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Dawn Wessling

College of Education and Human Services • ASL

Skills and talents are something we all have, but when used to give back, the impact to the community can be profound. Dawn Wessling, UNF faculty member in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education gives back frequently.

“Interpreting is far more than just the interpreting that happens in the moment – giving back is important,” Wessling said.

Giving back is something that is emphasized with the students in her program and something she does in her spare time. For the past two years, Wessling has been working with River City Pride to provide interpreting for their event. She’s even recruited alumni to come back and volunteer their time as interpreters.

“River City Pride is always the most fun event,” Wessling said. “I love it because of the collaboration with the River City Pride organization, the FSCJ Sign Language Interpreting Program and the student, faculty and alumni of the UNF ASL/English Interpreter Education program.”

Her work in the community doesn’t stop there. She is a part of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Conference of Interpreter Trainers, National Association of the Deaf, FSCJ Sign Language Interpreting Program Advisory Committee and a coach for CORE, a mentorship for interpreters, to name a few.

As a U.S. Navy veteran and UNF alumna, Wessling has many things she enjoys about the University: “The people that I work with every day in the Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education Department and the students I engage with in class,” Wessling said.

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“Interpreting is far more than just the interpreting that happens in the moment – giving back is important.”