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Eyes to the Knowledge of Interpreters

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Thank you, DEAF LIFE for giving me the opportunity to write an editorial column called Interpreters in Deaf Education: Them and Us for November 2017’s DEAF LIFE. If you are curious what the article is about, please subscribe DEAF LIFE. Interpreters are important assets in our every day life. Without interpreters, it would be not so quite triumphant as it ought to have been. Imagine in a higher education environment, interpreters are also critical in our eyes.

-JT

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Why I was Rejected A Future Doctoral Degree

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I had experienced plenty of subsequent financial hardships for the last 20 years and the likelihood of getting a higher education was much difficult with receiving threats and harassment and I also experienced adverse consequences including stigmatization and differential treatment by BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) and the university, not only that but I experienced great deal of depression, anxiety, or fear at best.

My family experienced the unintended consequences as well that it has impacted my family’s ability to support me in my effort to avoid recidivism and successfully reintegrate. As for getting higher education at a university, I was seeking for; I already marked as “high risk” to the campus because of something happened almost 30 years ago.

They became a social disorganization for my future and the biggest reason I seek higher education is the economics, so I can pursue further education to earn my doctoral in the tentative field of Deaf Inmates as Forgotten People” but in the very meeting with the BIT (Dwight Benedict, Carl Pramunk, Ted Baran, Lauri Rush, Dirksen Bauman, and Carol Erting) I was treated like a criminal and got characterized by their own neglect, the stress was so great that it affected my health and my family, they also experience similar stigma what I was going through with greater social isolation even my family are afraid that my safety was at higher risk due to public disclosure at an university very much to make sure I kept out from engaging into an university community activities.

My professional intention is clear: to enter the world of higher teaching and learning and immerse myself in the community of my own—Deaf community where the need is. There is a point that they treat me that I am a criminal to the bone and cannot be rehabilitated even if it was not my fault or I had a rough childhood life. In the end, the university made sure that I am liable for my consequences for my actions no matter what happened to me in my past. Their ignorance and makes the public much harder to see what they profiled me around.

When I was accepted to enroll into a graduate school and received full scholarship, I cried of joy. I cried because there is a hope that I would get better. I was so enthusiastic to meet professors and students at a university. During the new graduate student orientation week, I was made to think about doing my thesis. I wanted to write about Deaf inmates as the forgotten people.

The university has offered to threat my fair education. I never got any open and frank polite communication, but it is no secret that the university is very one-sided and they eluded my dignity from becoming a normal human being again. I was sitting on my couch and felt great length of pain in my heart and my eyes were about to weep—then my mind tell me to stay strong and keep my head up.

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There is one of my favorite stories, Odysseus, a warrior leader who got lost while sailing home. In every landing, he experienced many unthinkable incidents. Upon his arrival at home, he was alone and the home is not the same place where he left some 20 years ago. He had to fight to win back his wife and the home. It was the toughest Odysseus had ever had. In my struggle for 20+ years of searching for help, I am Odysseus in my own name, my survival is my home, and Deafhood is my odyssey.

Here are the scholarship recommendations with two letter samples:

To the Scholarship Committee,

I am writing on behalf of one of my more impressive students, Jason Tozier. I first met Jason in 2007. He has been a student in some of my more demanding classes. He did great work in my Hate Crimes class (Soc 430), in which students have to conduct original research projects. His paper, “Negative Perceptions of Deaf Individuals in Relation to Knowledge of American Sign Language,” was an excellent piece of scholarship and gave me a taste of Jason’s commitment to the rights of deaf people. He also was an active participant in my Criminology class (Soc 418), where he was part of a discussion group on ID theft and wrote a wonderful paper on the subject. Additionally, Jason was a student in my Contemporary Theory class (Soc 302), in which students have to digest some rather dense material, review texts and diagram theories. In each of these classes, Jason brought his unique perspective to the class and everyone, including myself, as benefitted.

I have also gotten to know Jason in his role as an activist. He has helped me to understand the issues that deaf people face on a much deeper level. This includes the debate within the deaf community over the use of cochlear implants. In 2010, Jason (along with Carl Schroeder) presented to the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes, of which I have been the chair since 2002. Their presentation helped the coalition to better understand how hate crimes affect people with disabilities. That presentation led to a meeting with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to advocate for the inclusion of “disability” in Oregon’s bias crime statutes. In 2011, Kroger presented such a bill to the Oregon legislature. That bill was passed and the new expanded hate crime law went into effect on January 1, 2012. This was a direct result of Jason Tozier’s commitment to this issue.

Jason Tozier is a rare find. He mixes passion and intellect in a search for real world solutions. I believe he would do important work and Gallaudet and I would like to see him get every opportunity to attend. I am proud to recommend him for any scholarships or awards that would be appropriate.

