Candas Barnes, M.A., NIC: Advanced, CI/CT

Interpreter II
Gallaudet Interpreting Service

Candas Barnes

Phone Numbers

202-489-8223 (V)
202-846-8110 (VP)


Personal Website


Hall Memorial Building S141E

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 5 (plus most Fridays, many nights and weekends)


I currently serve as the Manager for Intercultural Competency Development and Campus Climate (ICD-CC) in the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). I have been engaged in this work for over 28 years and have experience collaboratively developing, delivering and participating in intercultural competency workshops and proven leadership in disseminating communication about research and best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to joining EDI, most of my Gallaudet career was with Gallaudet Interpreting Service as a staff interpreter for over 13 years, a contract/freelance interpreter for over 14 years and secretary for 18 months). In addition to GIS, I also served as a Minority Fellow with the First Year Experience program (2005) and worked with the team that produced Deaf Way I (1988-89). Because I still love interpreting I am very much involved in the field as a practitioner, mentor and advocate for exponentially increasing the number of interpreters of color.

I hold a master's degree in Counseling G '07, a bachelor's in writing and cultural studies from Goddard College (1993), and an associate's in interpreting from NTID/RIT (1991). In July, 2019 I will continue my studies as doctoral student in Antioch University’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.

One of my proudest accomplishments is establishing an endowed scholarship fund at Gallaudet University honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Shirley Childress Johnson, the first nationally certified African American interpreter. 

I am the manager of Intercultural Competency Development & Campus Climate, one of three units under the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We align with all six priorities under the University Strategic Plan as well as the EDI six pillar Inclusive Excellence Framework.

We are responsible for several programs and initiatives which are grouped into four categories: Intercultural Competency Development, Campus Climate, Marketing and Public Relations and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources & Data Collection.


Potomac Chapter Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID) 2016-17

  • The Four Agreements: Practical Principles for Enhancing Professional Practice” 2017
  • B.R.A.V.I.N.G. - A Framework for Excellence in Interpreting” 2017
  • “Being LIT: Leveraging Our Internal Treasures to Create Effective Cross-Cultural Exchanges” - 2016
  • "Being an Ally. Am I Friend or Foe?" RID, Region II - 2016

Guest lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 2017  ~ Professions in Deafness Program Advocacy class

Adjunct Professor, Gallaudet University - 2009

  • GSR 230 - What Do We Know About Sex and Gender? Biological and Psychological Perspectives
  • INT 346 - Field Experience I: Discourse And Application
  • INT 736 - Professional Practice

Guest Lecturer, Gallaudet University - 2008

  • Narrative Therapy, COU732 Theories & Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Counseling
  • Solution Focused Therapy, COU732 Theories & Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Counseling
  • Reality Therapy, COU732 Theories & Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Counseling
  • Informational Interviews, GSR 101/102 Honors First Year Seminar/Critical Reading and Writing, General Studies Division

Faculty, Energize Your Interpreting, Training Program, CJAGA Sign Language Interpreting Service - 2006

  • American Sign Language to English Interpretation I, II, III: A Theoretical & Practical Approach
  • Essential Habits of Highly Effective Interpreters: Coach Yourself to Success

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Conference of Interpreter Trainers
  • DC Area Black Deaf Advocates
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • National Alliance of Black Interpreters - DC Chapter
    • Chapter Liaison, 2018
  • National Association for Multicultural Education
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Black Deaf Advocates, DC Area Chapter
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 1988 - present
  • Society for American Sign Language


  • Conversations for Understanding Workshops - December, 2018
  • A Call To Community: Together We All Succeed - Multicultural Organizational Development and Curriculum Transformation Tools for Bringing Us Closer Together - April, 2018
  • Advanced Multicultural Organizational Development Institute - March, 2018


  • StartingBloc DC Fellow - November, 2017
  • Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute - July, 2017
  • Certified Administrator, Intercultural Development Inventory - February, 2017


  • The Institute for Cross Cultural Communication ~ Founder and CEO - July, 2016
  • Staff-focused Multicultural Competency Building and Curriculum Transformation Institute - July, 2016


  • Barnes, C. (2014). Sacred Musings: Volume 1: Essential questions for connecting body, mind & spirit so you can live an extraordinary life. Washington, DC: Masterful Communication Press.
  • Barnes, C. I. (2014). You can do it!. In T. Brinkley Potts (Ed.), Kaching!: How to add a digit to your income (Chapter 2). Dover, DE: TBPLLC.
  • Barnes, C. I. (2013). I forgive my father. In I. Vanzant (Ed.), Forgiveness: How to forgive everyone for everything (pp. 111-124). Carlsbad, CA: Smiley Books.
  • Barnes, C. I. (1990). Invisible or Simply Ignored. Empty Closet.
  • Editor, The Weekly Word.  Howard University School of Divinity, 1993


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002