • Mindfulness
  • Innovative research study
  • Mentoring approaches and techniques
  • Leadership within interpreter education

The target audience for the conference includes ASL and interpreting educators, mentors, in-service trainers and researchers.

Proposals: Presenters are invited to submit signed videos and written abstracts which reflect an holistic approach to Interpreter Education, and the development of well-rounded interpreter practitioners and mentors. Topics should revolve around the 2024 CIT Conference theme: “We All Belong: Resilience and Reinvention”. The CIT Conference aims to soar to new heights by prioritizing research, mentoring, teaching & leadership.

The target audience for the conference includes interpreter educators, mentors, in-service trainers, and researchers as well as those from international countries.


In your proposal(s), CIT will accept both video and written abstracts, educational objectives, program book descriptions. 

  • For reviewers, video abstracts should be no longer than three minutes, while written abstracts (in English) must be no more than 500 words.
  • Video description should be no longer than three minutes, while written description (in English for publication) is a maximum of 150 words. 
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified. Your video and English description of the presentation along with your headshot and BIO will be published on CIT’s Conference website. 
  • The video may be in a naturally occurring sign language (ASL, Auslan, BSL, JSL, International Sign, or other sign languages).

ACCEPTANCE: As mentioned above, notifications will be made by Wednesday May 15, 2024, and selected proposals must be confirmed by Thursday, May 30, 2024.

All accepted presenters have an option to submit a paper in written English and an abstract in ASL version on a video with a link for the proceedings will be due by September 15, 2024.

See below about Conference proceedings.

Reminder: Proposals must be submitted by April  15, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. No exceptions.

Please click here to submit your proposal.

For 2024 Conference Proceedings

Check in the box on the form for submission if you wish to have your presentation published in the digital 2024 Conference proceedings and that you agree to follow the timelines for publication and follow the instructions provided by the Proceeding Editor(s).

June 15, 2024: 1st Draft of paper for the Proceedings due. If the initial draft is not submitted by the deadline, your paper will not be published.

August 1, 2024: Returned Draft w/ Feedback

September 15, 2024: Final draft of Proceedings Paper, along with the signed abstract.

Nov 13-16, 2024: CIT CONFERENCE


Proposers must identify a single format and length as their primary choice. They may also choose a secondary format, in the case that the proposal, after review, is not accepted for the primary format/length. In addition, the Program Committee, after review, may offer an alternate different format/length option which the submitter can accept or reject.  

  • Lectures (1.5 hours)
  • Interactive Seminars (1.5 hours)
  • Panel Discussions (1.5 hours)
  • Workshops (1.5 hours or 3 hours,)
  • CIT Lab (1.5 hours or 3 hours)


Lectures: designed to offer time for presenters to share research findings, lived-experiences, best practices such as innovative assessment practices, including collaborative approaches, online teaching, student diversity, community, and implementing research, aligning with the ‘resilience and reinvention’ of the theme as well as how we all belong together; a Q&A session should be included. 1.5 hours

Interactive Seminars: designed to offer time for the presenter(s) to interact with the participants to discuss a given topic and share their experiences for possible solutions and strategies for making transformative changes in lesson plans, course topics and/or the curriculum of the course and/or the program or mentoring approaches, research approaches. The focus is to be in line with the conference theme, Resilience and Reinvention. 1.5 hours

Panel Discussions: designed to offer time for individuals or groups to share original research, projects, and/or activities with the audience that may include a panel or an open Q&A format as the materials are presented. The focus is a meta-academic discussion regarding findings, and/or lived-experiences within the realm of education of interpreters in any signed language. Themes aligning with ‘resilience and reinvention’ including interpreting practitioners, mentors, language tutors, translators, Directors of Artistic Sign Language, and those who are missing from our narratives are encouraged. 1.5 hours

Workshops: designed to offer a more extended time frame to engage with participants in an interactive format focusing on skill-building activities. Presenters are encouraged to share innovative assessment practices, including collaborative approaches, online teaching, student diversity, community, and implementing research. Proposals should indicate how the time is allotted and how the time will be used to encourage participant interaction and active learning. 1.5 hours or 3 hours

CIT Lab:  designed for focusing on hands-on use of digital devices and softwares. CIT Lab will have tables with outlets on each table for laptops. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptops. The lab is designed for a presenter or facilitator to engage with the participants for skills building or learning activities for instructional purposes. The lab is also designed to provide training on the use of technology and apps for instructional activities. 1.5 hours or 3 hours.


