Come to the CIT Conference

LESLIE: Aloha you know what’s exciting news? There’s only eight months left until the conference.

JENNY: Yes, in Berkeley, California amazing for diversity, culture and food. Come join us.

ROYCE: Hello, are you a teacher? Retire? A student, a mentor? Regardless, the CIT conference is the place to be! Come learn, enjoy and interact. See you there!

PATRICIA: I really want to go to CIT but wow it’s expensive. I don’t know if I could budget it.

MAX: Are you OK?

PATRICIA: I want to go to the conference. I’m a little upset. I don’t know if I have enough money. I’m worried cause I wanna go.

MAX: I got you, don’t worry. We have a plan, a plan to make installments. And the conference includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and evening entertainment. There are a few additional charges but if you want, please be in touch and let’s have a discussion about it to work it out.

CAROLE: Are you a teacher? a mentor? a researcher? Come to CIT where you can share your experience and knowledge and interact with others that are there for the same. Please join us.

EILEEN: Hello! Did you know CIT is in our 45th season? We are celebrating our 45th biennial conference!

PATRICIA: Hey, are you an interpreter? Me too. The CIT conference is an amazing place to interact with many years of experience and mentoring. This is a perfect place for you. Please come to support each other and join us in Berkeley, California.

JOSE-OVI: CIT – if you don’t know what that is please feel free to contact me and let’s talk about it.

Visiting the Berkeley Marina

Leslie: Hello, I am Leslie Greer, CIT President

Jenny: Hello, I am Jenny Gough CIT Vice President

Leslie: We came here at the hotel, DoubleTree Marina in Berkeley. It is so nice!

Jenny: It is so beautiful with good vibes. It is on the water which is the Bay. Across the bay from the hotel is the city of San Francisco. Here is the city of Berkeley and it is near Oakland. Berkeley has a lot of history such as Civil Rights, Human Right, strong diversity and more. It is perfect to come here and feel at home with diversity and many cultures.

Leslie: Let you know that Berkeley is the first city of strong diversity in the U.S. It has a strong of rebellions, Human’s Right and fights. Berkeley has had large numbers of civil rights protests since its inception. It is important to come here to see the historic city. It is really cool!

Jenny: Wow! It’s such an exciting place! Next year CIT will have its 45th anniversary. It is another mile mark in history that we get a historical stamp here!

Leslie: (clapping) STAMP! It is perfect to be here in this hotel. The anniversary is called the “Sapphire” blue gem. It is also blue Bay (not really but sort of). It matches with our CIT’s anniversary! Jenny: We are excited to announce that we will share more information, news and events. When you receive emails from us about the registration for the conference and hotel, you better grab a chance to reserve the register and hotel! We will have socializing and fun events every night. You will enjoy, laugh, and share your thoughts with other registrants. We have a special event cruise. The cruise will take us on the Bay. We will see the sights of the cities and will provide appetizers. It will be nice and exciting too.

Leslie: Thursday evening we will have fun activities such as games , creating skits and others. We also have other rooms for SIG (Special Interest Group) for people who want to have a private gathering in a room such as CODA only, BIPOC only or others. If you want to have your SIG, please let us know so we will reserve the room for SIG. The social evening will be in a different room. Jenny: We will have a community forum and round tables. We will assemble. There are many more events. Please look forward to seeing CIT’s emails. We will post the information on the website ( The information will include the hotel, schedules, conference information events, transportations and a kind of APP that we will use during the conference on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be more details. Keep checking the website. Leslie: We are excited that the Board and I decide to provide you a special treat. The registration will include 3 full Breakfast meals on Thursday thru Saturday and afternoon snacks, too. So you won’t be hungry during the conference. You will survive well with food including water and Starbucks coffee.

Jenny: This place is lovely. It is easy walking around, and socializing. You will make many good memories during the conference. We are excited.

Leslie: People who love running are perfect here. (Look at Jenny) How many miles on the jog runs? Jenny: It is 2 miles! They also have trails. We also have the park across the street not limited to jogging. It can be walking and dog friendly. You can bring your dog here. You will see cute squirrels. It is a nice sightseeings. It is located in East Shore Bay. It is such a natural environment. It is enjoyable and you will see boats also. It is so exciting! There is more! (Clapping) We are looking forward to seeing you. Come over!

Leslie: Yes! Come over and look forward to meeting you ALL!

A Trip to Berkeley

Coming soon

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.

Registration Options

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.

CIT Member Retired Registration 

CIT Member Registration

Graduate Student Registration

Non-member Registration

Coming soon...

Sign up for updates from CIT!