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Gallaudet to hold events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Deaf President Now (DPN)

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Gallaudet University | Office of the President
Dear Campus Community,

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This March, Gallaudet will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Deaf President Now (DPN), a defining moment in deaf civil rights history which ushered in our first deaf president, Dr. I. King Jordan, and ensured, for the first time ever, our Board of Trustees would be made up of a deaf majority.

DPN has left a lasting impact on the world and continues to be a catalyst that sparks positive change today. It forever changed hearts, minds, and attitudes for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and hearing. 

The theme of the 30th anniversary celebration is “Introducing the Unsung Heroes of DPN: The Backbone of the Deaf Civil Rights Movement.” Three events will be held in March and April at the Field House. Event sponsors will host receptions after each panel discussion. 

Conversations Across Nations (CAN) will host Facebook Lives on the Gallaudet University official Facebook page during each event for our alumni and friends. In addition, on Saturday, March 24, in-person CAN events will be hosted throughout the country and the world. If you are interested in hosting a CAN, please contact Charity Warigon at

We are calling on our alumni and friends to share their personal DPN stories as well. Between Sunday, March 18 and Saturday, March 24, please share your video stories on Facebook about the impact of DPN. Be sure to use #DPN30 when posting your video. 

In case you have not yet seen it, the Board of Trustees delivered a resolution at their recent meeting declaring that March 6 through 13 has been officially designated as Deaf President Now (DPN) week. You can watch a video of the resolution here

I look forward to seeing you at the DPN 30th anniversary events! 
Roberta J. Cordano

College Hall | 800 Florida Avenue, NE | Washington, DC 20002-3695 
202-651-5505 | |
Posted by B Mutisya Nzyuko | Posted March 1, 2018 at 12:47 PM


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002