Proposals not meeting the criteria, based on the scores from the reviewers for the conference may be considered as an option as posters and offered to the person who submitted the proposals to accept this option or not.  Should the option to do a poster is accepted, guidelines for posters will be sent.


Proposals need to provide the following:

  • First and last name of primary presenter
  • City, State, Country of primary presenter
  • Biography sketch: up to 150 words
  • Headshot photo
  • Contact information (mobile, VP, text, and email address)
  • If more than one presenter, BIO, headshot, contact information of each co-presenter must be included.
  • Title of proposal
  • Abstracts, descriptions, educational objectives in both ASL, other signed language, or International Sign (IS) AND in written English. Each version of the abstract, description, and educational objectives must reflect parallel information in each language.
  • Educational objectives with three or more objectives must be included as part of the proposal.
  • Signed abstract: up to 3 minutes.
  • Written abstract: up to 500 words.
  • Signed description of the presentation for the program book: up to 1 minute
  • Written description of the presentation for the program book: up to 200 words 

All of the abstracts received will be reviewed based on the rating form below. The proposals not accepted as workshops, shareshops, or presentations may be considered as posters.

For CEU submission, proposals must follow RID CEU format.

Helpful Hints: Be sure to have this information ready when you click on the “Submit CIT 2024 Proposal Abstract Here” link. You can download a copy of the submission form here to help you prepare your submission. It is recommended all information be gathered before submitting the form online.

  • Title of Proposal
  • Headshot photo
  • Bio sketch: Limit: 150 words
  • Contact information with mobile/VP phone, text, email address
  • If there is more than one presenter, have names, headshots, BIOs, and contact information for each presenter, they need to be included in the proposal.
  • ASL, IS, or other signed language video abstract with link to your video. Limit: Three minutes maximum
  • Written English abstract with three or more educational objectives: Limit: 500 words.
  • A link for the video in ASL, IS, or other signed language video (Limit: 1 minute) maximum to be used in promotional materials and Written English description (Limit: 200 words)
  • Consent to share both written and video abstracts via CIT advertisements, CIT website, and program book.
  • Preferred format for the presentation
  • Length (if there is an option for the chosen format): 1.5 hour or 3 hours.
  • Preferred days for the presentation
  • All presenters will be notified of the status of their proposals by 5/15/2024.          



CIT recognizes the crucial need for reviewers who bring diverse perspectives. Reviewers will include CIT members of the Program committee with additional reviewers recruited from some specific organizations, such as ASLTA, NAD, RID, NAOBI, Mano a Mano.


Reviewers will be assigned to review proposal abstracts and educational objectives, based on their areas of expertise, and are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest known ties to proposers (e.g. co-faculty or co-presenter; member of proposed panel, research advisor; mentor/supervisor/teacher).


Review Process: Reviewers will use a rubric for rating scores. In the case of a disparity in reviewing the proposal, an additional reviewer will be consulted. In addition to the selection rubric, and depending on the number of proposals received for review, CIT reserves the option to limit submissions to:

  • One submission per primary presenter
  • Proposals that present evidence of research-based practices, theories and concepts
  • Offer an alternate presentation format and length.

Timelines for 2024 Conference Presenters

April 15, 2024     Proposal Submissions Due

May 15, 2024       Notification of Status of Proposals

May 30 , 2024       Confirmation of acceptance, non-acceptance, or an offer for poster if not accepted


For questions about the Call for Proposals, contact CIT 2024 Conference Program

Click here to Submit a Proposal

Tentative Schedule

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.

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.

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.

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