Gallaudet made history this past week at the annual PJSA conference in Birmingham, Alabama

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Gallaudet made history this past week at the annual PJSA conference in Birmingham, Alabama

 Edgar "Bernie" Palmer, executive director of ODES, Dr. Elavie Ndura, CDO, and Matthew Rider-Barclay, manager of projects at the Clerc Center.

Gallaudet University made history this past week at the annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) in Birmingham, Alabama. Edgar “Bernie” Palmer, ’78 & G-’03, executive director of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, Dr. Elavie Ndura, Chief Diversity Officer, and Matthew Rider-Barclay, projects manager at the Clerc Center, gave the first presentation ever featuring deaf presenters at the conference.

Their panel, titled “Fostering Healing, Transformation, and Peace through Diversity Engagement: Perspectives from the Deaf Community and Gallaudet University”, discussed the unique mandate, rich opportunities and inherent challenges to serve deaf and hard of hearing students, staff, and faculty while ensuring intersectionality as the underlying diversity framework necessary to foster healing, transformation, and peace.

The PJSA conference was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from October 25 through October 29, 2017, and featured over 70 different workshops, panels, round table discussions, films and performances. The non-profit organization, founded in 2001, serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict studies. It aims to bring together academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peace building, social justice and social change.

Pictured from left: Palmer, Ndura, and Rider-Barclay.

Posted by Darrius Doe | Posted November 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM