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 December to April. 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.
Sandro Tomasi, Chair
Robert Joe Lee, Vice-Chair
Barbara Hua Robinson
Jules Lapprand, Editor
Helen Eby, Chair
Francesca Samuel, Co-Chair
Hilda Zavala-Shymanik, Co-Chair
Chris Verduin, Editor and Proofreader
Steven Mines, Chair
Garrett M. Bradford
Agustin de la Mora, Co-Chair
James Plunkett, III, Co-Chair
Teresa Salazar, Chair
Editor-in-Chief- Kathleen Shelly
Facilitator- Janis Palma
Poetry Contributor- Hall Sillers
Proof Reader- Vicki Bermúdez
Terminology Contributor and Proteus Indexing Project – Sandro Tomasi
Jason Knapp, Chair
Francesca Samuel, Chair
Jaqueline Neves Nordin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nominations Committee ensures that members are informed and involved in NAJIT’s electoral process through the following:
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 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:
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.
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.