Unlearning Interpreterese, Improving our ASL to English Interpreting PD Workshop 4/20/2024

As we make our way into Spring, let us take some time to brush up on our ASL to English skills shall we? Please join us for “Unlearning Interpreterese” presented by Cody Simonsen on Saturday April 20th, 2024 from 9:00am to 12:00pm located at Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (5709 S 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84123)

April 20, 2024
9:00am- 12:00pm
5709 S 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Presented by Cody Simonsen
Explore the art of ASL to English interpreting- sometimes known as “voicing”. Uncover and overcome habitual pitfalls in ASL to English work while mastering techniques for conveying true meaning. Dive into practical tips to expand your English vocabulary, empowering you to articulate concepts more effectively. Through interactive group activities, participants will practice and refine their skills in a collaborative environment. Whether you’re a seasoned interpreter or just starting, join us for an impactful session to elevate your proficiency, boost confidence, and deepen your ability to facilitate connection between consumers. This workshop is Deaf Interpreter friendly!

This Workshop will be presented in person at the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (5709 S 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84123)

Members: $35, Non-Members: $70, Students: $10

Purchase your ticket (you must be logged into your member account to see the reduced price).

UTRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs/3 CEHs at the little/none Content Knowledge Level. To request accommodations contact [email protected]. Click here to view UTRID cancellation/refund policies.

UTRID does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, disability, marital status, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

2024 Theme and Mission Announcement

Dear UTRID Members,

2024 Theme

After considerable deliberation, the board decided on  “Come Together” as the theme for 2024. An anthem of our commitment to unity, collaboration, and progress, it’s a call to action for us as professionals to bring not only ourselves together but also the skills and talent we carry into our work for the benefit of the consumers we serve. 

2024 Mission

In the coming year, our focus is on bringing together UTRID’s operations for clarity, transparency, and alignment. We aim to structure our processes for easy communication and handoff, benefitting our board, committee members, and cherished members.

This entails documenting our operational procedures, transforming valuable insights into tangible processes. By streamlining our operations now, we’re laying a robust foundation for UTRID’s long-term success and sustainability.

2024 Events

While this internal alignment takes place, we remain committed to providing essential professional development opportunities for you and your colleagues:

  • Spring Workshop: March 16th
  • Multi-day Summer Conference: Aug. 8-10th
  • Fall Networking Social: TBA
  • Continued Processing of CEUs State-wide 

2024 Board

Meet the dedicated individuals leading UTRID in 2024. Follow this link to view contact info and responsibilities.

UTRID is a volunteer led and operated organization; we are always looking for colleagues to join us in bringing the mission and events of 2024 to life. We believe in your brilliance and value your contribution, big or small. Ready to give back to our community? Reply to this email.

Your continued support is invaluable as we strive for clarity and alignment within UTRID. Together, let’s build a future where unity and collaboration flourish.

Sub for Santa – Donations Close Wednesday Dec. 20

Join us! Giving back to the Deaf Community sustains us throughout the year. This holiday season, our Sub for Santa initiative partners with Sego Lily Center for Abused Deaf (SLCAD) to assist families in need. We’re sponsoring a family of 5 children who have placed their Christmas wishes in the hands of the interpreting community.  

🎁 How You Can Help: Visit our Amazon Registry wishlist at https://rb.gy/8hb415 to view the items and make a purchase. Your purchased donation will be sent directly to SLCAD, who will ensure that they reach the family in time for Christmas.

⛄ Support Alternatively: Monetary donations of any size are also welcome; all donated funds go directly to the family’s needs. Send by PayPal or Venmo @UTRID or by card at utrid.com/donations.

📅 Deadline for Donations: To allow SLCAD enough time to wrap up the gifts and deliver them to the family, please ensure your donations are made by December 20th.

Your generosity can bring joy and brighten the holiday season for this family. Let’s come together as a community to make a difference and spread the true spirit of giving. Thank you for your support and generosity in advance!

For any questions, please email Pamela at [email protected]. Thank you!

November News

Save the Date: Sub for Santa Event

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 10:30 AM to Noon

Membership Survey Response Winners

The Board expresses our gratitude to the individuals who submitted responses to the 2024 Membership Survey. As promised, respondents were eligible for a prize drawing! This year’s winners are…

  1. April Wallace — 2024 Conference Ticket
  2. Alexis Jackson — Workshop Voucher
  3. McCall Cannon — Workshop Voucher

Call for Public Relations Committee Members

Are social media, communications, or newsletters kind of your thing? Well, we are in luck! The board is now seeking members to serve on the UTRID Public Relations Committee in 2024.

