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Equity and Inclusion

The Learning Center for the Deaf is on a journey to create an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all backgrounds. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates our TLC community members' diverse narratives. We embrace and value multiple approaches, experiences, and perspectives. TLC believes that diversity fosters innovation. We are committed to cultivating a place where everyone can feel they belong.


"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

(Maya Angelou)


 

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Supporting Transgender Youth

Every student has the right to feel safe and supported in their environment. Here are some resources that may help support the education, discussion and advocacy efforts for transgender students:

GLSEN
Resources for Transgender Youth in Texas
Supporting Transgender Kids in K-12 Schools
National Center for Transgender Equality
Growing Up Transgender and Deaf
LGBT Section of NAD
Gallaudet Resources for LGBTQA

Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month. And although women make up half of the world’s population, and there have been countless inspiring women who have made tremendous global impacts, in many parts of the world, women continue to struggle with unequal systems and disadvantages because of their gender. The ADL 2022 theme for Women's History Month is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

Resources to Consider:
Footsteps to Inspire Us: Women Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Low Vision, and Deaf-Blind
Deaf Women's HERstory
Women's History Month: Learning for Justice
Women's History Month: Library of Congress
Women's History Month in the Classroom
Women's History Month Resources


 

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TLC CEIO Kyle Amber Clark and School Counselor DeLasha Singleton hosted a critical conversation about the meaning of the decolonization of Thanksgiving. Instead of canceling holidays, we invite people to think about how they can recognize the day of ‘giving back,’ acknowledging the land where we reside, honor the food shared by the Native Americans, learn more about cultures through stories, and connect with our children through a culturally responsive paradigm. We can celebrate by sharing what the day meant for the Indigenous and Native Americans.

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Justice for Minneapolis: A Statement from TLC Following the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

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#StopAntiAsianHate: A Message from TLC Leadership

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Equity & Inclusion Office’s Statement about January 6th, 2021 Insurrection at Capitol

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Insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2021: Resources for Critical Dialogues:


Our Racial Equity Plan

TLC's Racial Equity Plan presents short-and long-term goals and actions aimed at creating a culture that is truly inclusive. This is an initial, and therefore dynamic, document; new versions will be released as we hold meetings, forums, and create change. 

Read our PlaN (PDF) 

Related: TLC Welcomes Kyle Amber Clark as Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

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Time for Change


ASL Resources for Families:

Below is a collection of resources to help individuals learn more about fostering a culture of racial equity that is taught on every level and practiced in every way.  Our list of links below includes a collection of articles, books, videos and other resources to support you. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but ever-evolving; We will continue to add resources as they are appropriately evaluated.

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