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

Supervisor, Interpreting
Gallaudet Interpreting Service

Candas Barnes


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Peet Hall 504

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Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 5 (mid-August through mid-May)

 I am a full-time staff member at Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) currently serving as a transitional supervisor. Prior to this role I have served as a staff interpreter at GIS for over 15 years and as a freelance interpreter since 1990. I hold the Certificate of Interpretation; the Certificate of Transliteration and the NIC: Advanced Certification. I have an associate’s degree in interpreting from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s degree in writing and sociology from Goddard College and a master’s degree from Gallaudet in Counseling. I specialize in ASL to English interpreting. Recently, I was featured in "Signing Black in America," a documentary film on Black ASL.I provide formal and informal mentorship for interpreters of color. I am active in numerous organizations in the Deaf community and I am passionate about exponentially growing the number of interpreters of color. I was instrumental in establishing the Dr. Shirley Childress Johnson endowed scholarship fund for student interpreters of color at Gallaudet.

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