Dear Scholarship Committee:

I first met Jason Tozier in my 2011 Methodology of the Oppressed course, and I am honored to have this opportunity to recommend him for support in his bright future at Gallaudet.  From the very first day I met Jason, I was extremely impressed with his intelligence, academic ability, passion, independence, motivation, and most significantly his fortitude through situations that have at times been challenging.  Furthermore, Jason is an extremely positive, personable, and humorous individual.

In class, Jason immediately impressed me with his ability to not just quickly comprehend the material, but also synthesize it with other academic theories, as well personal experiences. Typically, I am impressed with students who can synthesize complex academic theories at the Graduate level.  Jason’s thirst for knowledge and passion for reading complex texts gives him this ability naturally; without the training most advanced students require being capable of this level of comprehension.  To make this trait even more powerful and effective, Jason grounds his academic intellect in his personal experiences, which at times would make the average person give up.  He conveys this connection passionately and gracefully in the classroom, as well as his everyday interactions.  He is a critical thinker, grounded in the passion of his knowledge, and extremely capable as a scholar and future educator. 

Jason Tozier is not only academically capable, but also a very genuine and authentic person. I am confident that any investment made in his future that will aid him in continuing his studies and professional endeavors will be more than worth the time, faith, and investment.  He will surely bring pride and honor to you fine program given his natural talent, intellect, and life experiences.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may provide further information in Jason s support.  Thank you.

ASL/Deaf Studies department was supposed to heal Deaf people from their wounds—yet, seemingly uncomfortable with actually leading Deaf returning citizen where they might not otherwise want to sponsor. The department were trying to find a balance of policies that will please both professors and the administration who hoped for so much from them and those who hated the minute I walk into the building which indicates both a streak of educational ignorance and a practical Gallaudet’s value of compromise.

It would be very symbolic when you join your precious faculty.

In the meeting with Dwight was one of the most hateful and bigoted I ever experienced, by setting boundaries on appropriate behavior, discouraging Deaf returned citizens, for example, from standing up for their beliefs, Dwight Benedict chose to justify the Administration’s decision to keep them from expressing the full range of their talents and sensibilities. Not only do Deaf returning citizens suffer, but also the Deaf community as a whole becomes more vulnerable.

Dwight Benedict has a propensity for turning the Deaf community upside down. He seems to explore the extremes and opts for hate speech and bigotry as a new-coming-into-a-true-power group when he claims Deaf returning citizens to be unstable for Deaf community. When Deaf returning citizens were able to express every part of their own beings with enthusiasm, Gallaudet University tapped the power of having me marked on black list in every department and thereby coerced into silence.

Deaf returning citizens have led lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving. If not hostile, hate bigots in the environment where Deaf returning citizens are marginalized forever speculated. The oppression on Deaf returning citizens became evident that they were seen and treated as “animals”. Whatever directive it might be, it was wrong to rough them up under any circumstance whatsoever.

Hate speech on them were uncivil and unnecessary. Carl Pramunk asking the Buff and Blue to write about me in a threatening mode would be in full circulation to witness such an escalated level of hate and state of official denial on campus.

As an alumnus, I was mortified. I refuse to accept any behavior and indifference at Gallaudet University. This is a sad situation, which affects deeply all the Deaf returning citizens. They do not need to be visited, looked at, observed, examined, and even sprayed on. They are not animals! Gallaudet University is not a laboratory for hate-motivated behaviors. It is the community of Deaf intellectuals being constantly misinterpreted by the university administration that subscribes to Dwight’s philosophy of oppressing Deaf returning citizens.

Again, they are not animals!

As an archetype, Dwight embodies my life as a dissenter and by depriving my success from reaching a state of intellectual empowerment; Dwight becomes a bureaucratic oppressor at Gallaudet University. Hate crime is the most invisible mode anywhere even Gallaudet University.

To be continued…….

-JT

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http://greekmythology.wikia.com/wiki/Odysseus

 

 

The Missing Link: Where is Dean of Students Affairs and Academic Support’s Leadership?

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Someone sent me a comment the other day, “Based on your observation where many key players do not participate in this event is very serious concern and it needs to address directly to Gallaudet University President immediately!”

The event, Islamophobia Within Deaf Community on March 2nd, 2017 held at Gallaudet University—let’s talk about the topic: Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support. People needs to be aware that the Dean also handles for Crisis Leadership Team (CLT)—and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was supposed to be “STUDENT VOICE”—for students. That is the key player. There are some Muslim students at Gallaudet who may be on “Trump’s List”—and the Dean was supposed to be the STUDENT VOICE for Muslims, too. Whether like it or not.

