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We are excited to announce the 15th Annual Summer Symposium will be taking place Friday, June 24th – Sunday, June 26th!

ASL Immersion Track

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ASL Immersion Track: Led by Deaf instructors, this three-day program is designed to immerse ASL students at various levels in an ASL-only environment.

Dates: Friday, June 24th at 4:00pm – Sunday, June 26th at 3:00pm

Where: Northeastern University, Boston Campus (in person event)*

Registration Cost: $175 (includes lunch for both Saturday and Sunday)

*Limited financial scholarships available, apply through the registration link*

Deadline to register: June 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Registration is Required.

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be processed prior to 6/7/2022.

Cancelation Policy: Summer Symposium ASL Immersion and the Interpreting ‘Mentors Workshop’ registration refund policy a) before June 7, 2022 100% B) June 7- June 14 2022 50% C) After June 14, 2022 no refund will be given.

*On-campus housing is available for an additional fee (deadline: June 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET)*

Here a list of Hotels / Nearby Accommodation we recommend for those who wish to stay off campus.

*Room location and more details will be provided upon registration.

**Please send any and all requests for reasonable accommodations to Cayle O’Brien at c.obrien@northeastern.edu before Friday, June 3rd, 2022.

Interpreting Mentors Workshop

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Interpreting Mentors Workshop: Led by Lori Whynot, this workshop is designed for working interpreters who mentor and support novice and peer colleagues. Designed for anyone looking to build strategies and share techniques of mentorship and professional supervision.

Date: Saturday, June 25th 8:30am – 4:30pm

Where: Northeastern University, Boston Campus (in person event)*

Registration Cost: $90 ($75 for alumni)

*Limited financial scholarships available, apply through the registration link*

Deadline to register: June 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET

*Room location and more details will be provided upon registration.

**Please send any and all requests for reasonable accommodations to Cayle O’Brien at c.obrien@northeastern.edu before Friday, June 3rd, 2022.

Registration is Required.

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be processed prior to 6/7/2022.

Cancelation Policy: Summer Symposium ASL Immersion and the Interpreting ‘Mentors Workshop’ registration refund policy a) before June 7, 2022 100% B) June 7- June 14 2022 50% C) After June 14, 2022 no refund will be given.

RID CEU Information:

Northeastern University is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies Workshop is offered for 0.7 CEUs at Some Content Knowledge Level.

This workshop is presented in ASL. Requests for accommodations will be considered and must be received no later than 6/3/2022. Northeastern University does not discriminate in any way and actively promotes an environment of mutual respect, safety and equity. 

Meet the ‘ASL Immersion Track’ Instructors

Krishna Madaparthi

Krishna Madaparthi is a Deaf Canadian raised in the country’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. He has been a proud ASL instructor since 2014 and Deaf Interpreter since 2015. He has gained a vast deal of teaching experience in different educational environments, teaching online and abroad. His experiences range from community-based settings to post-secondary education to teaching in a foreign country. His most recent teaching experiences have been with the NPO-Japanese ASL Signer Society (JASS) in Tokyo, Japan, where he has been teaching ASL to Deaf (L2-M1) and hearing (L2-M2) Japanese signers. In addition to his practical experiences in the classroom, Krishna also serves as a research assistant to Dr. Kristin Snoddon’s ASL-Parent research programs with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Elisa Velez

Elisa M. Velez is a Deaf Latina, Connecticut native and American School for the Deaf (ASD) alumnus.  She comes from a Deaf Puerto Rican family.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Masters’ degree in Sign Language in Education from Gallaudet University.  She is currently working as an Adjunct ASL Professor in Massachusetts at several universities, and she has taught American Sign Language for over 8 years. Additionally, she has worked in the field of human services for over 20 years in Connecticut and Massachusetts at several agencies, such as D.E.A.F., Inc., Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the Learning Center for the Deaf, ASD – Adult Vocational Services, Family Services Woodfield, Community Enterprises, Inc., to name a few.  Also, she has been involved in the Deaf diverse communities on and off over the years.  She was enthralled with Deaf entertainment and Deaf stories since she was a young child, she is known for her talent entertainment and co-establishment, “The Deaf Velez Sisters Show” with her sister Ivy.

Meet the ‘Mentors Workshop’ Presenter

Lori Whynot

Dr. Lori Whynot has been interpreting professionally for 32 years and holds certification in the US , in Australia and is an accredited WASLI-WFD International Sign interpreter.  She currently is the director of the Northeastern University ASL and Interpreting Education Program. Lori has contributed to the advancement of sign language interpreting through teaching and practice, mentoring, and professional leadership in Massachusetts, Washington, DC, California, and in Melbourne and Sydney Australia. She previously established a mentorship program in San Diego and leads reflective practice case supervision sessions with peer and novice interpreters.