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Gallaudet University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
(202) 651-5000
School Information
Gallaudet is the only university in the world where students live and learn in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Here being deaf is not something to overcome, but the place to embrace oneself, build connections within and beyond the signing and deaf community. At Gallaudet our students find affirmative and positive acceptance of who they are and all they have to offer our world. The freedom to communicate easily with everyone around you without barriers will change your life. Learn more about the Bilingual Advantage. Gallaudet University is a world-class institution with a rich history of transformation and impact. For more than 150 years, Gallaudet has been the political, social, and economic engine of the signing community.
General Information
The Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is currently working to reimagine every aspect of the university as anti-racist and will promote social justice. Gallaudet University appears to have embraced critical theory, critical race theory, and other such philosophies going back several years. See below.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Gallaudet has announced that it will create bias training for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators by May 2021.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The primary and secondary education center is creating an anti-racist Equity Plan.
  • Gallaudet University offers several courses and programs in critical theory, critical race theory, marxism, etc. For instance: Introduction to Cultural Studies This course investigates how culture shapes the way people see the world. Students will engage with critical theories, including marxism, feminism, postcolonialism and critical race theory as a means of understanding the intersectionalities of deaf lives.
  • Gallaudet offers a PhD in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners that incorporates critical race theory, etc.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Gallaudet has added the position of Chief Diversity Officer, which will collaborate on a program to reimagine the university's Department of Public Safety.
Symbolic Actions
  • An update was provided regarding "Anti-Racism Progress" in Aprill 2021.
  • In December 2022, Gallaudet will be starting a program to hire "BIPOC DDBDDHH vendors, contractors, and suppliers."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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