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Unity for Gallaudet Protest

  • By: Tawny Holmes & Ben Jarashow
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

The student protests surrounding the selection of the ninth president of Gallaudet University in 2006 are collectively known as the “Unity for Gallaudet” protest. Numerous events led up to and happened during the protest, which spanned nine months. Unlike the 1988 “Deaf President Now” civil rights movement, there were multiple rationales behind the protest, which had support from the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Deaf community members.

Activities and Events Leading Up to the Protest

On September 1, 2005, I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University, announced his intentions to retire from the presidency effective December 31, 2006. The presidential search commenced and was led by a committee of board of trustee members, faculty, staff, alumni, and students. In February 2006, the final three candidates were announced: ...

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