Welcome to Reunify Gallaudet!
I established this blog in the hope of supporting the healing and reunification of the Gallaudet community by enabling dialogue on sensitive topics raised by the protests. By “Gallaudet community,” I mean both people on campus and also those of us across the country and around the world who feel some link to Gallaudet, whether or not we have ever been there.
I am particularly interested in exploring how we can build bridges between pro-FSSA supporters and pro-Fernandes supporters. I also hope we can explore issues related to racism, and issues related to all shades of audism (toward ASL users; toward SEE users; people who grew up oral; who have CIs; deaf-blind people; etc).
The most important rule in this blog is to please demonstrate RESPECT toward others. Since May 2006, discussion related to the protests and to Fernandes has often become polarized and hostile. So let me please re-emphasize that “The Reunification of Gallaudet” blog is meant to be a safe place for ALL people on ALL sides of the protests to air their views without fear of being attacked. All those who participate are asked to please respect the spirit and intention of this discussion board.
I hope to make more posts in the next weeks or months to come to spark dialogue on a range of relevant issues. But for now, let me open this as wide as possible:
1. Does anyone have any suggestions for topics they think should be explored/discussed in this blog? (If you have an essay of your own exploring a relevant topic, let me know at ashettle (at) patriot.net — I will be happy to consider posting it.)
2. For now, I’m starting this as a blog. But are there other formats that people would like better? Discussion board? Email-based discussion list (such as yahooGroups or GoogleGroups)? Moderated or unmoderated? If moderated, WHO should we recruit to moderate it?
3. To what extent should I moderate comments from blog readers? I want to promote free and open dialogue. On the other hand, if comments become too hostile then I am concerned that people will not feel safe enough to participate in meaningful dialogue. But I’m not yet sure where to draw the line between these two competing needs. Suggestions?
4. Anything else?