Program Overview

The program strives to provide and support the types of educational opportunities, environment, and activities that lead to student success in the program. To this end, the program:

  • Provides quality instruction in ASL, Deaf studies, and ASL/English interpretation to students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Creates a rich, multicultural learning environment by providing classroom instruction based on a functional, spiral learning model, and by providing opportunities for experiential and self-directed learning through community involvement;
  • Structures teaching and evaluation methods that recognize individual differences in learning styles of students;
  • Supports policies, procedures, and initiatives that focus on diversity, particularly in regard to recruitment and retention of students from diverse racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds;
  • Promotes student involvement at the University and within the interpreting and Deaf communities;
  • Responds to present and future trends including changing populations and diversity, changing employment trends and options, and the growth and application of advanced technology; and
  • Expands awareness of career opportunities in the interpreting profession at the state, regional and national level.

Additional Program Information

Solidarity Statement

IEP Solidarity Statement Video

The UA Little Rock IEP stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC). We promote inclusion, equity, and respect for racial, cultural, and social differences among our students. The IEP affirms all students’ rights to full participation in the program, classroom, American Sign Language Lab, common areas and events sponsored by the program and community partners. We seek to prepare our graduates and future professionals to work respectfully with all people regardless of race or other categorical identities. We will not tolerate harassing, discriminatory, oppressive behavior or acts, or disruptive language. Any concerns should be immediately brought to the attention of the instructor or program director.