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Fragility: Let's Talk About -isms


Novelist and activist James Baldwin said, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." This book discussion will use Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism as a tool to face racism and explore racism in personal, social, and professional contexts. Since the U.S. ASL-English interpreting profession is dominated by white people, it's critical that each white interpreter look at racial inequality on a granular level. Change starts by looking inwards with humility.


Additionally, the discussion will be expanded to face Hearing Fragility, aural inequalities as another

-ism influencing the interpreting profession which is dominated by hearing people and who provide services in an aural dominated society.

Fragility: Let's Talk About -isms is a book discussion facilitated by Amy KrollThis interactive book discussion is for working and student interpreters.

By the end of this book discussion, you will be able to...

  • Describe "White Fragility" as a process and a system to uphold white supremacy

  • Relate "White Fragility" to social, professional, and personal contexts given your cultural make-up and being an interpreter in a white dominated field and society

  • Adapt "Fragility" to aural inequalities

  • Relate "Hearing Fragility" to social, professional, and personal contexts given your cultural make-up and being an interpreter  in a hearing dominated field and society


Amy Kroll is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies (PS) and Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO) program is offered for 1.5 CEUs at the Little Content Knowledge Level.


Dates & Time Commitment


This book discussion starts on September 26, 2020 (Saturday) and ends on October 24, 2020 (Saturday).

This learning activity includes independent reading and reflection as well as group meetings.


  • 9/26

  • 9/27 - 10/3

  • 10/4 - 10/10

  • 10/11 - 10/17

  • 10/18 - 10/24

Independent Activities:

  • None

  • Read & Reflect (Chapters 1-4)

  • Read & Reflect (Chapters 5-8)

  • Read & Reflect (Chapters 9-12)

  • Read & Reflect (Chapter 13 + additional materials)

Group Activities:

  • Zoom Meeting (2 hours)

  • Zoom Meeting (2 hours)

  • Zoom Meeting (2 hours)

  • Zoom Meeting (2 hours)

  • Zoom Meeting (2 hours)


Saturday meetings are on 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24 2020 via Zoom from 9:00-11:00 AM Mountain.



You have two costs associated with this book discussion: 1) the book discussion fee and 2) the cost of the book.


Book Discussion Fee:


$100 payable to Amy Kroll. Payment options will be presented with confirmation of your registration.

A $75 refund will be offered through original payment source for cancellations made at least 24 hours prior to the first day of the book discussion (September 26, 2020). No refunds are offered after this 24 hour cut off.​

Cost of the Book:

You are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book for the duration of the book discussion. Online retailers sell print, eBook, and audio editions. Local libraries may have copies available.



Submit your registration form by September 23, 2020. Registration is limited to 5 participants.


Requests for reasonable accommodations can be made on the registration form. 



Payment information will be sent by email once your Zoom "seat" for the book discussion has been confirmed.

Referral Program


Refer a co-worker and earn a $10 discount on a future CEU fee. Your co-worker will need to provide your name on the registration form.

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