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The Dean did not show up for an important event. It is not first time though. The Dean was supposed to show leadership. The event was crucial for everyone. Seriously, it was.

I remember sharing my experience as a new graduate student who came to Gallaudet on scholarship, the graduate students showed up for an opening ceremony in August 2013, and I remember seeing that the lack of invited speakers known as “key players” who did not show up. The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was one of them. I was baffled.

The Dean fails to commit crucial leadership and fellowship around students that calls for questions to think about.

Did the Dean understand that the students are motivated to learn? Did the Dean understand the nature of change? Did the Dean understand how to change? 

Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor wrote, both are management change experts wrote a book called Practical NLP for Managers in 1996, state:

“Change is difficult, it calls for courage, yet the personal and professional rewards are great. The situation now is such that you have to change to survive.”

I mean, look at that way with the motivation by the nature of change goes to the students who came to Gallaudet University for THREE big purposes: LEADERSHIP, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and HOPE. I am sure that you would agree on that part. It is not that difficult to understand.

Islamophobia is part of crisis. What does it tell you when a “leader” who handles as a Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support, CLT and BIT did not show up when the event about Islamophobia was very important to attend and try to understand their concerns. It was once in a life-time.

Is it fair for students to face with their personal struggle faced by the Administration of Gallaudet University and the Dean?

Why fly under the radar?

-JT

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Gallaudet University: Bilingual Mission Task Force

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It is important to have bilingualism at Gallaudet University today. We all know that American Sign Language (ASL) is our most natural form by the meaning through personal of all experiences. No question about that. ASL shows us the greatest skills of our civilization, along with literature in meaning significance.

At the same time, it is very important to emphasize that bilingualism has created all of us in this nation—same concept, as we are the nation of immigrants.

We need to change the attitude by adding “written” English—not “spoken” English as President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano has informed the audience and live streaming for State of the University presentation to discuss Gallaudet Priorities Update to focus on a framework for bilingualism–but there is huge concern about bimodality [sign and speak with mouth] that has been added to Gallaudet’s priorities.

ASL-Written English bilingualism fosters empathy, trust, and mutual understanding. I wonder if the task force for Bilingual Mission hand-picked by President Cordano would aspire to affirm between ASL and English and depend the sense of awe and grace that accompanies an awareness of ASL-English bilingualism.

For example, there is someone who is on the task force team is a huge supporter of bimodality philosophy–which could bring big concerns on that issue.

Will Bilingual Mission Task Force create pathways better education to walk toward ASL-‘written’ English bilingualism? Do they teach the need to heal from the traumas of living in less than a just, sacred and sustainable world that Oralism is above ASL? How can they fix the concerns to resist the further destruction of the ASL-‘spoken’ English hegemony?

“Written” English is important to our intellectual and academic life. The task force needs to remove “spoken” English or bimodality philosophy off the table and expose that written English would bring many lifelong learning process that is the essence of our literacy–in other words, bimodality is all about academic hypocritism.

Gallaudet University would become the university that uses exclusive ASL for intellectual discourses–building relationship in this university to the world. Remember, the greatest gift what George Veditz in the 1913 film, The Preservation of Sign Language, promised our world including Gallaudet University.

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I know for a fact that Veditz would challenge the Bilingual Mission Task Force to remove ‘bimodality’ or ‘spoken’ English–will they make any difference this time? The change to stop language oppression and hegemony has been recognized and we do not need to deal with that.

In 1864, National Deaf Mute College was never about bimodality–it was about educating students in exclusive sign language. Keep that way.

-JT

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The Ethical of Forgotten Mainstream Deaf Students

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Marvin Miller’s class project [Click me for bigger words to read]

Mainstreaming has often been labeled as the greatest cultural success in the eyes of school administration when they said that Deaf schools are a wasteland of academic fraud and face plants worthwhile only for those moments in life of great procrastination. The face plants are often the people who works in media and school administration that are too lazy to admit that the oppression inside mainstreaming schools around the country is the reason that mainstreaming students are struggling for the best academics available.

Added to the condemnation is the spirit uproar of Deafhood framework, which serves big purpose, but to open the door with the truth that the author Paddy Ladd writes in page 152,

It can be seen from the previous sections that the last 20 years have produced an enormous number of changes, for both better and worse, which have been enacted upon and in turn reacted to by what is a small Deaf community. These various wave have resulted in a tremendous increase in Deaf discourse and cultural ferment, with both positive and negative outcomes.”

What does it mean to me? The last 20 years has changed a lot—for example, in the special education report by the Department of Education and that is in America alone, 80% of Deaf students in mainstreaming struggle to meet with the state standards, for example, test scores in English, math, reading, science, history, and several subjects as hearing students excels. It shows that the society did not really pay full attention and they are responsible for the depression and the pursuit of happiness. The key word in the quote is enormous number of changes.

