Meaningful Partnerships: Connecting Global Communities
Connecting students with global communities through international experiences has been central to linguist Dr. Jami Fisher’s work in the Department of Linguistics and American Sign Language program. In her course, Disability Rights and Oppression: Experiences within Global Deaf Communities, which was first offered as a Penn Global Seminar (PGS) in spring 2019, students traveled to Italy at the culmination of a semester studying global deaf communities, Italian Sign Language, and the fight for national recognition of sign language in Italy. Fisher’s plan to offer the course and travel with students to Italy again this academic year shifted as the pandemic halted travel. Despite this disappointment, it did not stop her focus on bringing people from different places and backgrounds together in order to learn, collaborate, and form meaningful partnerships.
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