Elvia Guillermo Aguilar


Manager, Intercultural Alliances

My name is Elvia Guillermo Aguilar, I moved to Washington, D.C. from Mexico in 1999 to get a better education and life. I came from deaf parents, a deaf brother, and two CODA siblings. Mexican schools did not provide interpreting services, but my CODA siblings interpreted for my deaf brother and I for nine years, from elementary school to preparatory school. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be here at Gallaudet University as a Latina professional career woman.

I received my Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from El Centro Universitario Guadalajara Lamar in Guadalajara, Mexico.

I am the Manager of Intercultural Alliances within the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (DEDI). I provide conceptual and administrative leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of division-wide efforts designed to strengthen intercultural competency, cross-cultural communication, restorative practices, and overall community belonging. I also provide presentations, workshops and training on topics of diversity and social justice.

I was a co-founder of the Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan DC Area, Inc. I was the vice-president of this organization from 2005 to 2008. I was also the President of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing (now Council de Manos) from January 2013 to January 2015. I was vice-president from 2008 – 2012. I was the Treasurer of Deaf Women United from September 2017 to February 15, 2019. I was Vice-President of the Organization for Equity of Deaf Staff of Color (OEDSOC) at Gallaudet University. I am currently the Treasurer of the District of Columbia Association of the Deaf.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, watching movies, kayaking, hiking, and biking to explore the beautiful community in D.Cs. I also like going to restaurants and spending time with my friends and enjoy a good conversation.

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