Committees

NAJIT Committees

As a member-driven organization, NAJIT is only as strong as the involvement of its members. Serving on a committee will allow you to know more about the life of our Association and, at the same time, NAJIT will greatly benefit from your insights and contributions.

Committee work is usually carried out under the guidance of the Chair (or co-Chairs), who in some cases is a member of the Board of Directors. Communication will be via email and periodic conference calls. The time commitment will vary based on the specific projects and on the time of the year. For example, the Conference Committee will be busiest from October to January. If you have any questions about the time commitment for serving on any committee, please contact the committee chair.

The following committees have been created to help in the advancement of the association and the translation and interpretation professions.  Ad Hoc committees are created as needed by the board of directors, and all others are permanent committees named in the Bylaws.

Current Committees

Advocacy

Sandro Tomasi, Chair
Robert Joe Lee, Vice-Chair
Barbara Hua Robinson
Patricia Michelsen-King

Blog

Jules Lapprand, Editor

Authors –
Urszula Bunting
Athena Matilsky
Janis Palma
Hilda Zavala-Shymanik

Bylaws & Governance

Helen Eby, Chair
Heidi Cazes
Maribel Pintado-Espiet
Steven Mines

Conference

Hilda Zavala-Shymanik, Chair
Ximena Chica
Judy Jenner
Austin Servin de la Mora, Consultant

Elections

TBA, Chair

Membership

Maribel Pintado-Espiet, Chair

Nominations

TBA, Chair

Proteus Editorial

Editor-in-Chief- Kathleen Shelly

Editors-
Arianna Aguilar
Vicki Bermúdez
Andre Moskowitz

Facilitator- Janis Palma

Poetry Contributor- Hall Sillers

Proof Reader- Vicki Bermúdez

Terminology Contributor and Proteus Indexing Project – Sandro Tomasi

Social Media

TBD,  Chair
Aimee Benavides
Francesca Samuel

Position Papers

Teresa Salazar, Chair
Karola Rangel

Training & Education

TBD, Chair
Aimee Benavides
Jaqueline Neves Nordin
Lili Selden

VOLUNTEER

Committee Descriptions

Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee is entrusted with promoting understanding about judiciary interpreters’ and translators’ specialized skills, knowledge and expertise that will enhance the status and recognition of our professions within the communities we serve.

The Advocacy Committee helps the Board of Directors monitor and analyze public policies, legislation, government initiatives, and press coverage of matters relevant to the judiciary interpreting and translation professions and advises the Board on official responses to public issues and requests for comment.

The Advocacy Committee engages in educational initiatives with the members of the bench and bar and the general public to create awareness about the importance of working with credentialed and qualified interpreters and translators in legal settings as well as the potential dangers of using unqualified individuals to perform the highly specialized functions of an interpreter or translator in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings. The Committee also facilitates printed resources and other references to complement in-person and virtual educational activities.

The work of the Advocacy Committee is pivotal to advancing the professional image of judiciary interpreters and translators.

Bylaws & Governance

The Bylaws and Governance Committee reviews NAJIT’s bylaws at least every two years at the request of the NAJIT Board of Directors and recommends changes as appropriate. The Committee collaborates with the Board by proposing policies and procedures for strengthening NAJIT governance. All proposals and suggestions provided by the Bylaws and Governance Committee are subject to review by NAJIT’s legal counsel.

Conference

The Conference Committee plans, schedules, and organizes NAJIT’s annual conference in close coordination with NAJIT’s Administrator and the Board of Directors, including the recruitment and selection of speakers, exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors, ensuring all deadlines within the conference timeline are met. The Conference Committee works within the conference budget as approved by the NAJIT Board of Directors. Additional duties include brainstorming for entertainment activities, coordinating with local T&I associations, and establishing outreach strategies for non-NAJIT member colleagues as well as members of the legal community. The Committee is also in charge of coordinating volunteers to assist NAJIT staff working at the conference.

Elections (ad hoc committee)

The Elections Committee ensures that the annual election of board members is held within the parameters of NAJIT’s bylaws, and announces election results during the annual meeting.

Membership

The Membership Committee is entrusted with promoting NAJIT among a wide array of stakeholders by working on initiatives to attract and retain membership, ascertain that NAJIT membership materials are available at translation and interpreting events sponsored by other associations or institutions, and works with management to develop a database of potential members.

Nominations

The Nominations Committee ensures that members are informed and involved in NAJIT’s electoral process through the following:

  • Identifying members in good standing with proven leadership qualities and a successful service history working with committees, other groups or associations, and encouraging them to run for the Board of Directors.
  • Reviewing all nominees submitted and preparing a final slate of the most qualified candidates for consideration by the membership within the deadlines specified in the bylaws.
  • Collecting candidate statements and biographical information in a timely fashion so that they can be published either in print or electronic form and made readily available to the membership.

Position Papers (ad hoc committee)

The Position Papers Committee is tasked with researching current topics pertinent to the field such as best practices, ethics, and technical issues related to interpreting and translation, among others. Position papers are published on the NAJIT website and are publicly available to educate stakeholders, the public, and promote best practices among peers. The Committee is always open to suggestions from members as to potential topics to be developed and possible collaborations on new position papers or updating existing ones.

Proteus Editorial (ad hoc committee)

Proteus is a quarterly publication containing news and articles of interest to NAJIT members, available in a printable digital format. The work of the Proteus Editorial Committee is to:

  • Prepare and publish Proteus under the direction of its editor-in-chief.
  • Seek potential contributors.
  • Select submissions to be published, ensuring they meet the submissions guidelines.
  • Have editors proofread submissions, fact-check contents and verify reference sources.
  • Help identify and secure advertisers and sponsors.
  • Maintain a list of key individuals in the interpreting and translation professions, the judiciary, the legal field, and other stakeholders to receive a copy.

Social Media (ad hoc committee)

The Social Media Committee is tasked with monitoring posts in all NAJIT social media platforms to make sure they reflect our Association’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values. Monitoring includes the acceptance of members or followers on any platform, and the removal of any posts that mischaracterize any affiliation with NAJIT, reflect negatively on the Association or any of its members, including the Board and NAJIT’s management team. Working in coordination with any outsourced social media managers NAJIT may contract, the Committee members must maintain a strong and positive NAJIT presence on any social media platform through regular postings of content relevant to the interpreting and translation profession.

Training & Education (ad hoc committee)

The Training and Education Committee, through the NAJIT Academy, develops and organizes a range of educational and training opportunities for members of the professions, including webinars and workshops on topics such as translation, transcription/translation, note-taking, best practices, and skill-building, among others.