The Change is Here, The Change is Now
The Cincinnati AA/Black Interpreter Collaborative (CAABIC) is a community of practitioners who support one another as they actively address the disparity of representation of AA/Black interpreters in the ASL/English interpreting profession. Founded in October 2019, CAABIC boasts a membership of more than 30 members across Greater Cincinnati. The Leadership Team is composed of Cassie Boyd, Katoria Carter, Jasmine McBurrows, Braylyn Myers,Akilah Z. Richardson, and Crystal Stewart. CAABIC is representative of the diversity among Cincinnati’s interpreters,ranging from students in interpreter education programs to recent graduates and practitioners of more than 20 years. Its membership operates in every aspect of the interpreting field – interpreter coordination, mentoring, teaching, and leadership positions within key organizations. Members work in a plethora of settings including K-12, post-secondary,medical, mental health, vocational, community, VRS, VRI, religious, performance arts, and platform. CAABIC’s aim is to create a more equitable and inclusive field that honors the lived experiences and contributions of AA/Black.