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Three Gallaudet students have been invited to participate in a day of job shadowing with key figures in the Obama administration. Undergraduates Colin Whited, Allison Weiner, and Leila Hanaumi have gained this opportunity as part of Disability Mentoring Day, an annual program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). This year, the national launch on October 20 will take place in Washington, D.C., at the K Street law firm K & L Gates.
Disability Mentoring Day is an international effort to promote career development for students and job seekers through hands-on career exploration, on-site job shadowing, and ongoing mentoring leading to internship and employment opportunities. AAPD Program Manager Michael Murray said that the day will connect about 1,600 students with mentors in every U.S. state and territory and in 23 other countries.
Whited, Weiner, and Hanaumi will join 17 other college students, recent graduates, and law students from the D.C. area who will be placed with a mentor from the Federal Government that day. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Personnel Management are among the offices that will open their doors to the selected students and young professionals.
The launch breakfast will be hosted by The Honorable Dick Thornburg, who previously held the posts of governor of Pennsylvania and U.S. attourney general, and by Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management The Honorable Christine Griffin. The day will conclude with a meeting with Kareem Dale, special assistant to President Barack Obama for disability policy, and a dinner.
“DMD is a hugely successful program that provides rewarding interactions between people of the disability community and those in the professional community,” explained AAPD President and CEO Andy Imparato in a press release. Imparato added that the program is not only for the benefit of the mentees, but also for the mentors and coordinators, calling the experience “life-changing and irreplaceable” to all involved.
Indeed, said Murray, “we’re breaking stereotypes .”
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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