Edgar Palmer

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Multicultural Student Development & Mentoring / Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring

Edgar Palmer

Phone Numbers

202-559-5396 (VP)

Email

edgar.palmer@gallaudet.edu

Location

Hall Memorial Building S141F

Office Hours

M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm or by appointment

  • M.S. Special Education Administration
  • M.Ed Deaf Education,
  • BA History
  • Certificate of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management, Georgetown University

Edgar Palmer is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring (MSDM) at Gallaudet University where his responsibilities include providing leadership, direction and management for all program units and office initiatives including, personnel and strategic planning. He is also tasked with oversight and management of the office’s budget and payroll, managing educational and informational programming, as well as oversight of events, workshops, and activities. In an effort to provide exemplary services to university students, MSDM incorporates best practices within higher education and facilitates the continuous evaluation and assessment of all MSDM units, including, Cross-Campus Multicultural and International Student Programs, Keeping the Promise and Transitional  Programs, and the University’s LGBTQA Resource Center. Additionally, Mr. Palmer collaborates with academic and non-academic departments and services to ensure quality service delivery to students. MSDM is I unit housed under the auspices of the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to support the overall diversity mission of the university.

Aside from his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Palmer has taught undergraduate courses in history and General Studies. Throughout his career at Gallaudet, Mr. Palmer held a variety of positions which have contributed to the depth and breadth of his understanding of diversity and inclusion in higher education settings. These include: director of the English Language Institute, Director of the Tutorial Center, Associate Dean of the Center for Academic Programs and Services, Associate Dean of New Student Orientation and Coordinator of the University’s Honors Program. Mr. Palmer was also inducted into the National Academic Bowl Hall of fame in April, 2016 and was the tournament’s first director. Mr. Palmer also wrote and developed the model that became the university’s Ombud’s Office. He also strengthened the university’s Service Animal policy.

In 2016, Mr. Palmer was the recipient of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA), Irving King Jordan Distinguished Service Award. Currently, Mr. Palmer is the chair of the university’s Recognition Committee and serves as the Point of Contact for the Kendall School Division II for Negroes Memorial, a project that will ultimately bring a permanent memorial to campus that recognizes the role of the Miller v. Gallaudet University and the District of Columbia Public Schools lawsuit that lead to the desegregation of the Kendall School in 1952. Mr. Palmer has also served as international president for the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), Treasurer of the District of Columbia Black Deaf Advocate, served as a vice-president and board  member at the Maryland School for the Deaf and is currently vice-chair of the National Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN). He currently serves as a board member for the American School for the Deaf Board of Trustees.

Mr. Palmer earned a bachelor degree in history from Gallaudet University (1977), a master degree in deaf education from William McDaniel College, formerly Western Maryland College (1980), and a master degree in special education administration at Gallaudet University (2003). He also earned a certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown School of Continuing Studies.

Mr. Palmer is proud Jamaican-American who has a strong interest in equity and social Justice.

 

Provides leadership, direction and management to all program units and initiatives under the Office of, Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring (MSDM) including, but not limited to, Keeping the Promise and Transition Programs, Mentoring, Cross-Cultural and International Multicultural Student Programs, and the LGBTQA Resource Center; provides direction for  MSDM including personnel and strategic planning, oversight and management of budget and payroll; manages educational and informational programming, events, workshops, and activities that are geared toward overall student learning and development, and for increasing program development relative to current trends and needs of the students and campus community with the intent to enhance enrollment, retention, and academic success of students; facilitates the continuous evaluation and assessment of all MSDM units and initiatives; collaborates with academic and non-academic departments and services, the faculty, and the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to support the Diversity mission of the University.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Taught History 111 & History 112, American History I, and II at Gallaudet University the following semesters:

Spring 2016 HIS 112.02

Fall 2015 HIS 111.01

Spring 2015: HIS 111.01

Fall 2007: HIS 111.01

Spring 2007: HIS 111.03

Fall 2006: HIS 111.07

Fall 2005: HIS 111.04

Spring 2005: (2 classes) HIS 112.07, HIS 112.08

Fall 2004: HIS 111.01

Spring 2004: (2 classes) HIS 112.05, HIS 112.01

Fall 2003: (2 classes) HIS 111.05, HIS 111.01

Spring 2003: HIS 112.02, HIS 112.03

Fall 2002: (2 classes) HIS 112.01, HIS 112.02

Spring 2001: HIS 112.07

Fall 2000: HIS 111.04

Spring 2000: HIS 112.07

Fall 1999: HIS 111.05

Spring 1999: HIS 111.04

Taught General Studies Courses at Gallaudet University:

Fall 2010: GSR 101.03S

Fall 2012: GSR 101.03R

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

1988 - 1993

Microcosm: Served on the Planning Committee of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf faculty/staff Microcosm. Served as a regular member of a group of approximately 26 individuals from within the school who met regularly to enhance and promote positive views and attitudes with regard to multicultural, racial, religion, sexual orientation issues, etc., among faculty, staff, parents, and especially, the students at MSSD. The underlying goal was to increase levels of awareness and sensitivity to the various cultures and demographics at MSSD; to assist Black and other ethnic groups with taking full advantage of the academic and developmental programs 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Completed the following professional development courses with the Gallaudet University Human Resources Department:

