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Project PRISM-Ed Hosts Deaf Education Leadership Academy

March 1, 2024

Project PRISM-Ed

On Friday, Feb 23, 2024, Project PRISM-Ed (Preparation and Retention of Social Justice and Equity-Minded Educators of Deaf Studies) hosted their first annual Deaf Education Leadership Academy. Over 120 people attended the Academy, which was held at the Northridge Center in the University Student Union. Dean Shari Tarver-Behring welcomed attendees that included both hearing and deaf CSUN community members, alumni, LAUSD faculty and staff, and parents. Read more

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

International Week of Deaf People

September 28, 2023

International Week of Deaf People 2023

The Deaf Studies Department celebrated the International Week of Deaf People from September 18 through September 24. The theme for this year was A World Where Deaf People Can Sign Anywhere! We were pleased to spotlight a few of our amazing Deaf Studies majors to celebrate this week and raise awareness about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture. 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

Introducing Lee Ann Tang

September 25, 2023

Lee Ann Tang

Lee Ann Tang is a new faculty member in the Department of Deaf Studies. Growing up in New Jersey with a large signing family, Lee Ann Tang was adopted from China to the United States at age five. She identifies herself as an Asian-American, Chinese adoptee, and Deaf woman. Read more

Introducing Lisa Hermatz

September 25, 2023

Lisa Hermatz

Lisa Hermatz, a member of the American Sign Language Teachers, has taught college level ASL for over 20 years for Pierce College & Glendale Community College. She is delighted to be joining the Deaf Studies family as an Assistant Professor here at California State University, Northridge after teaching as an adjunct for two years. Read more

Jeff Pollock & Christine Mitchell Address Critical Need for Interpreters

August 31, 2022

Jeff Pollock & Christine Mitchell

Jeff Pollock, with significant support from and coordination by staff interpreter Christine Mitchell, recently completed an innovative project funded by our very own RSCA grant to address a critical need on the CSU Northridge campus, and in the Greater Los Angeles community, for more qualified American Sign Language/English (ASL/E) interpreters. Read more

Deaf Studies Hosts Events for Prospective Students and Alumni

April 28, 2022

Deaf Studies Alumni Panel

The Deaf Studies Advisement Office recently hosted an event to encourage our students to pursue graduate programs at CSUN. We also hosted an Alumni Panel where our alumni shared about their career journey after graduation and current careers/positions. Here in Deaf Studies we love to provide opportunities for our alumni to share their knowledge and experiences with the next generation of future graduates! Read more


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