Edgar Palmer is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES) at Gallaudet University where his responsibilities include providing leadership, direction and management for all program units and office initiatives, including personnel and strategic planning. He is also tasked with oversight and management of the office's budget and payroll, managing educational and informational programming, as well as oversight of events, workshops, and activities. In an effort to provide exemplary services to university students, ODES incorporates best practices within higher education and facilitates the continuous evaluation and assessment of all ODES units, including Multicultural Student Affairs, Keeping the Promise: Equitable Outcomes for Students, and the University's LGBTQA Resource Center.
Additionally, Mr. Palmer collaborates with academic and non-academic departments and services to ensure quality service delivery to students, and works closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to support and enforce the overall diversity mission of the university. Aside from his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Palmer regularly teaches undergraduate courses in history and other areas.
Throughout his career at Gallaudet, Mr. Palmer held a variety of positions which have contributed to the depth and breadth of his understanding of diversity and inclusion in higher education settings. These include: director of the English Language Institute, Director of the Tutorial Center, Associate Dean of the Center for Academic Programs and Services, Associate Dean of New Student Orientation and Coordinator of the University's Honors Program.
Having lost his hearing at the age of 18, Mr. Palmer obtained a bachelor's degree in history at Gallaudet University, a master's degree in deaf education from William McDaniel College (Formerly Western Maryland College), and second master's degree in special education administration at Gallaudet University. He also obtained a certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown School of Continuing Studies. Mr. Palmer has served as international president for the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) and is currently vice-chair of the National Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN). MR. Palmer is also a proud Jamaican-American who has a strong interest in equity and social Justice.