Pre-summit evening event:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023

All-day summit:

  • Thursday, September 21, 2023

  • Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

The Belonging & Equity in Action Summit will bring together chief diversity officers, academic researchers, and experts from diverse fields to share insights on the importance of belonging, how to measure it, and ways to create inclusive environments.

  • Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano 
  • Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin as a keynote speaker
  • Workday Chief Diversity Officer Carin Taylor
  • VISA Chief Diversity Officer Michelle Gethers-Clark
  • Ariel Alternatives Chief Communications Officer Arielle Patrick & Senior Managing Director Charles Corpening

Our goal is to use the learning and context from our community’s experience at Gallaudet, particularly with inclusive excellence and intersectionality in a multicultural visual and sign language-based community, to ignite a deep dialogue where we will collectively explore strategies to create tools for measuring belonging and resources for organizations and communities to use to enhance and strengthen the workplace experience for everyone.

Register Today!

Each participant is asked to commit to participating, as individuals or corporations, for a minimum of three years to ensure that we can create a thorough and durable understanding of belonging and foster a sense of community among us to strengthen the output of our work and deliver tools to strengthen the workplace experience for all employees.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 |  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Chapel Hall, Gallaudet University

Welcome & Launching Belonging and Equity in Action! 

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 

  • Opening Remarks
  • Storytelling: A Story for All: A Black Mother’s Fight for Educational Justice: Bringing awareness to the Story of Louise B. Miller. 
  • “What would you do?” Interactive Theater

Thursday, September 21, 2023 |  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Hotel

Breakfast & Registration

Getting Acclimated to a Bilingual and Signing Community—Warming Up

  • Get to Know Your Gesturing Self

Welcome and Framing the Opportunity and Goals of the Belonging In Action Summit

  • Introducing the Theme of Belonging and Equity: Why it is so Important to our bilingual community at Gallaudet University, including our pre-K-12 Clerc Center
  • Setting the Table Together: A Discussion between Dr. Marlee Matlin (H ‘87) and President Bobbi Cordano

Coffee Break

  • From an Intersectional Lens of Belonging and Equity: What does it mean to be a bilingual visual language community
  • Our Summit’s Opportunity and Goal: Collectively Designing and Building Tools to Measure Belonging in the Workplace Across Many Sectors

Lunch Break

  • Starting our Work Together— Creating the Tools and Measurement for Belonging and Equity in the Workplace
  • Building our Collective Knowledge through World Cafe Discussions 

Coffee Break

  • From an Intersectional Lens of Belonging and Equity 
  • Setting the Significance of this Summit: Belonging and Equity—The Keys to Building An Inclusive Global Economy
  • Closing Address: “Putting the Pieces Together”


For hotel accommodations at the Kellogg Conference Hotel on Gallaudet’s campus, please call (202) 651-6000, press 1, and ask for the Belonging & Equity in Action Symposium rate. 

You can also make your reservations online

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Visiting Washington, D.C.

Gallaudet University is close to a myriad of cultural, historical, and educational attractions in our nation’s capital.

Washington D.C. is home to a large deaf community and one of the world’s most deaf-friendly cities. Gallaudet’s influence in the community means that you will find Deaf-owned and ASL-friendly shops and restaurants nearby.

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