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2022 Scholarly Intersections Symposium: Breaking Down the Walls, Deaf & Disabled Immigrant Experiences

April 8, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Breaking Down the Walls: Deaf & Disabled Immigrant Experiences

ASL Linguistics & Deaf Cultures Program, in collaboration with Sociology and Anthropology are proud to present Four immigrant advocate panelists from a wide range of experiences, including Deaf immigrants from different countries of origin and hearing family members, will talk about the intersections of being Deaf and/or having deaf family members, their immigrant experiences, and reflections as immigrant advocates. Speaker presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion, and the event will be concluded with an open discussion involving audience members. 

Panelists include:


Roberto Sandoval: Latinx Deaf Interpreter and Member of Latinx DDBDDHHLD Community

Roberto serves for DDBDDHHLD communities as a Latinx Deaf interpreter and works with sign language interpreter organizations such as Mano a Mano (MaM) which is a national and professional ASL/Spanish/English trilingual interpreter organization. His participation on the MaM Board marked the beginning of many collaborations between Deaf and hearing interpreters who work in Spanish-influenced settings. From 2011 to 2017, he had served three consecutive times in the Council de Manos Conference Planning Committee. Roberto is currently involved in the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct task force. He also is the co-chair of the CAD Interpreter Licensure task force.


Cecilia Olivera: Parent Representative of Deaf Latinos y Familia

“Cecilia is a mother of 3 that fights for her children with all her might and never stops advocating for her deaf daughter. 
Cecilia es una madre de 3 que lucha por sus hijos con todas sus fuerzas y nunca deja de abogar por su hija sorda.”
    Ranem Shhadeh: is a Palestinian American Deaf woman who knows Israeli and American Sign Language. She is an activist for refugees, social justice and accessibility. She was the first to graduate as an ASL Deaf interpreter at San Marcos Palomar College. You’ve  probably see her with her hearing alert service dog named Bella. Ranem is very involved with the Deaf community such as providing services to those who have language barriers. She believes in equal access. Interpreting dept of Deaf Community Services. Prior to that she worked in Disability Rights no matter where a person comes from around the world. Deaf refugees have a very special place in Ranem’s heart. She currently works as an Operations Manager in the California (2016-2018) and United States Army Corps, Fort Hood Texas (2011- 2015). 
          Ken Datugan: is currently a graduate student at CSULA studying in Counseling after having worked for Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSP&S) at Long Beach City College for over 10 years. He is also a Board officer for The California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED) DHH CIG. He identifies as a Gay male, Deaf/Disabled Filipino American. Datugan was born in Bataan, Philippines, immigrated to the United States of America in 1984 and became a US citizen in 2007. 
              Dr. Norma Salcedo: Director, CSULB Dream Success center.  In her role, she provides leadership, direction, and oversight of the services provided at the DSC. The mission of the DSC is to empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success.
Dr. Salcedo has supported immigrant students across the United States while working at the University of Kansas, University of Connecticut, Cal Poly Pomona, and most recently, San Francisco State University. With her vast experience working in higher education, she brings understanding and advocacy to what it means to support undocumented students in higher education.
Dr. Salcedo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. She recently completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.
Working at CSULB is a homecoming for Dr. Salcedo as she grew up in Long Beach, CA. Her experience and passion for helping the community brings great value to the CSULB’s OneBeach family. She enjoys jogging and making memories with her young niece.

This event will be in person and online via zoom.

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April 8, 2022
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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ASL Linguistics & Deaf Cultures Program


1250 Bellflower Blvd, room LH-151
Long Beach, CA 90840
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