NTID Faculty Alumni Solidarity

Just a shout out of solidarity for NTID/RIT students protesting for justice

If you would like to make an ASL video or English text message – drop the link or note in the comment box below

(to see other postings on the NTID situation go to:
DPAN DeafTV program https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/dpan-dtv-news-covers-convocation-controversy-more/
People of the HandEye post https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/we-stand-w-you-ntidrit-students/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2QvSIjSS0

Click CC button for captions on video
(transcript is below)

[black screen with white text We Stand With You, NTID Students]

[KC- white woman in black hoodie]
Hello, NTID community!
It just recently happened that students took an impressively strong stand to inform us all of their experiences, to share their heart about discrimination and oppression.
Its so saddening and awful – these experiences.
They are RIGHT! Enough is Enough. PERIOD.
I used to be a faculty member and part of the system.
Today I am hoping many faculty and staff will join in solidarity and
#NTIDFacultyStaffCare
#NTIDFacultyStaffStandwithYou!

[PD – White woman with short red hair with a colorful shirt]
What am I going to do?
I stand with you, NTID Students.
Yes, we want justice via Language, Communication & Diversity
We CARE and we are collective
in this important work.
So #Facultystandwithyou
Keep on keepin’ on
Don’t give up.
And take care, you all.

[artwork by Nancy Rouke –
colors – red, yellow, blue, black & white]
[Artwork of Two faces with two hands intertwined]

[NR – White woman with glasses and purple sweatshirt with artwork in the background]

See that artwork sketch? I haven’t yet painted it.
It shows students – Standing side by side.
This means they are NOT giving up.
They are still fighting for what needs to be done.
NTID needs to heed their grievances.
That artwork shows my support.
Their hands show how the students are interconnected and interlocked.

[screen shows close up of two sets of hands intertwined as image pans downward]
This shows INTERSECTIONALITY.
Red means power.
[Close up of artwork showing the
back of one hand as red]
The blue represents audism.
Enough is Enough.

#NTIDFacultyKnow
#NTIDAlumniKnow
#De^ARTivism

DPAN DTV News Covers Convocation Controversy & more

Deaf TV News covers the convocation controversy, administration  and ongoing activism at NTID

 

 

A Mural-a-making

My definition of art has always been the same. It is about freedom of expression, a new way of communication. It is never about exhibiting in museums or about hanging it on the wall. Art should live in the heart of the people. Ordinary people should have the same ability to understand art as anybody else. I don’t think art is elite or mysterious. I don’t think anybody can separate art from politics. The intention to separate art from politics is itself a very political intention. ~ Ai Weiwei (Chinese artist and activist)

hand-stencilsPublic art is an important part of place making.  Murals as an art form have a very long and rich history.  Perhaps the first language ever recorded was the rock and cave art of prehistoric times – these hand prints, hand stencils, animal and hunter figures and petroglyphs were often part of a larger body of work forming collective murals that are still alive and well today.  Visual markers of a people from the past and a promise for the future. Many cultures throughout time have relied on mural-a-making to communicate ideas, values, identity, messages, politics, aesthetics and more to the public at large.  Murals are ideal transmitters of information and positions since they do not require literacy of written words and are not specific to any one language.

Dabook worms csd.jpgvid Call, a teaching artist at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, CA and one of the leading De’VIA Surdists, has along with the students of CSD been transforming the campus via creating unique and masterfully done Deaf-centered murals.  Go to https://deviacurr.wordpress.com/devia-curr/lesson-plans/pp-of-art-projects/ and scroll down for PP on Mural Making at CSD

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When the Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW) 2016 decided it would like to have De’VIA Surdist Nancy Rourke come to town to give a presentation at NTID and some painting workshops for Rochester School for the Deaf and community members, we discussed the possibility of Nancy doing a public mural at RRCD using her trademark three primary colors (red, yellow,and blue) with black and white in her Rourkeism style..  Fortunately RRCD agreed and Nancy was up for the challenge.  She researched the history of RRCD and drafted some sketches and revised with feedback from RRCD President Teddy and Rob.She then went to a top paint store for advise on primer and type of paint and color matching.  As soon as Nancy landed in Rochester, NY she went straight to the RRCD to see the wall and project the sketch onto the wall for outlining.  She realized the dimensions for the door hadnt been given in advance and she had to decide what she would do for the door.She mused on that for a few ideas – asking folks their thoughts as she went along.