Involvement entails supporting the committee chair and UTRID board in communicating with the membership and Deaf community via email announcements, social media interactions, and graphic design.

Interested and ready to give back to our profession? Respond to this email.

More is coming…

Last weekend, the UTRID Board of Directors gathered at the 2024 Board Retreat for Annual Planning. We are excited to share our vision for the new year with you soon—more info to come in December.

Happy Holidays!

2024 Membership Survey: Reminder and Technical Difficulties

Hopefully you had a safe and fun Halloween! 🎃 

Here is a reminder to share your thoughts with the UTRID Board of Directors this week by submitting the 2024 Membership Survey (linked here).

If you experienced technical difficulties while submitting your response over the weekend, please reply to this email for help finalizing your submission.

Responding before this Friday, November 3 makes you eligible for a prize drawing. See here for more details.

Your Input Wanted — 2024 Membership Survey

Follow this link to view in ASL.

Scroll down to view survey.

Hello, wonderful members of UTRID. Thank you for reading this post. My name is Tanner Vance, and I am the new president of UTRID.

UTRID’s purpose is to support you and the membership by providing professional development opportunities to benefit the Interpreting community and the deaf community as we enrich our professional abilities. The 2023–2025 board will soon gather for our annual board retreat, where we will plan for 2024, and we want to know your thoughts. We want your feedback regardless of whether you are Deaf, hearing, a certified interpreter, a novice interpreter, a student or CDI, or someone just starting your practice. We want your feedback, please.

UTRID has a history of impact throughout our state and is a recognized Affiliate Chapter nationally. The 2023 board wants to continue this legacy and growth, which requires your feedback. We believe striving to thrive is vital, and we do that as an organization by recognizing your needs (past, present, and future), how they have changed, and what new needs have become apparent so we can adapt our programming to benefit you. Before we can do this, however, we have to collect your input. This is where we ask for your help.

We’ve created a Google form, which is linked here. Filling the survey out will take about 10 to 15 minutes (15 max). The form will close in two weeks on Sat. November 11 at 10 PM. If you submit it before next Sat. November 4 at 10 PM, you may enter a three-winner prize drawing for a free ticket for the annual conference or a workshop next year. It will be a 2 1/2 day conference as opposed to last year’s 1 1/2  mini conference. It will be a fun-filled, excellent time!

I hope you can take the time to send in your thoughts. Your submission will be of value to us as we plan for next year, and you as our events can better match your needs. I look forward to reading your responses. Thank you and have a great day!

Click here to open the form in a new tab.


Call for Board Nominations: An Invitation to Strive to Thrive at UTRID

UTRID is now seeking nominations for 2023-2025 board positions. Do you know an interpreter who…

  • …cares about our colleagues and consumers and is ready to give back to the Deaf and interpreter communities here in Utah?
  • …wants to make a difference in the profession and their career?
  • …loves to work with and learn from colleagues across specialties?

If any of the above descriptions seem like you or someone you know, please consider sending a nomination for a position listed below. (See nomination directions at the bottom of this bulletin.) Board positions will be voted into office during the annual UTRID Business Meeting on August 5th 2023.

UTRID's 2023 Theme: STRIVE TO THRIVENominations are now open for the following positions:

  • President
    • The President shall have general supervision and direction of the business and affairs of the organization. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and/or Directors and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors or the members.
    • The President shall appoint Committee Chairpersons with approval of the Board of Directors.
    • The President shall share, with the Treasurer, the right to sign checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds.
    • The President shall provide yearly reports to the membership regarding the actions of the Board of Directors, the financial status of the organization, activities of the committees and other activities of the organization.
    • The President shall represent the organization at national and regional RID conferences, attending applicable business and organizational meetings. To aid in this responsibility, UTRID will either reimburse or schedule and pay directly for the President’s transportation, registration and accommodations, totaling up to 10% of the organization’s current account balance, but not to exceed $1500. 
    • The President shall provide an annual report and all other documentation to the RID National Representative in accordance with the RID Affiliate Chapter Requirements.
  • Secretary 
    • The Secretary shall keep a full and accurate record of allproceedings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership meetings.
    • The Secretary shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of business and shall make service of such notices as may be necessary or proper.
    • The Secretary shall supervise the keeping of the records of the organization.
    • The Secretary shall perform other duties of the office as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • MAL (Student Involvement Chair)
    • The Student Involvement MAL is responsible for forming a committee to plan workshops and Student focused activities for the membership of UTRID.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board ofDirectors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Immersion Camp Chair)
    • The Immersion Camp Chair is responsible for forming a committee to plan and execute the bi-annual ASL Immersion Camp for certified interpreters only
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Public Relations)
    • The Public Relations  MAL is responsible for community outreach and communications to membership via Webpage and Social Media platforms.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.

