#DeafSuccess at HBCUs: Exploring Deaf Student Experiences
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!
- 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.