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Office of Diversity and Equity for Students

Hall Memorial Building, South 141
Web: Office of Diversity and Equity for Students   Email: ODES Staff

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES) is to advocate and empower multicultural students of all backgrounds and differences to achieve academic, career, and personal success. ODES will achieve its mission by offering programs which foster self-awareness, cultural growth, intellectual curiosity, academic support, and a stimulating learning environment.

ODES is composed of two units: Keeping the Promise (KTP) and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA). KTP focuses on the education of Black and Latino Deaf students. The KTP program model will be applied to other multicultural student groups. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs consists of four programs: Multicultural Student Programs, Peer Mentoring, Intergroup Dialogues and the LBGTQA Resource Center.

Our programs provide multicultural education and guidance to enrich the college experience of all Gallaudet students. ODES focuses primarily on the unique needs of multicultural students and strives to facilitate a campus climate that supports their academic success. ODES encourages academic excellence for all students and is fortunate to have staff of the highest caliber to serve Gallaudet students. Through our services and programs, students find a gateway into the diverse richness of today's interconnected global reality.

Keeping the Promise

Hall Memorial Building, Room S-141
Web: Keeping the Promise

Keeping the Promise of Educating Black Deaf Students
Keeping the Promise of Educating Latino Students

The mission of Keeping the Promise is to promote the retention and persistence to graduation and the intellectual advancement of Black and Latino Deaf students by demonstrating and reinforcing the essential values of scholarship and perseverance through intentionally-designed activities that foster motivation, empowerment, academic excellence, understanding of historical and cultural heritage, and model citizenship.

Keeping the Promise of Educating Black Deaf Students (KTP-B) and Keeping the Promise of Educating Latino Students (KTP-L) are voluntary participation programs which provide avenues for increasing, encouraging, and supporting the inclusion and educational success of Black and Latino students. KTP participants are engaged in designing career plans, developing academic success skills, increasing their self-knowledge through participation in cultural awareness programs and activities, engaged in progressive leadership training and advocacy programming. Gallaudet's academic community and volunteer Life Coaches come together to support Black and Latino students in their quest for a degree from Gallaudet University.

Multicultural Student Programs

Hall Memorial Building, South 141E
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Multicultural Student Programs (MSP) is a cultural advocacy and resource unit under the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students. It provides support to racial and ethnic minority students and their organizations. The MSP Resource Room includes educational books, videotapes, and magazines for focusing on race, culture and diversity. MSP also strives to educate the Gallaudet community through programs offered by student paraprofessionals. 

MSP supports Gallaudet in its effort to value and nurture the wealth of cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity that enriches our community. Those who want to expand their intellectual horizons beyond the classroom can attend a variety of programs that celebrate culture, present diverse viewpoints, and foster diversity awareness.

LGBTQA Resource Center

Hall Memorial Building, N113
Web: LGBTQA Resource Center
The LGBTQA Resource Center is inclusive and student centered while providing resources and support aimed at the campus LGBTQA community. We provide activities, programs, services, trainings and a comprehensive resource library for networking and referrals. The Center serves the LGBTQA community at Gallaudet University and the larger campus community, alumni and visitors. We serve as a catalyst to ensure a responsive and supportive environment that promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, academic success and social justice for LGBTQA students.

The LGBTQA Resource Center was established on National Coming Out Day, 2011 (October 11th) to create an inclusive environment where all students feel welcome, supported, valued and engaged. The Center is staffed by paraprofessionals and maintains evening hours to allow for maximum access during times when students are not in class. Programs and activities offered by the Resource Center include the Allies Network (Safe Zone) Training, Lavender Graduation, educational and social events, including Friends, Food and Fun Fridays, speakers, workshops and presentations on pertinent LGBT issues. The LGBTQA Resource Center is member of the Consortium of LGBT Centers and works closely with the Rainbow Society, Gallaudet's LGBT Student Organization.

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