Nominations are due Aug 5, 2023

Interpreter Appreciation 2023

On Wednesday May 3, UTRID will be participating in the National Interpreter Appreciation Day. This special day of honoring and thanking interpreters for their commitment to the field and to the communities they serve happens annually on the first Wednesday in May.

This year we are excited to announce that from May 3th through Friday May 7th we will be offering 25% off all UTRID membership types with the code: Appreciate2023 

To renew your membership, please visit your Membership Summary and click Renew. Don’t forget to enter the code Appreciate2023 for your 25% discount!

New Members Join Here!

As another thank you, we will select 5 individual members from each of the following membership categories to win prizes: Certified, Associate, and Student. That’s a total of 15 winners!

Winners may receive a 1 year extension of membership, a coupon for a free workshop (up to $45), or a $50 gift card. 

Fine Print:

  • No entry is necessary for the drawings; active members will be automatically included.
  • Must be a current UTRID member in good standing at the time of drawing.
  • Winners will be announced after Monday, May 15th via social media and here on this page.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on file regarding their prizes won.
  • All prizes must be claimed within one year of issuance.
  • All prizes will expire on 6/1/24.
  • Prizes are non-negotiable.
  • 1-year membership prizes will automatically be applied to the following membership year.
  • Gift cards will be e-mailed to the address UTRID has on file. UTRID is not responsible for lost or misdirected gift cards.

UTRID Board News – Change is coming

Hello UTRID Membership!

I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming change with the UTRID leadership.  I will be moving to Arizona on March 1st and as a result can no longer fulfill my term as President.  According to our bylaws, the Vice President, would be responsible for taking on that role.  Tanner Vance is the current UTRID Vice President and he and I have met and determined both his willingness and aptitude for stepping into this role.  Because the next elections would happen in August and the president position will be open, it makes sense for Tanner to act in the interim with support from other UTRID board and committee members. Tanner has been serving UTRID in various capacities for the past several years and will continue to lead our membership into innovative and creative spaces.  You are in good hands!

The next few months will be crucial for getting more volunteers to serve on our committees for Professional Development, Silent Weekend, and Conference.  Please consider if you might be able to provide support for those events and reach out! Your ideas for how to grow and shape UTRID are valued!

I first joined the UTRID Board as Secretary in 2006, the summer we moved here.  That was followed by 2 years as Vice President and my most recent terms as Professional Development Chair and President. The Utah interpreting and Deaf communities are like no other! I have always felt welcomed and needed as part of your communities.  I will miss seeing you all regularly and hope that if you ever need a sunny break, you will come down for a visit! You can keep in touch with me through email at [email protected].

Thanks again for your years of friendship and support!

Hugs and ILY Hands Waving!


RESCHEDULED EVENT: Sub for Santa (Now December 10th)

Hello all! With the storm and more time needed to collect donations – the Sub for Santa party has been RESCHEDULED for December 10th. Same time (1-3pm), Same Place (Deaf Center), same event and needs. Please sign up to donate a gift or gift card, if you haven’t already. Bring to the event on the 10th. See you there! – Teddi

to give to those in need!

The time has come! UTRID is looking for donations of items or gift cards for our Sub For Santa project. We will host a short and sweet party at the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on December 10, 2022 for an opportunity to drop off the donations. For additional support we will be selling cookies, milk and photos with the elf!

Want to help give back to 2 families in need for this Christmas? Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. After you get these, please bring these to our party on Dec. 10th  from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Sanderson Center. Any questions, please email Pamela at   Thank you!
in case that doesn’t work – click here > https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaaa62da4fdc70-subfor

We are also accepting monetary donations through our Venmo and PayPal