Dr. Elizabeth A. Moore

’81, G-’94, & PhD ’11

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Elizabeth A. Moore has served as Interim Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet University since August 2020. In this role, she oversees the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as the university’s expansive anti-racism initiative.

When she announced Dr. Moore’s appointment, President Cordano wrote, “Given Dr. Moore’s career-long commitment to ensuring community access and equity as a social worker and as a faculty member, and her undying commitment to the university, she is an ideal fit. Dr. Moore's recent involvement in the University anti-racism journey, including her leading an in-depth assessment of the Department of Public Safety, will complement her work as our Interim Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Moore has graciously accepted this new challenge, and I thank her for answering the call.”

Dr. Moore responded, “I am humbled and honored to accept the position of Interim Chief Diversity Officer. I do not take lightly the responsibility that comes with this role. Our road to making Gallaudet a place free from racism, audism, and other -isms will be one that will require every single one of us – the Executive Team, the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff, managers, administrators, alumni, and other community stakeholders – to engage and collaborate. It will require each of us to do what the recently deceased Congressman John R. Lewis advised: “Get yourself in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

A tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, Dr. Moore served as department chair and MSW program director.

Dr. Moore is from a multigenerational Black Deaf family. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended W. & E. Martin School, an oral day school for deaf and hard of hearing students, then transferred to Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, where she learned American Sign Language. She graduated from PSD with honors in 1977, and was named class salutatorian. Dr. Moore earned three degrees from Gallaudet: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1981, a Master of Social Work degree in 1994, and a Ph.D. degree in Special Education Administration in 2011. She was the third Black Deaf woman to receive a Ph.D. degree at Gallaudet.

Dr. Moore has been involved in numerous advocacy and professional social work organizations since 1981 in different capacities, including the National Coalition on Deafness and HIV/AIDS, the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons Advisory Board, D.C. Area Black Deaf Advocates, the International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon Sorority Endowment Fund Committee, the Council on Social Work Education Persons with Disabilities and Disabilities Council, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and the Metropolitan Washington Schools of Social Work Policy Practice Forum Steering Committee. She was a founder of Philadelphia Black Deaf Advocates, and led the NBDA Senior Citizens Program. She is an honorary life member and former board member of Deaf Women United, Inc.

Dr. Moore has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including Black Deaf persons and their families, and HIV/AIDS and the deaf community. In 2009, she and a colleague traveled to Asia to present on domestic violence at the International Counseling and Social Work Conference. They also visited a deaf school and had a dialogue with school officials about the needs of deaf children and their families and the involvement of deaf communities, and attended a dinner meeting hosted by the Penang Association of the Deaf. More recently, she was involved with a collaboration between Gallaudet and the Japan College of Social Work.

Appointed twice by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons Advisory Board, Dr. Moore was that board’s chair during her second term. She was a judge at the 1998 National Association of the Deaf Miss Deaf America Pageant and again at the 2014 National Association of the Deaf Youth Ambassador Program.

Among Dr. Moore’s many awards and recognitions are the 2007 Philadelphia Chapter Black Deaf Advocates Award for her 25-year leadership and advocacy in the Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, the 2011 Thomas and Julia Burg Mayes Award for community education leadership and management, and the 2017 D.C. Area Black Deaf Advocates’ Senior Citizens Award for her service to the community and the world. In 2018, she received the George W. Nevil Award from her alma mater, the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. PSD cited Dr. Moore as being a consistent, contributing role model, and for being PSD’s first alumna to earn a doctoral degree. In 2020, she was inducted into the newly-created PSD Achievement Hall of Fame.

In 2018, Dr. Moore was Gallaudet’s commencement speaker, the first faculty member to be so honored.

Dr. Moore’s son is an Afghanistan war veteran. She has two grandchildren.


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