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Belonging and Equity - Making Gallaudet a place of belonging and equity

Building the inclusive excellence
we want to see in the world

Inclusivity for all: Our community extends well beyond our schools. Gallaudet strives to be a community where people feel they belong and contribute to the world as their authentic selves.

Taking action together
for racial justice and equality

Gallaudet is taking actions to eradicate racism through systems transformation and individual change so that Gallaudet is a place where all people feel safe and valued, and that they belong. We have accelerated our efforts to follow actions and commitments to combat racism and sustain our work for racial justice and equality. Our work is continuous and evolving.

A Step Forward to Transformation

Gallaudet’s commitment: The five steps

Our goal-driven
plans

Recognition of cross-cultural space and identities

Anti-racism Statement

Racism has no place at Gallaudet University. Racism dehumanizes racially and ethnically diverse community members. Racism especially denies racially and ethnically diverse community members full access to their humanity. Racism intersects with audism and other-isms. Thus, racism contradicts and is incompatible with Gallaudet University’s mission and values.

Gallaudet University recognizes that it is not enough to simply say racism is not acceptable on campus or by University community members; therefore, the University takes measurable steps to be anti-racist––actively advocating for racial equity and taking a firm stand against racial inequity.

Gallaudet University recognizes that community members are situated on a continuum of self-awareness, knowledge, and skills related to racial identity development,  emotional intelligence, and the historical and societal implications of race and racism.  We also recognize that racial bias can be unconscious or unintentional but can still have an impact of harm that needs repair. All members of our community are expected to act mindfully and intentionally, honoring the humanity of all, treating them with dignity and respect.

Gallaudet University continually develops and implements strategies that confront,  challenge and dismantle systemic racism within all departments, divisions, schools,  units and, eventually, broader society.

Gallaudet University commits significant resources to anti-racism education, race-based research, and reform.
Gallaudet University students, faculty, staff and board of trustees are obligated to report any real or alleged instances of racism (2.28 Anti-Discrimination Policy).

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Ethan Sinnott

Gallaudet is increasing the number of deaf MFA students.
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Dr. Marguerite Glass

Visual language is sought after in the workforce.
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Victorica Monroe, '16

I chose Gallaudet to improve my leadership skills.
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Lennette Butler

Being a student athlete provides the support I need.
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Cameron Upton

The Gallaudet baseball team is more than just a team.
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Andrew Makarewicz

GU athletics provided me with a team that I could call my family.
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Darriyan Thomas

I chose Gallaudet University because I wanted to discover my identity and be involved with the Deaf community.
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Emelia Beldon

Participating in sports was the best decision I made here at Gallaudet University.
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President

Belonging and Equity Imperatives

Gallaudet will continue to listen to and engage black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) members of our community, including the student, staff, and faculty organizations at Gallaudet and outside of Gallaudet. We are grateful for all the students, faculty, advocates, and leaders who have come forward to express their very personal stories of pain and suffering, and to share their concerns and suggestions for a better world and a better Gallaudet.

Below is our anti-racism plan and progress report to date.

To view the Clerc Center Equity Plan, click here.
  • Gallaudet and EDI continue to collaborate with four consultant groups to support various aspects of anti-racism work including anti-racism professional development on various platforms
  • EDI developed a 3-5 year comprehensive strategic action plan that includes and prioritizes anti-racism planning and Multicultural Organization Development
  • EDI continues to build capacity through talent assessment and skill development
  • The Social Justice and Racial Equity Collaborative is in the process of being form and nominations are being reviewed
  • An Anti-Racism Statement and policy are currently being reviewed by the University’s executive team
  • Various University divisions and units continue to collaborate to transform the Department of Public Safety to ensure equitable practices. A comprehensive assessment is forthcoming.
  • The Office of Human Resources’ HR Transformation progress report, led by Ernest and Young, will be released in May 2021
  • The Division of Student Affairs has developed a centralized bias incident reporting system now available on the Student Affairs website.
  • The University continues to share the stories of diverse students and staff on various platforms, nationally, locally and institution-wide
  • The Office of Development continue fundraising for the Center for Black Deaf Studies and Kendall Division II
  • Various campus divisions continue to host workshops and information sessions that provide information and resources for students of Color
  • The Greek Life Task Force has an anticipated launch of April 2021.
  • Various campus divisions continue to plan, host, and/or support events, programs, and activities to be for Students of Color organizations
  • The Students of Color Resource Center slated to open prior to the Fall 2021 semester
  • The Office of Academic Affairs established a mentoring program between executive leadership, administrators, and faculty/staff
  • The Office of Student Affairs continues to provide anti-racism training to students on multiple platforms and mechanisms for reporting hate/bias
  • Anti-racism, racial identity development, and diversity content have been added to upcoming General Education course curricula
  • The University continues its development of an Anti-Racism Plan Report Card that measures AR progress and aligns with University progress monitoring protocols
  • The University continues to collaborate with 4 consulting firms, 2 of which are historically underutilized BIPOC-owned businesses for various initiatives related to anti-racism planning
  • The Office of Research and Engagement continues to raise funds for research fellowships related to EDI initiatives and anti-racism planning
  • The Office of University Communications has hired a Community Relations Manager to manage EDI communications and social media
  • UC will continue to release new and updated content to the University’s website to reflect the diversity of its student body
  • Various campus divisions continue to facilitate numerous EDI and anti-racism educational sessions and dialogues for students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and board members

Gallaudet University is strong.

We are complex and diverse.

The Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has been the leading force in building bridges of caring and critical social consciousness, and elevating all community members’ sense of living, well-being and belonging. Learn more about our work here.

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Employees

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Diversity

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Diversity

New Hires

Promotions/Reclassifications

New Hires

Promotions/Reclassifications

Equitable Outcomes for Students

The Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion aims to bring together Gallaudet students in an attempt to understand, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of students who belong to underrepresented communities.
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Respect

We honor and affirm the dignity inherent in all of us and in all people, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another. We are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our community and society.

Integrity

We are accountable for our actions. We will act ethically, honestly, and with trust in all our interactions.

Living, Well-being, and Belonging

We welcome, value, and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions. We create and nurture environments that support the living, well-being, and belonging of all community members.

Compassionate Collaboration

We genuinely broaden our understanding of others’ experiences and life journeys, and build rapport grounded in mutual trust and respect. We co-create positive environments necessary for our integrated work to flourish and support the mission and vision of Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center.

Social Justice

We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness, equity and civility; the duty to challenge prejudice and discrimination, and the mandate to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.

Service

We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of one another and the development of our local, regional, and global Deaf communities and broader society.

Anti-Racism Pledge

As a member of the Gallaudet University community, your support of anti-racism work is vital in creating an authentic culture of belonging. Your individual commitment will help create a collective impact. Therefore, we ask you to thoughtfully and intentionally pledge to fervently support the rights of GU community members to enjoy a safe learning and working environment.

Report or request support on any racism behavior

Gallaudet University employees and representatives (faculty, staff, and board of trustees) are obligated to (and students are strongly encouraged to) report any real or alleged instances of observed and/or encountered racism. Perpetrators of racism, including racial discrimination, bias, antagonism, unauthorized tracking, and violators of Gallaudet’s Anti-Racism policy will be subject to sanctioned consequences or remedies, including dismissal or expulsion.
If you have been directly harmed by racist behavior or comments and would like to seek a restorative resolution supported by trained facilitators.

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate