50th Annual Conference
& Business Meeting
Isidore Niyongabo’s Biography
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UNDERSTANDING THEIR EXPERIENCE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY WHILE EXPLORING RESOURCES AND ACTIONS FOR INTERPRETERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE ON LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL LEVELS.
This workshop is presented from a first-hand refugee and immigrant perspective, blended with academic research that focuses on exploring the status of Deaf refugees, Internally Displaced Deaf People, and Deaf immigrants on local, national and global levels. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to better serve members of those groups as interpreters and allies. Participants will learn about how the system works, what humanitarian services are available, national statistics on refugees, local services, cultural diversity and the challenges that come with community integration. This workshop will give you the tools you need as interpreters and community members to positivley contribute to the quality of life for Deaf and hard of hearing refugees.
Participants will have opportunity for group activities and roundtable discussions with topics like, “how can we, as interpreters, contribute to the increased quality of like for Deaf refugees while abiding by the CPC.” Participants will learn about various terminologies used to identify Refugees, Immigrants, Internally Displaced persons, Asylees, the process through which one goes through in the local, national and international system (mainly UNHCR, IRC, etc...). Additionally, topics related to cultural diversity among Deaf refugees, struggles with community integration, and obstacles in accessing available resources are some of the topics that will be will be discussed. Group activities will be facilitated for participants to share perspectives and discuss individual and collective action plans.
This workshop meets the Power, Privilege and Oppression requirement
Isidore Niyongabo is originally from Burundi and has been Deaf since 10 years old. He survived the 1993 Burundi Genocide and remained in Burundi as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) until he immigrated to the United States where he has been thriving, both as a refugee and immigrant. Isidore graduated from Ohlone College, Fremont before pursuing his education in Southern California. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Human Rights advocacy from the University of San Diego's Kroc School of Peace Studies. For his Master’s degree capstone, he conducted a research on the challenges faced by the International Humanitarian Organization in identifying and providing services to Deaf, hard of hearing, and people with other "invisible disabilities" in war zones and disasters areas.
Currently Isidore is the Human Resources Manager for Convo Communications and the Founding President of International Deaf Education, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Deaf youth around the world, with focus on those in developing countries, through educational advocacy and leadership capacity building. Earlier this year, Isidore was appointed to the Federal Communication Commission Chairman to serve as the Co-Chair for the 3rd term of the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee. Most recently, Isidore was elected to serve as the President for the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc.
Outside his HR work and philanthropy, Isidore is available for leadership coaching, Inspirational and Motivational Speaking sharing his life journey both as a Deaf person, immigrant, and refugee. Last but not least he enjoy dancing to latin music and teaching salsa as well as Bachata.
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NorCRID is committed to creating a fully accessible conference.
Attendees will communicate in ASL in all conference spaces.
Venue will be accessible to all abilities.
Venue will have gender neutral bathrooms.
PLEASE refrain from using ANY and ALL scented products due to chemical sensitivities.