Heye all – Catherine Murphy, Gallaudet’s Executive Director of Public and Media Relations responded to my inquiry. As per her specifications and permission I am republishing her reply in full here – the only change i have made is to remove the [at symbol] with (at) to reduce risk of spam etc.
My first inquiry to her is embedded in her reply and my response to her reply is at bottom.
Again and as usual folks – this space is not a place for bashing folks. I do see her reply favorably and that she formally knows that we are watching and caring.
to patti durr cc president (at) gallaudet.edu
date Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:42 PM
subject Re: Concerns re: ‘no particular reason’
Hello Ms. Durr,
Thank you for your inquiry. In response to your concern regarding whether I support American Sign Language, I am including links to press releases and stories primarily related to American Sign Language that have been vetted or promoted through my office since the time I took over as Gallaudet University’s Executive Director of Public and Media Relations on December 20, 2010.
In regard to your concern about Gallaudet’s story on campus dialogue, the topic of the feature was about embracing the diversity that exists on campus and the opening sentence was meant to highlight a few examples of that diversity. Gallaudet is known worldwide as the only liberal arts university entirely dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing students through a bilingual learning environment. As one of your readers suggests, there was no intent behind using a particular word order, i.e., “native signers” being listed before “new signers,” or any reason for not listing “hard of hearing” people at all. Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention.
Please feel free to make this response public provided it is republished in its original format and in its entirety.
On Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM, patti durr wrote:
Greetings Ms. Murphy:
I hope you are well and enjoying your new post at Gallaudet University. There are many concerns about your having been selected for this post over Deaf candidates as many folks desire to have a Deaf spokeperson and also because of your past work at the AG Bell Association and on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance Task Force, where you actively advocated for the exclusion of American Sign Language & portrayed Deaf ASL people as being dependent.
In light of your professional history, it seems to me that it would be beneficial to have some type of commitment or evidence coming from your office that shows you support American Sign Language and that you have an understanding of what audism is and why it is to be challenged.
Until such a time as you make evident your complete understanding and commitment to Gallaudet’s bilingual-bicultural mission – our concerns will remain.
Executive Director of Public and Media Relations
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-250-2738 video phone
catherine.murphy (at) gallaudet.edu
Greetings Ms. Murphy:
Thank you for your prompt reply. I truly appreciate all the links you sent me. I enjoyed reading the press releases and seeing your office promoting Gallaudet’s work in regards to American Sign Language. I also appreciate your confirmation that there was no ill-intent in listing Hearing before Deaf in the press release about the campus dialogue event.
My inquiry to you also asked about your understanding of audism and why it is to be challenged. I do not see any comment in your reply in regards to that topic so perhaps a review of the film “Audism Unveiled” by Gallaudet professors Bahan, Bauman, & Montenegro would be of interest to you as well as the the National Association of the Deaf’s Community Values statement – “Diversity. We value deaf and hard of hearing Americans with diverse perspectives, experiences, and abilities. We are committed to the elimination of audism, linguicism, racism, and other forms of discrimination.”
Again, I appreciate your reply, the links and the advanced permission to republish your reply, which can be seen at: https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/reply-from-gallys-pr-executive-murphy/