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Deaf President Now

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Deaf President Now (DPN) was a student-led protest at Gallaudet University over the selection of the university's next president. DPN supporters believed that the world's only university for deaf and hard of hearing students should be run by a person who was deaf. On March 6, 1998, when the Board of Trustees announced that a hearing individual was chosen over several deaf candidates to be the next university president, a week-long protest began. The protest ended on March 13, 1998 with the Board of Trustees announcing that Dr. I. King Jordan would instead become the first deaf president of the university. "It also was a unique coming together of Gallaudet students, faculty and staff with the national deaf community—all bound by clear and defined goals." [1]


  1. Deaf President Now Anniversay. Gallaudet University. Accessed March 5, 2008.