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Being a good neighbor has been at the heart of Gallaudet University since Amos Kendall opened his home to local orphaned deaf children in 1856. During the Civil War, the campus housed federal troops and was used as a hospital for Union troops. In 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. troops from Pennsylvania bivouacked on campus.
Gallaudet University is located in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station, the NoMa area, H Street NE, and the Trinidad neighborhood.
Being less than two miles from the Capitol, as well as being a neighbor to multiple changing and growing areas, Gallaudet is in the heart of government and community activity in the District of Columbia.
Gallaudet has a long positive history of involvement with the local community residents and organizations. We take our role as a good neighborhood and citizen seriously.
Many Gallaudet faculty, staff, and students reside in the local area. Gallaudet supports local events, and we are actively involved in planning and development initiatives such as the small area planning effort for the Capital City Market area and the development at H Street.
Gallaudet is one of the area’s largest businesses, with more than 1,100 full-time employees, 367 of whom reside in the District. Direct salaries and benefits total more than $103 million annually, and the University spends another $48 million directly on goods and services.
Since 1992, Gallaudet has constructed five buildings, including the new Sorenson Language and Communication Center and the Jordan Student Academic Center, and renovated 21 others.
During the 2006 fiscal year, Gallaudet spent $5.3 million on campus improvements such as the historic Peikoff Alumni House renovation, architectural planning for the Sorenson Language and Communication Center, and various deferred maintenance projects.
Davina Kwong Yu
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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