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Dr. Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Certification in the Office of Student Success and Academic Quality, is one of several people featured in Diverse Leadership for a New Era, a new Chronicle of Higher Education special report on diversity in administrative ranks in academia. The 48-page report, written by Chronicle senior editor Alexander C. Kafka, contains sections on whether administrative diversity matters, placing emphasis on culture and not quotas, and attracting and developing talent. Kobek Pezzarossi is profiled in the third section. As a new administrator and as an American Council on Education fellow at Widener University this past year, she is described as being unique in that she is not part of the “holy trinity of diversity discussions” – race, class, and gender. Rather, she is Deaf.
Kobek Pezzarossi is quoted extensively. She says that “diversity in bodies” – that is, physical disability – does not compete with other diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. “Rather, it is inspired by that work. The work of people of color informed the disability rights movement.” She was very complimentary of her experience at Widener, saying that it has broadened her world view as to her present and future roles in the academic community.Diverse Leadership for a New Era is available for purchase at the Chronicle of Higher Education online store.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA), and Gallaudet are discussing new inclusive emergency management education partnerships. This dovetails with our new graduate certificate program in Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Planning (DEP, headed by Dr. Audrey Cooper, interdisciplinary lead for the...
Gallaudet students, faculty, staff, and alumni played a prominent role in the 58th biennial conference of the National Association of the Deaf, held June 30-July 4 in Orlando. Florida. The Gallaudet University College Bowl team defended its championship on Saturday, July 2, defeating RIT/NTID and the University of Minnesota. This was Gallaudet’s tenth win overall...
On July 5, 2022, Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 96, recognizing the historical significance of the 70th anniversary of Miller v. Board of Education of District of Columbia. This case, brought by Louise B. Miller on behalf of her deaf children, ended the practice of sending...
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