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The event began with a poem, Still, We Can, by the renowned American Sign Language artist and performer, Mario “Manny” Hernandez, ’01 & G-’16. Hernandez’s captivating rendition highlighted the virtual vibrancy that Gallaudet and the deaf community have built over the last year. As constant innovators, we have found a way to stay connected.
President Cordano said that Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center had shown that we can learn, teach, and work virtually; that we can create an online sign language vibrant environment that we CAN navigate this time of immense upheaval and uncertainty on a local, national, and global scale, and that we can create change and continue building a world of belonging. She concluded that we can return to learning, living, and working on-campus safely. Interim Dean of the Faculty Khadijat K. Rashid, ’90, provided an optimistic overview of our summer plans, which include major changes to the summer calendar and face-to-face instruction as part of a hybrid approach.
The Deaf Experience and Intersectionality: Honor the Deaf experience across the spectrum of identities and intersectionalities.
Being Bilingual: Embrace and promote bilingual communication and sign language vibrancy as the essence of our connection as a community.
Belonging: Create a campus that leverages the rich diversity of identities, cultures, linguistic backgrounds, languages, and life experiences leading to equitable opportunities, full access, and a deep sense of belonging for all.
Lifelong Learning and Adaptability: Foster curiosity and adaptability about new and differing perspectives as the foundation for learning, research, discovery, and individual and community growth.
Trust and Respect: Act with personal and professional integrity to create a culture that reflects respect for ourselves, our campus, our community, and our planet.
In sum, Gallaudet and Clerc Center are moving — we are becoming and we have never stopped. Together, we can.
The State of the University video is available here.
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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