From Alexander Leffers
January 14, 2022
Dear Gallaudet and Clerc Center communities:
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is the third Monday every January, near his birthdate. This year, we celebrate the 27th anniversary of this day on Monday, January 17. It is the only federally recognized day of service in America – a day when we are encouraged to use our time off from work or school to volunteer service in our communities. It is the best way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We recognize that COVID-19 impacted many communities and created new challenges. But, the spirit of volunteerism continues. Service builds stronger, healthier communities and leads to greater hope. We encourage you to look within your community and find a way to serve.
Dr. King once said:
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
As we celebrate Dr. King through our acts of service, we must also continue our journey of living, learning, and appreciating the rich tapestry of diversity we have here at Gallaudet. In that vein, we announce that the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEDI) is launching its Spring 2022 Lecture Series This series will be a monthly webinar event and will be open to everyone in the Gallaudet and Clerc Center communities. Our first webinar will take place on Friday, January 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Our first lecturer, Akilah English, will present on the topic “Constructing a Counternarrative Through an Intersectional Lens.” We hope you will join us; registration is required.
Also coming up is the kick-off of our Bison Circles on Wednesday, January 19 at 7 p.m., also via Zoom. These circles are part of our anti-racism plan. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join in and learn more about the Bison Circles, why we have them, and what our plans are. Please register to attend.
Black History Month is February 1 to 28! Please watch MyGU for more information about events and programming throughout the month from DEDI, the Center for Black Deaf Studies, and other campus units.
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his love for service and community, DEDI continues to serve Gallaudet and Clerc Center to foster an inclusive community where everyone belongs. We wish you a meaningful Day of Service.
Elizabeth A. Moore, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Roberta J. Cordano