Gallaudet: the future
Adam Stone reviewed a presentation by Steven Weiner today in which the latter tried to make his case for the Presidency of Gallaudet University. Adam was less than impressed, but one thing he said struck me:
Okay, isn’t that already what we all want? I wanted to hear something new. Something bold.
He threw in some great gems, though. “Working at Gallaudet is not a job; it is a mission.” “We are past capital-D deaf.” “We must serve all deaf with mutual respect for all.”
Oh, and he quoted my most favorite Talmud quote ever, “He who saves one person saves the world.”
But still - I didn’t feel his vision. I’m still not sure what it was.
Yep. What's gonna happen down on Florida Ave.? What should the future contain for Gallaudet? What challenges is it going to face as an institution? As a Deaf institution? I commented as below:
Well, what do you think needs reform at Gallaudet? I’d like to see:
*A commitment to recruiting teachers in departments which have suffered from lack of people such as physics and other science depts.
*A commitment to encouraging the development of Deaf-centered technology
*A strategy for dealing with the coming generation of Deaf individuals most of whom will have cochlear implants - we need to find ways to continue to make Gallaudet attractive to all Deaf people.
*A commitment to exploring that “the Deaf nation may have many tribes” (if I can quote myself)
The Deaf community is changing. The direction the University will take in the next few years is crucial. We need leadership and unity. We need respect and recognition of difference while at the same time noting similarity.
Here's my question - what bold things would you like to see happen at Gally? What would make you want to be a student there?