The purpose of this study was to determine the role the students played in the 1988 Deaf President Now (DPN) protest at Gallaudet University and to determine the impact the protest had on student activism, d/Deaf education, and the Deaf community. The researcher analyzed primary sources from the students who participated in the protest and distributed electronic surveys to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Gallaudet University in the spring of 2014. Results of this study found that the students played a major role in the 1988 protest. The students overtook Gallaudet University by making demands, blocking the campus gates, and holding rallies. In addition, the findings revealed that the graduate students tended to have more knowledge of DPN than the undergraduate students and that the students may not consider d/Deafness a necessity now for the President of Gallaudet University.


Baumgartner, Kabria

Second Advisor

Goldberg, Don


Communication Studies; History


Cultural History


Deaf President Now, student protest, Gallaudet University

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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