Jason "JT" Tozier
Mr. Tozier specializes in a Deaf perspective on hate crimes, Deaf returnees (newly-released prison inmates), social justice, Deaf Studies, and criminal-justice reform. He will address these issues.
We live in a culture of fear. What we now identify as "hate crime" has been part of our culture for centuries, only it wasn't recognized. The real work comes once we have gained awareness about hate crimes. Learn about hate crimes and share your experiences; these experiences can be transformative. Every university has at least one professor who's been seriously pondering these questions.
In her article "Deaf Studies in the Year 2000: New Directions," MJ Bienvenu wrote, “We need to ask a larger question.....Why do we need Deaf Studies?”
Lack of knowledge about hate crimes continues to be a problem. First and foremost is the understanding that hate crime requires competency in at least two languages in this matter: American Sign Language (ASL) and written English. Participating in activism requires competency in ASL at a certain level. This is important so we can join our cause to the welfare of the Deaf community, create a healthy society, and challenge hate crime.
One goal of this lecture is to provide the information and support we need to make this transition to a new way of thinking. Another goal is to provide people with high-quality knowledge that promotes transformative work, advancements in cultural competency, and inclusion. Training focuses on how to stop unconscious bias. My approach is with a compassionate style that is both accessible and enlightening. I will provide a basic understanding of hate crime against not only ASL, but also against Deaf people.
If you like what you see, let's start supporting advocacy and transformative groundwork. The Deaf community should be loaded with leading-edge information that can effectively address the hate crimes facing Deaf people everyday. Examples can include spaces, a never-before-used space, learning to think outside the box. Just think of how more awareness can change your way of thinking, and your life.