In order to promote the development of quality interpreters, CIT and its members:
- Recognize that languages and cultures are not static, but living and evolving and in order to be effective teachers/learners, we must be living and evolving with the communities we serve and be actively engaged in cultural dialogues and interactions that preserve indigenous signed languages/cultures.
- Recognize that language rich environments in signed language are vital to linguistic and cultural exchange, transmission and preservation of American Sign Language and the building of dynamic multi-cultural and bi-cultural community relationships.
- Commit to creating a collegial environment that is free of racism, linguistic barriers, audism, or any kind of attitude or belief system that causes harm.
- Support critical thinking, research, excellent teaching/learning practices, networking and community building in order to ensure that interpreter educators and students are engaged in real world and meaningful teaching and learning.
- Adhere to standards, ethics, teaching practices and actions that promote the overall well-being of Deaf communities and the preservation of their indigenous signed languages and cultures.
CIT’s purpose is to encourage the preparation of interpreters who can effectively negotiate interpreted interactions within the wider society in which Deaf people live. As such, one of our primary goals is to increase our students’ knowledge concerning the Deaf community, Deaf peoples’ linguistic rights and our role in the preservation of ASL. CIT seeks to accomplish its mission by fostering teaching practices and research that help educate compassionate, engaged professional interpreters who will exhibit cultural and linguistic fluency, sophisticated interactional competencies and who are sensitive to issues of privilege. We also seek to advance teaching practices that lead to a deepening of cross-cultural awareness and to guide students to interpreting practices that are based in the norms and values embraced by the Deaf community by providing arenas for the sharing of these ideas.