The journey to becoming:

Making Gallaudet a place
of belonging and equity

The Gallaudet anti-racism plan is now available for community feedback.

Since June 2020, the Executive Team has been listening to students and community stakeholders to understand how to make Gallaudet into a place of belonging and equity.

The Gallaudet anti-racism plan includes:

  • community comments and feedback;
  • individual, departmental, and institutional action items intended to identify bias and reform any inequitable practices; and
  • feedback from six meetings with stakeholder groups.

We ask for your feedback on this anti-racism plan by or before October 1, 2020. Thank you!


We are becoming.

See our progress since the early 1800s. And make no mistake–it is not enough.

Belonging and Equity

Gallaudet University is strong. We are complex and diverse.

Gallaudet strives to be a community where people feel they belong and contribute to the world as their authentic selves. This goal is important to our community as we build the inclusive excellence we want to see in the world.

Diversity is part of what makes us strong.


Our progress and events

Inclusivity for all

Our community extends well beyond our schools

We strive to build and maintain a culture and climate based on the following principles of community as developed by the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of Gallaudet University.


We honor and affirm the dignity inherent in all of us and in all people, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another. We are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our community and society.


We are accountable for our actions. We will act ethically, honestly, and with trust in all our interactions.

Living, Well-being, and Belonging

We welcome, value, and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions. We create and nurture environments that support the living, well-being, and belonging of all community members.

Compassionate Collaboration

We genuinely broaden our understanding of others’ experiences and life journeys, and build rapport grounded in mutual trust and respect. We co-create positive environments necessary for our integrated work to flourish and support the mission and vision of Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center.

Social Justice

We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness, equity and civility; the duty to challenge prejudice and discrimination, and the mandate to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.


We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of one another and the development of our local, regional, and global Deaf communities and broader society.

Equitable Outcomes for Students

An initiative by the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion aimed at bringing together students at Gallaudet in an attempt to understand, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of students who belong to underrepresented communities.

Gallaudet’s Biweekly Stand Against Systemic Racism Webinars

We are actively addressing systemic racism with biweekly webinars arranged by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Anti-Racism Commitment Team.
The Anti-Racism Commitment Team consists of representatives from:
  • Faculty of Color Coalition
  • Organization for Equity for Deaf Staff of Color
  • Gallaudet Staff Council
  • Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Gallaudet Survey on Inclusion and Personal Experience

This survey was created to gather data from our community members on how you feel about Gallaudet as an institution and its overall diversity and inclusion efforts.

We strive for Gallaudet to be an inclusive learning and social environment where everyone feels like they belong and are valuable. This may not be the reality for some and we want to get it right.

So, fill out this brief survey authentically and let us know how we are doing. Thank you!

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