#DeafSuccess at HBCUs: Exploring Deaf Student Experiences


#DeafSuccess Networks
at HBCUs

NDC would be working directly with institutions to offer support to improve their ability to implement practices and strategies that will increase participation in and completion of postsecondary training and education programs. The goal is to establish a professional work group to explore current practices, existing resources, and opportunities to build institutional capacity.

The aim of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity at HBCUs to recruit, retain, and support Black deaf students.  In partnership with Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton, researching and documenting deaf student experiences at HBCUs to increase awareness that HBCUs are an accessible option for postsecondary education. 


The Deaf Legacy Project

Students will be recruited into a cohort for the Deaf Legacy Program. Legacy is an important concept in this name as, there has been a long history, and mostly undocumented, of deaf students enrolling, persisting, and completing their education at HBCUs. 

The cohort commitment is one semester long, during Spring 2023 from January until May. The commitment involves participation in cohort meetings (research focus groups), advocacy & leadership training, and attendance to the Black Deaf Studies Conference at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

At the end of the cohort, students will have completed a photo journal of their experiences and receive a credit for their participation. Stay tuned for more information and updates!

Project Objectives

In 2022, the study has now become a collaboration between Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton and the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. The objectives of the study are…

  • To learn more about the experiences of Black Deaf and hard of hearing students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • To share the strengths and challenges of HBCUs ability to recruit, retain, and graduate students with disabilities
  • To make a connection between the past HBCUs and Black Deaf student relationships and how the past informs our current reality.
  • To provide resources to support HBCUs in serving Deaf students.

Deaf Legacy Project — Student Recruitment Criteria

Currently Enrolled
at a Historically Black
College or University

Identify as
with a Hearing Loss

Participate in Cohort
of 8-10 Students for
Spring 2023 (Jan-May)


HBCU Listening Session

If you are a professional representing an HBCU and are interested in learning more about the #deafsuccess HBCU Network, register to join a virtual networking and listening session. This session is open to disability service staff, faculty, and administration.

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