December, 2011

Policies and Procedures 

 

November, 2011

Gallaudet-Federal Connection 

 

April, 2008 

Administering Compensation 

April 2008 

Managing the Hiring Process 

April, 2008

Coaching and Supervision 

April, 2008

Managing Conflict 

April, 2008

Evaluating Staff Performance 

 

April, 2008 

Professional Presence & Communication 

March, 2008

Leadership in 21st Century 

 

March 2008 

Workers' Compensation at Gallaudet 

February, 2008

Evaluating Staff Performance 

February, 2008 

Risk Management 

June, 2006   

Workplace Harassment--CTM 

 

PRESENTATIONS/PANELS/TRAINING

 

July, 1987

Presenter; Western Maryland College

Presented personal views on adventitious deafness and a general overview of the vocational rehabilitation process.

May, 1986

Panelist; Baltimore City Department of Health and Human Services. Presented personal views on deafness during Disability Awareness Week.

June, 1985

Participant; Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Training in communication assessment techniques by N.A.D. Assessing clients' communication skills .

February, 1985

Panelist; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD. Workshop on vocational rehabilitation issues. Presented on personal views and experiences with the rehabilitation process.

October, 1984

Participant; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD. Completed a training program related to VR case management systems.

1983-1988

Participant; Attended Annual Conferences on Deafness. Attended various workshops on issues related to deafness. Philadelphia, PA.

November, 1982

Participant; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD with the West Virginia University Research and Training Center. Completed a Level One training program in the Preliminary Diagnostic Questionnaire.

November, 1982

Participant; Helen Keller National Center

Attended a one-week training program focusing on best practices for working with the deaf-blind population.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Completed the following professional development courses with the Gallaudet University Human Resources Department:

December, 2011

Policies and Procedures 

 

November, 2011

Gallaudet-Federal Connection 

 

April, 2008 

Administering Compensation 

April 2008 

Managing the Hiring Process 

April, 2008

Coaching and Supervision 

April, 2008

Managing Conflict 

April, 2008

Evaluating Staff Performance 

 

April, 2008 

Professional Presence & Communication 

March, 2008

Leadership in 21st Century 

 

March 2008 

Workers' Compensation at Gallaudet 

February, 2008

Evaluating Staff Performance 

February, 2008 

Risk Management 

June, 2006   

Workplace Harassment--CTM 

 

PRESENTATIONS/PANELS/TRAINING

July, 1987

Presenter; Western Maryland College

Presented personal views on adventitious deafness and a general overview of the vocational rehabilitation process.

May, 1986

Panelist; Baltimore City Department of Health and Human Services. Presented personal views on deafness during Disability Awareness Week.

June, 1985

Participant; Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Training in communication assessment techniques by N.A.D. Assessing clients' communication skills .

February, 1985

Panelist; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD. Workshop on vocational rehabilitation issues. Presented on personal views and experiences with the rehabilitation process.

October, 1984

Participant; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD. Completed a training program related to VR case management systems.

1983-1988

Participant; Attended Annual Conferences on Deafness. Attended various workshops on issues related to deafness. Philadelphia, PA.

November, 1982

Participant; Maryland Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, MD with the West Virginia University Research and Training Center. Completed a Level One training program in the Preliminary Diagnostic Questionnaire.

November, 1982

Participant; Helen Keller National Center

Attended a one-week training program focusing on best practices for working with the deaf-blind population.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Chair: Kendall School Division II for Negroes Committee, 2016-Present
  • Chair: Gallaudet University Recognition Committee, 2018-presen
  • Vice-chair, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) 2015
  • President Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA) 2005-2007
  • Advisory Board Community Services for the Deaf (CSD) 2007
  • Board Member and Region I Director, Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc., 2003-2005.
  • Advisory Board: Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) 2007-2009.
  • Board of Trustees: Maryland School for the Deaf, 1999-2011, Vice-president, 2001-2003.
  • Captioning Research Advisory Board, Gallaudet University. 1992-1993.
  • Participant: Gallaudet University Innovation, Direction, and Empowerment (GUIDE) , 1992-1993.
  • Microcosm Planning Committee, Model Secondary School for the Deaf. 1989-1993.
  • Advisory Board: District of Columbia Area Black Deaf Advocates, Inc . 1989-1993.
  • Advisory Board: Western Maryland College Teacher Training Program. 1986-1988.
  • Advisory Board: American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, Metro-Washington Chapter. 1987-1990.
  • Governor's Committee for Affirmative Action. Maryland State Department of Education. 1986-1988

AWARDS

  • Certificate of Appreciation for serving as an Internship Advisor, Department of Social Work, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC 2013
  • Special Commendation, Emancipation Day Planning Committee, District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 2012
  • Special Recognition, Service to the Board of Trustees, Maryland School for the Deaf, 1999-2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Gallaudet University, for securing external grants, 1997
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Co-Chair, Gallaudet University Diversity Council, 1997-1998
  • American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, Metro Washington Chapter, Certificate of Outstanding Achievement and Service to the Board, 1990.
  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Certificate for Outstanding Achievement, 1987.
  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Counselor of the Year, 1986.

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