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Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Moore is the new interim CDO and she has vision… and a plan.
About Dr. Moore
Dr. Elizabeth Moore is Interim Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet University. Prior to that position, she was a professor at Gallaudet University Department of Social Work for 24 years. While teaching there, she was also a director of MSW Program for 12 years and was then the department chair for the last two years. Born and reared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she attended W. & E. Martin School, an oral day school for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and then transferred to Pennsylvania School for Deaf (PSD) where she finally learned American Sign Language. Dr. Moore graduated with honors in 1977 and was a salutatorian. She went to Gallaudet University where she graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. She also earned a Master of Social Work degree in 1994 and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration in 2011. Dr. Moore has been involved in numerous advocacy and professional organizations since 1981 in different capacities and has published several articles and has lectured on cultural diversity issues among deaf populations.
Dr. Moore comes from a rich legacy of deaf and civil rights activism. Her father and uncle worked tirelessly alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (as seen in the video to the right) and her son is an Afghanistan war veteran.
Dr. Moore shared, “Rev. MartinLutherKing, Jr. is one of my heroes. I was lucky enough to meet several influential Black Americans. In the summer of 1987, I met Rosa Parks at the Black Family Reunion in Detroit, Michigan where I worked at Deaf Options as a mental health therapist. I also met the sister of Dr. King, in November 2016 (see photo below) at the Ebenezer Baptist Church where a group of Black Deaf seniors and I attended as part of the National Black Deaf Advocates Biennial Senior Citizens Reunion (that I helped coordinate) in Atlanta, Georgia.
I actually stood next to Senator Barack Obama years ago at Bowie State University where he helped promote several Maryland candidates’ campaigns. I went there immediately after participating in the recruitment efforts at the Bowie State University Department of Social Work Graduate School Open House where the coordinator told us, the university recruiters, about the political event. Obama would announce his plan for presidency soon later. Also, I was selected to be part of a group of Gallaudet representatives that were sent to Howard University to watch the former First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech. I am, indeed, fortunate.”
Mbisana Kgakgamatso, a senior from Tutume, a village in Botswana, took faculty member Amy Stevens’ summer course, GSR 300: Art of Protest. During this course, Stevens taught her students about the medium of art and channeling important political and social messages through various creative outlets. One of the examples Stevens presented to her students was...
Sexuality within the deaf and hard of hearing community has always been a fascinating subject. It is shown anecdotally that there is a proportionally larger population of LGBTQIA+ identifying deaf and hard of hearing people than among the hearing population. While not fully proven yet, this phenomenon shows the need for the deaf community to...
President Cordano had the honor and privilege of speaking at the National Diversity Council’s Disability Inclusion Summit on September 30. President Cordano was the keynote speaker and was awarded the Disability Inclusion Leadership award. She also attended Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, which describes itself as “the world’s premier annual gathering of the preeminent...
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