THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY IN DEAF AMERICA

CDDA is a non-partisan organization at Gallaudet University committed to developing healthy democratic skills and habits of deaf individuals by fostering disagreement, debate, and civic engagement through American Sign Language and English.

Our vision

A Deaf America in which deaf and hard of hearing people have the knowledge, skills, values, access, and motivation to:

CDDA Goals

Mission

To create inclusive and accessible environments in which every deaf person engages in critical reflection and participates in difficult conversations across differences in ASL.

How

Infuse:
Infuse Gallaudet and K-12 Deaf Education with curricular material that promote open-mindedness, humility, and constructive disagreement.

Vision

“A world of open-minded deaf people who welcome discomfort and seek growth by interacting with people with different opinions, perspectives, identities, and experiences.

Curate:

Curate talks, discussions and events in ASL that inspire self-reflection, connection across differences, curiosity, open-mindedness, intellectual and moral humility, and/or disagreement.

Debate with us

Nykol Pratt

Katy, TX
Biology

Catalina Romera

Riverside, CA
Social Work

Romel Thurman

Bay Area, CA
Physical Edu. & Rec.

Lexi Hill

Tyler, TX
History & Gov.

Jocelyn Saravia

Richmond, VA
Art & Media Design

Nykol Pratt

Katy, TX
Biology

Catalina Romera

Riverside, CA
Social Work

Romel Thurman

Bay Area, CA
Physical Edu. & Rec.

Lexi Hill

Tyler, TX
History & Gov.

Jocelyn Saravia

Richmond, VA
Art & Media Design

Claudia Smistek

Buffalo, NY
Biology

Aubrey Moorman

Laurel, MD
Undeclared

Dahlia Hernandez

Oswego, IL
Education

Julie Shoeman

Charles Town, WV
Social Work & Gov.

Nthabeleng McDonald

Albuquerque, NM
Physchology

Claudia Smistek

Buffalo, NY
Biology

Aubrey Moorman

Laurel, MD
Undeclared

Dahlia Hernandez

Oswego, IL
Education

Julie Shoeman

Charles Town, WV
Social Work & Gov.

Nthabeleng McDonald

Albuquerque, NM
Physchology

DEMOCRACY IN DEAF AMERICA

Benefits

Gallaudet University

Furthers the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf people in a rapidly changing world by building social capital, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and rhetorical skills.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Supports inclusive excellence by fostering active listening, critical self-reflection, and advocacy.

Deaf Gain

Illustrates the value of deaf people and deaf education to humanity by capitalizing on diversity and networks inherent in deaf communities to foster healthy skills and habits vital to American democracy.

"In this turbulent and dynamic century, our nation’s diverse democracy and interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry.

Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility should be core elements of a 21st century college education if our world is to thrive."

– Association of American Colleges and Universities

CDDA Team

Brendan Stern

Executive Director and Director of Debate

Lorenzo Lewis

Director of Disagreement

Kate Breen

Director of Civic Engagment

Kendell Bisson-Davis

Director of Communications

Additional Resources

Sign Vote

AAPD/REV UP

Civic Health Project

Citizen University Programs

Contact CDDA

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate

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Spring 2021 – Dec 12
Fall 2021 – May 15

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