Dr. Vicki Ruiz, president of the Organization of American Historians and Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, gave a presentation at Gallaudet on April 12 entitled "La Nueva Chicana": Women in the Chicano Movement. She gave a brief background on Chicano history, then focused on how “Chicana” women have been instrumental within the Chicano movement to gain civil rights. She also discussed how issues of class and gender affected the success of the movement. An award-winning scholar, Ruiz is author, editor, or coeditor of nine books, including From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America (1997) and, with Ellen Carol DuBois, Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S History (3d ed., 2000). Her talk was sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Government and History Department, and the Latino Student Union.
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) Coordinator Patricia Tesar (right), OSWD Director Edgar Palmer (second from left), and Center for Academic Programs and Student Services Associate Dean Eileen Matthews (left), are shown with Bonnie McClellan, disabilities consultant and past director of Disability Support Services at the Catholic University of America, following McClellan’s presentation at a March 31 Language Learning Disabilities Forum for Faculty and Staff. The event, entitled “Understanding and Supporting Learning Differences and Disabilities,” was the third OSWD-sponsored forum this year. All of the forums focused on serving and teaching students with learning disabilities. The forums, which were coordinated by Dr. Tesar, attracted more than 175 on-campus professionals and administrators who attended to gain insight on teaching and providing accommodations to assist these college students in reaching their academic goals. According to Tesar, students with learning disabilities represent the fastest growing disability group at Gallaudet—about 38 percent of OSWD’s caseload. Some of the points covered by McClellan were the definition of a language learning disability, a discussion of legal considerations, identifying learning strategies and areas for student support, and teaching practices and suggestions to help students with learning disabilities succeed academically.
The Department of Business (DOB) celebrated deaf entrepreneurship on April 20 with an event named Business After Hours. The evening included a retirement party for Professor Marshall Wick (pictured here with this family)
Pictured are (from left): DOB faculty members Thomas Baldridge, associate professor, Jeffrey Gauer, instructor, and Julie Bourne, President’s Fellow; first-place winner Andres Piedrahita, an accounting major who received $500 from the Sutcliffe Scholarship Fund; Makur Aciek, staff accountant in the Finance Office and a Business Bowl judge; DOB faculty members Emilia Chukwuma, associate professor and Business Bowl judge and Bernard Brown, assistant professor and Business Bowl coordinator; and Dr. Agboola.
John Yeh receives Business Person of the Year Award from Isaac Agboola, Dept of Business chair, at Business After Hours.
International students, wearing native dress of their countries, parade across campus on April 11 during International Awareness Week. At Gallaudet, the week’s activities, which were sponsored by the English Language Institute Student Organization, were a celebration of international students and their cultures. Highlights of the week included presentations on cultural perspectives of various countries, traditional dancing, skits, and food from countries such as South Africa, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, and Nigeria.
Students taking French and Spanish classes with Dr. Cristi Berdichevsky, associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, along with social work students studying with professor Barbara White and members of the Graduate Social Work Organization organized a series of events in April to generate awareness and support for deaf people in Cameroon and Guatemala. Berdichevsky's students were completing service learning projects required in her courses that are intended to show solidarity with deaf communities in developing countries. Funds raised from two car washes like the one pictured here, selling Cameroonian food on campus, and other efforts will benefit Cameroon's Buea School for the Deaf and support the Guatemalan Deaf Association (ASORGUA). Funds for ASORGUA are intended to bring two representatives to Gallaudet to learn about establishing an interpreter training program in their country. Berdichevsky said that additional fundraisers will be needed to reach their goals. (ABOVE) Pictured are (left) students Lena Dunning and David Spicer and (right, back to front) Dr. White and students Al Sandoval and Francisco Torres.