Tawny Holmes, M.A., J.D., Esq.

Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Program Coordinator
ASL & Deaf Studies Program

Tawny Holmes

Secondary Location

SLCC 1216

Office Hours

1-2 p.m. MWF

Recently married- is now Tawny Holmes Hlibok (also known as Tanya Holmes).

Possesses 6 years of experience as an education lawyer/advocate/policy counsel/consultant

Teaching since 2006 (all the way from early childhood to college, including 4 years at Gallaudet University)

Contributed 15 years (and counting!) of dedication to advocacy and youth empowerment

Coordinates two Instagram accounts @ASLandDeafStudies and @Deafeducation

Is the current Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of ASL & Deaf Studies

Certified to practice law in the state of Maryland

Certified in Mediation, Family Mediation, Family Law

Teaches courses in Sign Language Policy and Planning, Rights & Advocacy, Language Attitudes & Ethics along with Deaf Women's Studies.

Serves as the Education Policy Counsel for the National Association of the Deaf which included co-chairing the National Deaf Education Conference, coordination of the Education Advocates program, chairing the Education Strategy Team then the Language Deprivation Taskforce. Currently leading the current National Families Campaign

Provides active support to the Gallaudet University President's Office on systematic change and policy related to early language acquisition by Deaf babies and children

Until recently, represented the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies on the Council of Graduate Education

Provides support as advisor to the Gallaudet University Student Body Government

Serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)

Serves on the Self-Determination Taskforce for the National Deaf Center

Serves on the Education Policy Expert workgroup for the World Federation of the Deaf

Formerly officer for the D.C. Association of the Deaf and a former MDAD for Families committee leader for the Maryland Association of the Deaf

Authored a chapter on advocacy strategies in "Language Deprivation and Mental Health" (Glickman & Hall, 2018) 

Wrote a chapter on interpreting laws' application in higher education in "Deaf Eyes on Interpreting" (Holcomb, 2018).

Is a well-known presenter and expert on Deaf education policy & law (from birth to graduation and local, state, federal & international)

Published in the Language, Society & Communication Journal, NADMag, RID Views, the Clerc Center Odyssey, On the Green, various blogs


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002