White Privilege and Power in the Deaf Community
Jane Fernandes-Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Asheville
April 2, 2013
Guilford College Community Center
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Deaf people have experienced oppression due to their language, culture, and ability, but the privilege and power gained from being white is often overlooked. Dr. Fernandes will share her experience of the personal and systemic impact of white privilege and power in the Deaf community. She will explore intersections of oppression systems and their impact on struggles for racial justice.
Dr. Fernandes, who is deaf, was raised by her deaf mother in the oral tradition to speak English so that she could attend public schools, long before the passage of equal access laws. She has dedicated her career to fostering bilingual American Sign Language-English literacy in all deaf students, promoting interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and advocating for racial justice.
Sign language interpretation will be provided.