Is it hopeful or hopeless? Look a little deeper in Ladd’s book Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, and one can find a glowing patchwork of literature masterpieces, available to any and all who wish to break free from severe academic oppression in mainstreaming by students themselves, if only for a moment, into 20th century discourses, for example, new Deaf discourses, 1975 to date, the Oralist response, 1980 to date. The following discourses, for whatever reason, appear full length and for all to see what the media did not reveal the TRUTH in the first place.

A quick disclaimer—the discourse is here one day but may be gone the next. As of this writing, there is available, but the future is uncertain. Now, in no particular order, there is an important discourse to focus on. Little more can be said about Deaf community fighting enough to keep Deaf schools open. This stuff is old enough now to be in the public domain, and there are days and days of severe academic oppression in mainstreaming schools for all to see. Within full-fledged mainstreaming comes into my life, the whole life, so it should be no surprise if some of it is hard to grasp. There is a good reason why I remain on the cultural compass for so long, however, and it is never been easier to explore my life and work.

However, it is very important to see primary source documentation with education in 2015 looks like. Let Mr. Marvin Miller be your guide with his latest project—a splendid work! The image above that will guide you to understand the adversity that Deaf students face today and tomorrow, even when the society disagree or when they are not able to support them as much as they would like because all of the things they are pulling this way. As shown in Marvin’s project, 75% of Deaf kids that were neglected category and none were in the popular category found in Gina Olivia’s book—is pretty much true to my experience in mainstreaming schools.

Along with Miller’s project, my concerns that mainstreaming students are having difficult time to be a human, and there is not enough encouragement despite their deep struggle. Now Deaf people are above and beyond the sun, in the brightness of the universe and the darkness of the cosmos waiting for the Big Bang. The collision of being Deaf so immense that they could never explain, so small that the Deaf people will never recover truly from it. We know that it is there; we know that Audism is coming back in the cycle over and over. Are Deaf people coming? Yes, they are coming!

Thank you, Marvin for your project that shows that Deaf students are the warriors of passionate protectors amongst the beasts the society created from dirt, water, and soul. Deaf people are the rib from that reason. Deaf people are the day, night, water, and air that the reason they were created before something created us. They are the flame and shine a light whose worth is only appreciated in the darkness. It is appropriate to stop Audism in mainstreaming schools! 268629_10150655450445472_21558520471_19159617_294318_n-JT

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NO, It is Not OKAY!

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Is Gallaudet always diverse and inclusive? In all of academics, it needs to be upgraded with a university president that is culturally Deaf. We need a president who is not afraid to attribute her or his own success in many traits. With years and years of a university president who is hearing does not have the tips where to guide Gallaudet University into the next generation and so. Also, it needs to change its pedagogy but it remains a place where Deaf people are oppressed.

With the potential hearing president taking the helm of Gallaudet University in 2016, Deaf people could not rekindle themselves as the Deaf community to claim Deafhood in higher education. Deaf people need to become highly sophisticated in their language and culture in the same manner as our hearing counterparts in their own language English.

An anonymous person wrote “Why it Would Be Okay if Gallaudet’s Next President is Hearing” sponsored through Gallaudet’s newspaper: The Buff and Blue is a coward. It is very dangerous topic—to reframe and ignore Deaf people’s pursuit of happiness to have a culturally Deaf president who is able to understand academically, economically, and politically.

Although Gallaudet University has a distinct history and traditions to be performed within the Deaf community, it has yet to stop marketing itself and treating Deaf people as its consumers. It should develop and share much needed characteristics, for example, culturally Deaf president who bleeds Deafhood in the right core of heart. No more Alexander Graham Bell ghosts!

Supposedly if the president has picked a hearing person to run the university, there is no way the president would not understand the needs and values of Deaf people to the public and to the world. Not only that but also would not understand the demand for new perspectives for ways of thinking, especially Deaf people in higher education. It is just impossible! The radical realization of hiring a Deaf president is the right thing. As long the president is not a member of Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The author in the article writes, “We’re all going to witness a very rare moment in Gallaudet history very soon; a new president being sworn in.” it is the message that the author wants a hearing person. The key word: rare in Middle English back in 1350-1400 means thin or infrequent. Could it means that Deaf people are on thin ice and walk on eggshells and let hearing candidate takes the helm as president?

It is very easy to read between the lines and I know whom the author is. Deaf scholars have a full intention to change the world, simple. Nice try, coward. After all, Gallaudet University actually begins where Deaf people are. It means Deaf president. Period.

References: http://www.thebuffandblue.net/?p=13503

The image was done by the great David Call.

-JT

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