Exploring Deaf Culture Parts 1 and 2

May 10, 2021: Part 1  10 a.m. to Noon
May 17, 2021: Part 2  Offered Twice  10 a.m. to Noon or 1 to 3 p.m.

Exploring Deaf Culture – Parts 1 and 2

Facilitated by Dr. Regan Thibodeau who has been advocating for the inclusion of Deaf people in public policy and other stakeholder roles that make decisions impacting the education of, the language rights of, and the existence of Deaf people since she was a teenager. She went from teaching ASL and Deaf culture to social justice awareness to the concept of restorative justice with one goal in mind, to form a partnership between the Deaf and Hearing communities. Deafness brings forth wonderful gifts to mankind. Dr. Thibodeau will passionately show you how!

Part 1 – Monday, May 10, 2021               10 a.m. to Noon

This in-depth tour of Deaf people and culture is your opportunity to better understand how valuable Deafness is to the existence of humankind. Dr. Regan Thibodeau will guide you with examples from your everyday life that was innovated by the existence of deafness. Effective solutions are all what we strive for to make our lives livable and enjoyable. However, an irony perseveres in a propaganda through misconstrued ideologies that deafness is something to be feared. After this tour, you may find yourself more intrigued and curious about how different human disabilities have helped improve your everyday life!  It is highly recommended that participants attend both Parts 1 and 2 of this series. 

Part 2Monday, May 17, 2021               Same Information Repeated Twice   10 a.m. to Noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Continuing the learning from the first session, Dr. Regan Thibodeau's continues her tour of Deaf people and culture. By talking about specific examples of what you can do in the presence or absence of Deaf people. It is an how-to interactive workshop to talk about how you can be more aware and conscious about your everyday participation amongst others. You can make your content accessible as well as become more mindful of your impact quotient on others. Especially, when a group of people are a linguistic minority because they do not access a spoken language directly. Activities will encourage the understanding of your space as a human and how to create an interdependence that promotes inclusion for most, if not all, humans. 

There is no cost for MSU Extension staff to attend. There is a $25.00 fee for non-MSU Extension participants to attend. 

This workshop will be held online. Participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the workshop.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For any additional questions or information, feel free to contact Dionardo Pizaña at pizanad@msu.edu.