NACURH Winner
Month: February 2019

NACURH, INC.

Diversity Program of the Month
Deaf-eristy

School: Wright State University Region: CAACURH
Person in charge: Tyler Burnett Nominator: Markayla Clayton

Target Population: 30 Time Needed to Organize: 2 Weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 15 Date(s) of Program: February 22, 2019
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $41
On-Campus Population: 3000 Chapter Size: 30

Origin of Program:

Resident Assistant Tyler Burnett thought long and hard about the social program he wanted to host for his residents. He decided he wanted to inform his residents about deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). Tyler reached out to a graduate student on campus who is fluent in ASL and understands and can teach about the deaf community and the language. Wright State University has a large deaf community and a lot of students who are instead in ASL. He decided he wanted to bring ASL to his residents and hopefully educate them on the topic.

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Please give a short description of the program:

The program took place in Resident Assistant Tyler Burnett's floor lounge. He invited in graduate student, Shelby Dinkledine, to teach residents American Sign Language (ASL) and inform residents about deaf culture. The program started out with Shelby introducing herself and her qualifications. She has been taking ASL courses for the past 6 years now and is working on getting a certificate in ASL interpreting. She assessed the room to see how many students knew ASL or were taking ASL courses. There were about 3 students currently taking ASL courses. She then taught the group of residents the alphabet in ASL. After that, she began a presentation about the deaf community's history, do's and don'ts when it comes to communication with a person who is deaf, information about cochlear implants, and the discrimination that has happened to people who are deaf. During the presentation, Shelby showed the video of the deaf man who went through a Taco Bell drive thru and was denied service because he was deaf. This video made national news and it happened about 15 minutes away from Wright State University. After her presentation, we all video chatted with a friend of her's named Cecilia Grugan. Cecilia was a 2018 graduate of Wright State University who is now working and living in Washington D.C. and who is deaf and been deaf her whole life. Cecilia has a cochlear implant and knows ASL. She was able to give insight to what it is like to be deaf. She talked about how it was growing up being deaf, what it was like going to a typical school, how her family and friends acted, and the challenges and experiences she's had along the way. Talking with Cecilia was an opportunity for residents to ask questions that they might have been embarrassed or hesitant to ask just any person who is deaf. A lot of people want to ask questions and understand but they are afraid they will come off as rude so this was a great opportunity for them to not be afraid and ask any question they want. After the video chat with Cecilia, Shelby wrapped up the program with a true and false activity to see what the residents knew about the deaf community.

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Goals of the program:

A goal of the program was to inform residents of the deaf community and culture. Residents were informed about the do's and don'ts when around people who are deaf. They were educated about cochlear implants and how they work. Residents were exposed to the language of American Sign Language (ASL). Residents were educated of the basics in ASL.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This program exposed residents to the world that is the deaf community. They are all different and individuals and we as hearing people should take the steps needed to support those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Residents were taught ways to be more inclusive and more intentional. The program could have sparked an interest in deaf studies in residents that could lead to students taking a course or telling friends or family about what they have learned. This program was a small part in making society more welcoming and understanding of different people and different cultures.

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Short evaluation of the program:

This program was done simply and effectively. There was good content and the residents were interested in the topic. There were a couple different activities and parts of the program to adapt to different types of learners. There were also different parts of the program, such as the powerpoint, video, video chat, true/false activity, and food, that could be memorable to different people. The program planner could have advertised more and earlier to increase attendance but the turn out was more than expected and the residents who were in attendance were engaged and interested.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could very easily be adapted to other campuses. For a bigger event, there could be different presenters with different types of backgrounds (professors - hearing and deaf, current students who are taking American Sign Language (ASL), professionals in the work place who are deaf, families with deaf parents or with deaf children or both). There are many other topics that could be discuss like other countries and their deaf communities or how to get involved locally in the deaf community. Another activity could be residents learning more ASL signs and then applying it. There could be a silent dinner where residents are challenged to communicate using ASL.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-02-28 10:19:15

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