Alexander Leffers

Web Content Developer/Editor
Marketing & Creative Services

Alexander Leffers

Phone Numbers

202-568-8929 (VP)

Email

alexander.leffers@gallaudet.edu

Location

Chapel Hall G12E

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alexander Leffers' career began before he graduated from Gallaudet. To pay his rent off campus, he worked as a proofreader during the evenings and weekends. By 1993, he had earned his B.A. degree. After living in Oregon for a few years, he came back to Northern Virginia and eventually landed a job at Gallaudet University Press, where he worked as the publishing assistant for a few years. It was there that his interest in graphic design grew.

Upon leaving Gallaudet, Alex found a job at a professional association as a publications assistant and enrolled at the University of Baltimore for Publications Design, taking evening and weekend classes. Alex earned his M.A. degree in 2002 and went on to a 15-year career in graphic design, working on everything from newsletters and magazines to marketing, public relations, and communications materials. Alex has worked for professional associations, business-to-business publishing houses, and with the Institute for Disability Research and Training Inc. (IDRT).

While working for IDRT, Alex enrolled at The Art Institute to study web design and development. He learned how to create websites, using HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery; develop content; and work with content management systems. The skills he has in editing, design, and web design and development bring him full circle, back to Gallaudet University as the web content developer/editor.

Alex resides in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife, Valerie and their two dogs, Bonita and Molly.

  • Oversee content development of all the University's public-facing web pages; and assists and edits academic department webpage content. 
  • Works with the senior writer and other campus web authors to develop content and ensure that information on websites is accurate.
  • Collaborates with campus colleagues to develop new webpages -- ensures webpages are consistent with the current design and that content follows editorial standards.
  • Assists other web authors to ensure that their sites provide web audiences with timely and accurate information and that their message is consistent with the Gallaudet mission.
  • Reviews and approves or declines content uploaded by campus authors. Follows editorial styles used by University Communications and graphic design styles. Declined content is sent back to the authors with request for changes.
  • Reports to WebComm with web updates, concerns and questions.
  • Assists the senior writer with managing the University's on-line calendar and Daily Digest.
  • Advises the director of creative services on web-related matters including those affecting content, design, hardware, and software.
  • Diversity Strategy Team member, a committee run by the president's office.
  • Marketing chair, Gallaudet Staff Council (GSC).
  • Transgender Task Force (Restrooms and Facilities Workforce). We put new "All Gender Inclusive" signs on single use bathrooms.
  • Teaches workshops on transgender issues, for various classes on campus.
  • Works closely with the LGBTQA Resource Center to provide trainings on transgender issues to staff and faculty.
  • Moderates a support group for transgender students here on campus, in partnership with the LGBTQA Resource Center.
  • Provide workshops, advocacy and other community work outside of Gallaudet. Currently working to develop the first Deaf transgender retreat.
  • Founder and moderator of an online support group for deaf transgenders. 

Award: Highest Achieving Student in the Web Development program at Art Institute of Washington, 2012

Award: Michael Felt's Lifetime Achievement Award from International Deaf Leather, 2012

Essay published in Eyes of Desire II, edited by Raymond Luczak.

 

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