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ASL Roc by Nancy Rourke

Everyday for one week (except when Nancy had other commitments like giving a Rourkeism workshop at to maximum security prison with Deaf prisoners and giving a workshop with RSD middle school and high school students or presenting at NTID), Nancy was hard at work on the mural – rising by 5 am and ending her day by 11 pm. Other volunteers worked very hard committing long hours and sore backs and knees for this community mural (thank you each and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

 

See the video (2nd from the bottom – to see Nancy explain each section of mural and see the bottom video for some specs and more pix)

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Photo by Laurie R. Monahan

The RRCD Mural was unveiled to the public on the last day of RDAW (October 2, 2016) and the crowd was in awe of the design, colors, message and hardwork.  The unplanned for door design ended up being a happy accident as Nancy quickly decided to have the ASL Roc artwork be a central part of the door and then added three other De’VIA motifs: a tree stump to represent a foundation and long life to show that the RRCD has had a long life, a heart to show that the RRCD is one of the pillars of the Deaf Community and thus the HEART of ASL Deaf people of Rochester, and blood flow to illustrate that the life blood of Rochester’s Deaf community is ASL which flourishes and grows and spreads at the Deaf Club – RRCD.

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Below: Video of Rob Tawney introducing the Rochester Recreation Club of the Deaf (RRCD) mural during Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW) – designed by Nancy Rourke and painted by Nancy Rourke and community members.

Below: Video of Photos of the RRCD mural-a-making process during Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW).

We Stand w/ YOU NTID/RIT students

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Latinx child’s hand signing “STAND” on a tree trunk

So the students of NTID/RIT have been schooling the administration, faculty and staff on a lot of important concepts and realities like social justice, intersectionalities, language access, safe space, White fragility, microaggression and more.

as an alumni of NTID – #istandwithyou
#NTIDAlumniKnow #AlumniStandWithNTID
#NTIDAlum
niCare #NTIDAlumniGotYourBack #EnoughIsEnoughNTID #WakeUpNTID #NTIDconvocation #NTIDConvocation2016 #DeafEd

as a faculty member of NTID – #istandwithyou
#NTIDfacultyknow   #facultyStandWithNTID   #NTIDfacultyCare #NTIDFacultyGotYourBack #EnoughIsEnoughNTID #WakeUpNTID #NTIDconvocation #NTIDConvocation2016 #DeafEd

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detail of Nancy Rourke painting – hands signing “STAND” and other hand with bent ring finger for Nepali sign for “Deaf”

thank u for teaching us and for not giving up.  Keep standing

See the results of a survey students conducted at the NTID Convocation on November 19, 2016:
(go to the Stripeticle Newsletter and scroll down for the full story and video and picture of students taking to the stage in a peaceful protest)

http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9bc8e90a19e5a450777179b4c&id=2ebb5ff4eb

Survey Conducted at NTID Convocation

Question: Do you feel CONFIDENT that the administrators fully listen to your concerns and is doing their best to solve these concerns in the community’s best interest?

Staff/Fac.

YES= 94

Both/unsure= 6

NO= 77

 

Student

YES= 8

NO = 72

 

Alumni

YES = 7

NO = 5

 

Adm (administrators)

YES = 8

Blank = 1

This is a significantly high vote of no confidence –
90% of the students at the convocation voted NO CONFIDENCE in the administration
43% of the staff/faculty voted NO CONFIDENCE

this is a H U G E red flag to the administration that changes need to be MADE – not just talked about.

What are the issues:
lack of faculty of color
lack of knowledge of intersectionality and privilege by the faculty and administration
communication access
fully understanding, recognizing and utilizing ASL as a language of instruction
and more
i aint in facebook but i assume Ebony Club, Communication Access Now (CAN), NTID Student Congress (NSC), Deaf International Student Association and Deafblind students letters are shared some where out there in FB. Students have been lobbying hard and justly on these issues since 2015 – many of these issues have been around for a long long long time.
methinks we ought not to repeat bad history and instead heed the wisdom Jesse Jackson shared in his letter to another group of protesting Deaf students
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to see the full letter go to:

http://www.gallaudet.edu/dpn-home/issues/letters-of-support/rev-jesse-jackson.html

the students are asking that we truly understand them. methinks it is understandable why they think that we do not since so many of us dont even know as much as the students currently do.  They have progressed ahead of many of us in the quest for equality for all.  would that we heed their hearts and words and work WITH them for equality of condition and affective education.

see the video below for an awesome collection of amazing NTID/RIT alumni supporting the students – it made me weepy as i know so many of these good folks.  See, the current students and graduates (recent and from many moons ago) have much to teach us. Would that we learn.

Stand on NTID – #istandwithyouNTID