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Promotional Flyer for the March 1, 1988 Rally Text from a flyer distributed around campus in late February 1988
It's time! In 1842, a Roman Catholic became president of the University of Notre Dame. In 1875, a woman became president of Wellesley College. In 1875, a Jew became president of Yeshiva University. In 1926, a Black person became president of Howard University.
AND in 1988, the Gallaudet University presidency belongs to a DEAF person. To show OUR solidarity behind OUR mandate for a deaf president of OUR university, you are invited to participate in a historical RALLY!
Flyer distributed at the March 1, 1988 Rally
DEAF PRESIDENT NOW DEAF PRESIDENT NOW DEAF PRESIDENT NOWWHAT IS THE RALLY ALL ABOUT?
The purpose of the rally is to indicate support for choosinga deaf president of Gallaudet University for the first timein the 124-year history of the university.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RALLY?The Deaf President Now Committee (DPN) which consists ofGallaudet students, alumni, faculty and staff members.
WHY A DEAF PRESIDENT?It is time for Gallaudet University, the only liberal artsuniversity for the deaf in the WORLD, to become sensitive tothe needs of deaf people of Gallaudet and of the UnitedStates. Here are a few examples of the lack of sensitivityshown towards the needs of the deaf by Gallaudet University.1. Only 22% of Gallaudet employees are deaf. only 18% of theemployees in administrative positions are deaf.
2. The Gallaudet Board of Trustees has twenty-one (21)members of only which four (4) are deaf.
3. There are faculty Tembers who can't sign very well butmeet the minimal requirements needed to teach at theuniversity. some of those teachers have been teaching at theuniversitv for =any years. Needless to say, this deprivesstudents of a good education.
4. Senators Bob Dole and Bob Graham, among many otherlegislators have a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf(TDD) in their office and yet, Senator Dan Inouye, member ofthe Gallaudet Board of Trustees has no such machine in hisoffice.
We do not accuse the people responsible for the conditionsmentioned above of callousness. It is merely a lack ofawareness on their part. With a deaf person in the positionof leadership, one that has the same views, experiences, andneeds that we do, people will become more informed of theneeds of deaf people.
The remaining deaf candidates for the office of the Gallaudetpresidency have a prodigious background in deaf education ascompared to the remaining hearing candidates. The positionis considered the highest office, possibly attained in theworld of deaf education, one that indicates leadership of thedeaf educational world. The remaining deaf candidates alsohave the administrative and financial abilities needed tomanage the office of the presidency as indicated by theirpast experiences.
HAS THE DPN RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES?Senators Bob Dole (R) of Kansas and Bob Graham (D) of Floridahave each sent a letter to the Board of Trustees indicatingsupport for a deaf president.The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has sentindividually addressed letters to each Congressman,Congresswoman, and Senators urging them to send letters tothe Board of Trustees or call the Gallaudet President'soffice in support of a deaf president.
Deafpride, Inc., a social service agency in the Washington,D.C. area has contributed the use of four American SignLanguage interpreters to today's rally.
HOW CAN I HELP GET A DEAF PRESIDENT OF GALLAUDET?You are helping by showing your support at this rally. Youcan also contribute further by giving just five minutes ofyour time to call your congressperson and senators. CONGRESSHAS A CENTRAL TDD-RELAY NUMBER, IT IS (202) 224-1904. BE SURETO HAVE THE NAMES OF YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATORS READY.The message should be brief and to the point. Say that youare in support of a deaf president of Gallaudet Universityand WANT your congressperson and senators to send a letter tothe Gallaudet Board of Trustees as soon as possible. Also addthat the NAD has sent a letter to your legislator and thatthe legislator can refer to it for further information. DOTHIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Remember, the number is (202) 224-1904. Share this number with as many people as possible. Time is-short but only five minutes of your and their time willmake a WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE. Also call the GallaudetPresident's office and leave a message to the Board ofTrustees in support of a deaf president, the number is (202)651-5005.
WHAT WILL THE DPN DO IF A HEARING PERSON IS SELECTED?The DPN's work is just beginning. Regardless of the outcome,our next goal is to get a majority of deaf people on theGallaudet Board of Trustees. The Commission on Education of the Deaf has recommended this and we wholeheartedly support this.
AGAIN, PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATORS, THE NUMBER IS (202) 224-1904. ALSO CALL THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE,THE NUMBER IS (202) 651-5005. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.
Thank you for coming today, your support counts.
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