Jonathan Webb, PhD, educator, social justice activist, and author of KG: The South, is currently co-owner and President of Sign Enhancers, Inc. In August 2017, he began teaching interpreting in the world’s oldest Deaf Studies department, located at California State University-Northridge. Prior to taking this position, Jonathan was lecturer in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Iowa State University, where he was invited to create and build a program in American Sign Language, as well as foster greater inclusion for Deaf students across campus. In July of 2017, Jonathan was an invited Plenary Speaker at the 2017 RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) annual conference.
As an ASL interpreter with over three decades of language and two decades in the field, and a Deaf Educator trained in counseling and American Sign Language acquisition/development, he provides interpretation in often high stakes situations and in particular with monolingual ASL Deaf people. Working within national non-profits, higher education, and local associations, Jonathan is recognized for his ability to not only foster critical consciousness around complex issues, but to catalyze that consciousness into effective action and measurable outcomes. He welcomes eager, open-minded, questioning, inquisitive participants to the workshops he facilitates, and aims to inspire individuals and groups to live and work in and towards their most expansive, liberated and conscious form possible.
Jonathan’s work in seeking social justice is born out of lived experiences that started in his home community of Jennings/Ferguson, Missouri. Currently living in Southern California with partner and three kids, he continues to write, teach, and facilitate incorporating themes of spirituality, consciousness, and social justice. Weaving together a love of stories, storytelling, and psychology, Jonathan often works with activists and students on their individual and collective mythoi as a way of meaning-making in the world, relying heavily on the teachings and practices he's been honored with from various indigenous communities. Using this unique approach, Jonathan has been invited to campuses around the country to teach on systems of oppression and navigating them through the use of visioning and conscious dialogue.
Sponsored by the Department of American Sign Language, the Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Committee, and the Honors Program.
Published on October 26, 2017