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International Week of Deaf People: Kaila Cruz

October 13, 2023

Kaila Cruz

International Week of Deaf People, also known as Deaf Awareness Week, is an initiative that was established by World Federation of the Deaf and first launched in Rome, Italy in 1958. The goal of the initiative is to celebrate Deaf people. This celebration takes place annually in September. The theme for 2023’s International week of Deaf People is A World Where Deaf People Everywhere Can Sign Anywhere. In support of International Week of Deaf People, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education and the department of Deaf Studies is proud to highlight Kaila Cruz, one of our all-star students majoring in Deaf Studies.  Read more

Eisner College Receives $400k Grant From Eisner Foundation

September 28, 2023

Eisner Foundation logo, blue handprints

We are excited to share that the Eisner College has received a general operating grant in the amount of $400,000 over the next two years to serve the diverse educational needs of the Eisner college, local region and beyond! This is the third grant of it’s amount and kind that we have received from the Eisner Foundation, totaling $1.2 million to support essential programs in the college. We are immensely grateful for this gift! Read more

Introducing Colleen Smith

September 27, 2023

Colleen Smith

Colleen Smith is a new faculty member in the Department of Special Education. Colleen graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. with a B.A. in Communication Arts, San Diego State University with a M.A. in ASL-English Multicultural Education, and Claremont Graduate University-SDSU with a Ph.D. in Education- Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education. Read more

Introducing Shereen Alison

September 27, 2023

Shereen Allison

Dr. Shereen Allison is a new faculty member in the Educational Psychology & Counseling department. She is a life-long learner with a passion for education, having experience as an instructor, researcher, pioneer in distance education, and as a Licensed Educational Psychologist.  With degrees in both Educational Psychology and School Psychology, her focus has been on the application of cognitive, social, and school neuropsychology to assessment, instructional practices, supports, teacher training, and parent involvement. Current areas of research interest include universal design, universal screening, and the use of RTI/MTSS models of support for student success across a range of learning disabilities, with specific focus in the area of dyslexia. Read more

Introducing Hongshan Shao

September 27, 2023

Hongshan Shao

Hongshan Shao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational psychology and Counseling. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Penn State University. Dr. Shao is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Career Counselor. Prior to joining CSUN, she worked as a career counselor at Penn State Career Services. Read more

Project PRISM-Ed Receives Office of Special Education Programs Grant

September 27, 2023


Congratulations to Rachel Friedman-Narr, with Flavia Fleischer, Christine Mitchell, and Jasmine Solis, for being awarded an Office of Special Education Programs grant for Project PRISM-Ed. The purpose of Project PRISM-Ed is to implement a pipeline through Deaf Studies into the Deaf Education Preliminary Credential Program at CSUN. Read more

Office of Special Education Programs Awards Grant to Project REACH IT

September 27, 2023


Congratulations to Sami Toews and Fatmana Deniz with Amy Hanreddy for winning an OSEP grant for Project REACH IT. Project REACH IT has four goals: 1) recruit, retain, and increase the percentage of multilingual, racially and ethnically diverse teachers to address the shortage of special educators prepared to serve students with high intensity needs; 2) prepare scholars to develop leadership skills to promote access and serve students with high-intensity needs within inclusive settings; 3) prepare skilled teachers to implement individualized, evidence-based, and culturally sustaining practices to support diverse students with high-intensity needs and their families; and 4) prepare scholars who are self-determined reflective teachers through practice, feedback, and reflection and who foster self-determination skills in students with high-intensity needs. Read more

Education Grad Student Wins Top Scholarship from CSU Trustees

September 27, 2023

Tania Parker receiving an award

College of Education student Tania Parker (Master of Arts in Early Childhood Educational Psychology) was awarded the 2023 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at the Honors Convocation by the CSU Trustees. This award is given to students who demonstrate superior academic performance and personal accomplishments, as well as financial need. Congratulations, Tania! Read more

Deaf Studies Hosts New Student Orientation

September 27, 2023

DSA Students with Hand Signs

The Department of Deaf Studies was excited to host the very first New Student Orientation Event for incoming first time freshman and transfer students on August 22, 2023. This event gave students the opportunity to meet Deaf Studies Faculty and Staff as well as learn about the department and what to expect as new students at CSUN. The orientation included an amazing alumni panel, students were able to take a tour of the University Library and attended presentations on advisement, career pathways and best research practices to have a successful journey here at CSUN! Read more


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