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MRID Committee Descriptions


Standing Committees Ad Hoc Committees
Educational Interpreters
Professional Development
Public Policy
Fall Conference
Annual Publications

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Bylaws: oversee any legal changes to the organizational structure of MRID.

The Bylaws Committee is responsible to:

    • Maintain and update the MRID Bylaws and Policies and Procedures.
    • Prepare proposed amendments for President and Board to review prior to the Fall Conference.
    • Prepare rationales for suggested amendment changes for the membership.
    • Respond to questions that arise from the Board and Membership regarding the MRID Bylaws the Policies and Procedures.

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Conference/Forums: design, organize, and host professional development/networking opportunities that serve all interpreters in the state of Minnesota.

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Educational Interpreters: provide support and professional development opportunities specifically for interpreters that work in the Educational setting.

The Educational Interpreters Committee is responsible to:

    • Develop an informational page on the MRID website regarding K-12 and Post Secondary educational interpreter certification requirements for Minnesota.
    • Develop an informational page on the website that provides guidance for new interpreters regarding current practices in the field including links to the National RID.
    • Develop an informational page on the website regarding current expectations from districts that includes work contracts, benefits and union information.
    • Develop and monitor an online community for educational interpreters to dialogue regarding issues that arise in educational interpreting.
    • Explore how MRID can be more supportive of educational interpreters.

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Freelance:  promote among its members regular and active participation, state representation, support and nurturing for personal and professional growth; and a vehicle for new members of the Freelance Community to be welcomed into the field.

The Freelance Committee is responsible to:

    • Plan meetings regarding logistics, including room set up
    • Schedule presenters and interpreters
    • Take minutes and disseminate
    • Facilitate meetings
    • Respond to emails
    • Organize two yearly events: Holiday Party and Graduation Party

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Fundraising: ensure the successful endeavors of MRID and to promote MRID as a professional organization.  The Fundraising Committee is committed to maintaining a stable financial base for the professional interpreting organization through merchandise sales, special fundraisers, etc.

The Fundraising Committee is responsible to:

    • Research and propose fundraising opportunities
    • Prepare a budget and proposal and submit to Board of Directors
    • Coordinate and staff the fundraising opportunities
    • Prepare reports of activity for Board of Directors and membership

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Membership: registers and maintains valid memberships to MRID.

        This includes:

    • promote and recruit members
    • keeping an up to date roster of current members and maintain archives of past members 
    • annually provide a roster to RID
    • provide a current roster to the MRID fall conference planners for verification of registering members
    • work directly with the Secretary to verify valid membership for voting purposes 
    • during the annual business meeting 
    • any other time that requires membership voting
    • recognize members for milestones during the annual fall conference/business meeting

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Nominations: convenes once a year (a few months prior to the annual Fall Conference) to seek out candidates who would be willing and capable to serve on the MRID Board of Directors.

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Research Committee (ad hoc)charged with researching issues, as requested by the board, that are impacting current events in the community.

        In order to fulfill that charge the committee:

    • Performs interviews
    • Seeks out content experts in any given topic
    • Uses past and present periodicals
    • Reads research articles
    • Finds credible online resources

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Professional Development: works throughout the year as a liaison between MRID and RID to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to MRID’s membership.

        The MRID Professional Development Committee is responsible to:

    • Respond in a timely manner to inquiries from members, interpreters and organizations requesting sponsorship of CEU’s.
    • Determine what can be approved for Professional Studies and what can be approved for General Studies.
    • Approve plans for Independent Studies
    • Process all categories of CEU’s for individual MRID members, non-members and requesting organizations.
    • Coordinate and process CEU’s for all of the MRID workshops and conferences
    • Maintain required paperwork and prepare for audits as requested by RID.
    • Develop the processes needed to approve CEU’s for hybrid workshops, which include online and in-person participants.

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Public Policy: engage MRID members in active participation in relevant legislative and public policy initiatives.

        The Public Policy Committee is responsible to:

    • Legislation and public policies that protect the communication interests of deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing individuals
    • Promoting the use of qualified interpreters
    • Advance the profession of sign language interpreting in Minnesota
    • Convenes as needed

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Annual Publicationscreate an annual publication, Trending North: the Digital Journal of MRID, which will be published electronically as a member-only benefit and which will consist of non-peer-reviewed articles submitted by members, ITP students, and others involved in the interpreting and Deaf communities.

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Scholarship:  responsible for soliciting and screening scholarship applications. The committees then choose recipients for each award.

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Website: the MRID’s website (www.mrid.org) is updated and maintained by this committee.

The Website Committee is responsible to:

    • Provide Membership Support
      • Profile assistance
      • Password resets
    • Provide Event Support
      • Create event page and registration form
      • Update community calendar
      • Submit registration reports
    • Maintain Website
      • General information updates
      • Upload meeting minutes and newsletters
    • Complete Board delegated projects
      • Standard Operating Procedure: Event Management
      • Social Media Campaign
      • - Update archives

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Committee hours fluctuate, depending on the need, up to 10 hours/month

*For further detail about committee responsibilities please refer to the Policy and Procedure Manual