Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students is to empower students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve academic, career, and personal success. This office serves deaf, hard of hearing and hearing undergraduate and graduate students by offering programs, services and resources which foster self-awareness, intellectual curiosity and cultural awareness in an academically stimulating environment.


Vision Statement

Gallaudet University, through the leadership of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, will become a model of exemplary services for students who face challenges in higher education because of their deaf/hard of hearing/hearing status, race, gender identity and expression, age, social class, religion, ability, and sexual orientation. Equitable retention and graduation rates for all students will be an indicator of ODES' success. Civil discourse, equity, and appreciation for multiple perspectives will be hallmarks of our academic culture.

Students will be able to articulate the contributions of all peoples but especially the groups with which they most identify. Students will see themselves in our selection of faculty, staff and administrators. They will see themselves in the curricula, in the dorms, in leadership roles in student organizations, on bulletin boards and social media, in their textbooks, in the bookstore, in school publications, and wherever they venture on campus. The Gallaudet community will reach out to welcome all students and these students will know they too belong.