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What’s the Best Qualification for Dean of Student Affairs at Gallaudet?

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The Search Committee is currently looking for a new Dean of Student Affairs at Gallaudet University. It must be not someone who is very much attached to Gallaudet University, for example, fraternity ties, and white privileged Deaf men.

I am very glad that they’ve picked two Deaf people of color on the committee and it is critical moment. The candidate should be non-white, because Gallaudet University has been always dominant in white supremacy and we all know that. We cannot deny that. It is time for a major change.

However, I am very concerned about Lauri Rush, who is very much biased. Under her watch, she failed to stop suicides at Gallaudet University. There was couple of suicides under her watch that she rejected those innocent Deaf students who were seeking help psychologically and emotionally because she was too lazy and too judgmental.

Why is she on the search committee in the first place? Why is she still the director for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)? She was very much supportive of Dwight Benedict’s actions even though she knew it was criminal act and got away with it.

There were some words around the campus that Carl Pramuk might take the helm, again, he would do anything to protect fraternity boys at any cost. Again, another white privileged Deaf with fraternity ties. Especially rape culture.

Not only that, but also there were some talk that Tommy Horejas, he was so dumb that he does not even successfully understand the foundation of Sociology and Criminology. He once taught class at Gallaudet University: Sociology 220: Sociology of Deaf and Deafness and he told the class why the high percentage of Deaf people divorced because they switched to lesbian or gay lifestyle. No, it was LOVE! He is so dumb. Please do not let him take the position.

Dwight was the biggest predator of all in the history of Gallaudet campus. He let those boys got away with it. Not even one with criminal charge. It is all because he had the power as Dean of Student Affairs. By the way, Dwight could not write at all. He paid late Carl Schroeder to do all of his homework. I am not kidding. Dwight really cannot write at all. A third grader writes better than him in real life. He got away with it. Fucking lucky asshole.

He is also biggest racist in real life. He told a Deaf Black female student not to walk like Black and got her suspended from Gallaudet University with Persona Non Gratia (PNG) for five years just because she was walking like Black. It was so racist that Dwight laughed his ass off. What he did was a hate crime. There are more real-life stories that you do not know how much racist and sexist Dwight was.

I am deeply concerned about the ability of Dean of Student Affairs to confront the many challenges it faces both honesty and not to let criminal acts got away. Not the example of a bully just like Dwight Benedict was.

My concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by the current university administration to understand the nature of integrity of critical thinking in problem solving without bias. This disdain for Gallaudet University is aggravated by the excessive influence of bullying and oppressive practices by Dean of Student Affairs.

The New Dean of Student Affairs must be:

-Must not be a white Deaf fraternity ties

-Must be outside of Gallaudet

-Deaf

-Must not inside Gallaudet propaganda

-Collective goals

-Believability and credibility

-Not fear-monger

-Stop favoritism

-Stop elitism

-Truth

-Fairness

-Academic Freedom

-Constitutionality

-Justice

-Equality Under the Law

The laundry list goes on.

-JT

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Encouraging Suicide at Gallaudet University

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

My name is Jason “JT” Tozier. I am a survivor of “encouraging” towards suicide tendencies by Gallaudet University because of my status as Deaf returnee. I thank you for your honest leadership, and commit to human healing to continue and share awareness about suicide prevention.

I am even more heart-broken that Gallaudet University is hosting Out of the Darkness Campus Walk sponsored by Gallaudet University, Office of Student Affairs and Academic Support and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

I was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. I was forced to explain why I was jailed 21 years ago front of my graduate cohort and faculty members every time I enter into classroom setting up for suicidal tendencies. Silence hurts. If I do not explain why, then I would face harsh punishment. Possibly expelled from Gallaudet University.

This is not because of oppression and bullying or even lack of trust; instead, the meeting I was in 2014 was one of the most oppressive meetings in my life, such of them do not acknowledge that they were bystanders because they do not think they were. Therefore, it is not enough to ask an individual whether he was oppressed from oppressors.

Society can reinforce the oppressor’s self-blame in several ways. When shaming and humiliation is discovered on Gallaudet campus, the oppressed is often removed from the truth. People who experienced severe oppression often tell the truth from experience.

The bullying allows even by Gallaudet University who would argue that shaming, bullying, and humiliation has nothing to do with their behavior, I am merely the most convenient target; I became powerless. Which explanation is more comforting to Deaf returnee?

Gallaudet University choose to stay in silence is a reversal of roles and identities. Here’s my story: Don’t know if I have really conveyed how hard it has been for me all these years, how I really struggle in there through lots of depression, sometimes no sleep, I would struggle more, some days I’ve dealt with crossing between honest concern, and learning.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I hope you would hear my story. I have more to share. Just like this one, “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”—Sue Monk Kidd.

I actually died for ten minutes. I’m back from death and ready to share more stories. I guess my sensitivity has become stronger, deeper, and smarter. Gallaudet University was not honest about it. How can we prevent another suicide if Gallaudet University was not honest about it? Is there a Mask of Benevolence there?

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-JT

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Dwight Benedict: Stop the Practice of Discrimination, Shaming, and Cruel Punishment

Respect for Muslims at Gallaudet University

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I had the greatest pleasure to accept an invitation by a friend to attend an event called National Day Festival of Oman at Gallaudet University last night. I learned a lot where they discussed about their culture, history, and traditions. It was a big smashing success! It was packed Ole Jim house. Oh, the food was delicious and spicy, too! Five stars!

Student Body Government (SBG) president and Graduate Student Association (GSA) Vice President attended the event which played a positive leadership—of course, Dean of Student Affairs, Dwight Benedict did not attend the event which was not surprising. It was same thing that last March 2017, Dwight did not attend Islamophobia Within Deaf Community event either. Same thing he did not attend Graduate Student Orientation breakfast in 2013 I was part of—and show how much lack of his leadership looks like today. Lack of transparency included.

Gallaudet University exists in a world that desperately needs effective academic leaders like Dwight to show us the way of higher learning. Gallaudet University is unique because it is where ASL is best used. There are so many arenas of scholarship in that university that cry for betterment, and we need the visions of insightful leaders to paint better pictures of possibility for us to strive for. We need a new Dean of Student Affairs to inspire us, excite us, and energize us toward our commitment of cultural appreciation in higher education that will make a difference for humanity.

Gallaudet University needs a Dean of Student Affairs who can open the door to discussion about cultural appreciation in higher education, who encourages signing up and signing freely, welcoming input, feedback, and ideas without setting up committees of a few. Gallaudet University needs a Dean of Student Affairs who expects action and execution with urgency in an atmosphere where everyone feels safe making on-the-spot comments. For example, how to challenge Islamophobia.

Is Dwight the type of change agent? Did he understand the importance of his leadership to appreciate and realize Deaf people from all walks from life that had difficulty lives?

There is a good quote by wiser Dwight—Dwight D. Eisenhower,

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office.”

–JT

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