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For over 150 years, our mission has been to empower deaf and hard of hearing communities globally. This mission lives through Gallaudet’s position as a space where the vitality of the deaf experience and vibrancy of sign language thrive.
By working for the greater good of our students and community, we believe we can create a better world. Together.
Since President Lincoln signed the legislation that broke ground on establishing a school for the deaf and hard of hearing, we remain the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
As a result of research by William Stokoe, a longtime professor of English at Gallaudet, and the support of two deaf colleagues, Ms. Dorothy Sueoka Casterline, ’58 and Mr. Carl-Gustaf Croneberg, ’55, the study of ASL linguistics was established.
The Deaf President Now (DPN) movement, which happened in 1988, has been synonymous with continuous efforts to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere. It led to the appointment of the university’s first deaf president and instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment in deaf and hard of hearing people worldwide.
Not until 2020 did President Cordano and Gallaudet University have a leadership team that was mostly made up of deaf and hard of hearing people. For years, our leaders were mostly hearing people. This would be like Howard University having a black president and a leadership team made up of only white people.
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation authorizing the establishment of a college for deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington, D.C. We’ve grown a lot over the centuries and continue to evolve into our future.
See our progress over the early 1800s.
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Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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