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Oct 5, 2022
The Gallaudet Promise — Phase One
Gallaudet University and its communities are in a continual state of “becoming” or transforming. Through this transformation, the University positively impacts local communities, the nation, and the world for deaf people across the spectrum of identities. To fully become, Gallaudet must understand and reckon with its history, recognize the current context within which it exists, and envision a future where the world recognizes and values the contributions of deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-disabled, and deafblind people of all backgrounds and identities.
Since President Cordano’s arrival in 2016, Gallaudet has committed to a path of transformation that reflects the University communities’ input, ideas, and urgencies. Through this work, the vision for The Gallaudet Promise emerged, creating a road-map for how we will create a more sustainable and vibrant life experience for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people, and all of humanity. Preparing for and answering the five grand challenges sets us on the path of transformation for our university and global community. The Short Term Strategic Plan provided the bridge to the Gallaudet Promise and our long term strategic vision.
As we move forward to achieve The Gallaudet Promise we bring with us the lessons learned in this unprecedented time in
This work will be our focus for FY 21 through FY 22. We will refer to this work as the Gallaudet Promise Phase One. The
work in these areas will align with the Challenges, Imperatives and Priorities in the Gallaudet Promise and will emphasize
high-impact, cross-division collaborations and connects directly to other essential work happening in all divisions throughout
the University. The work in Plan One is fundamental to Gallaudet’s impact and transformation and will continue into the
We will report our progress and milestones for Phase One. Development of University-level key performance indicators (KPIs)
will begin this spring and we anticipate sharing draft metrics this summer. Phase Two will build on the achievements in Phase
One and is slated for FY 2023-2025.
Goal: Gallaudet will redesign its on-campus and on-line infrastructure to rebuild the Clerc Center and
campus experiences to be more agile and innovative in response to planned and unplanned influences.
Goal:Gallaudet will enact key foundational elements to address the long-standing systemic barriers to
belonging and equity throughout the University and Clerc Center.
Goal: Gallaudet will establish the foundation for its bilingual framework for teaching and learning
across the lifespan, working, and interacting on-campus and virtually.
Goal: Gallaudet will establish the vision, infrastructure, and strategy to transform long-term enrollment
across the lifespan.
Goal: Gallaudet will complete the Memorial as the lead project of Creativity Way’s “front porch” as well
as the academic and construction planning for the next phase of Creativity Way development.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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