What is DWU?

Founded in 1985, Deaf Women United (DWU) is a national organization that is dedicated to serving Deaf women by providing resources that connect these women to empowerment of self and others through advocacy, education, and outreach. Deaf communities are spread out, making it even more crucial to develop opportunities for networking where information can be exchanged. Ultimately, these opportunities will enhance the quality of all Deaf women’s lives. 

Deaf Women United aspires to be a significant contributor to the community of Deaf women from all walks of life and this is accomplished by recognizing, valuing, and embracing their additional identities. You can take a part in accomplishing the goal of empowering Deaf women with us. We offer numerous ways of getting involved. Explore our features and get in touch.

This website is currently undergoing an exciting renovation to update all the new changes we’ve recently taken on. The finalization will take place soon so we thank you for your patience! 


Meet the DWU board:

Name: Lissette Molina Wood

Position: Accountability Chair

Location: Miami, FLA

Name: Jazzy Jones

Position: Operations Chair

Location: Rochester, NY

Name: LeeAnne Valentine

Position: Communication Chair

Location: Rochester, NY

Name: Kristina Bernhardt

Position: Programs Chair

Location: Rochester, NY

Name: Elvia Guillermo

Position: Finance Chair

Location: Washington, DC

Name: Jessica Madsen

Position: Outreach Chair

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Name: Kim Minard

Position: Conference Chair

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Deaf Women United National Conference: Phoenix, AZ July 17, 2019 – July 21, 2019

We are thrilled to be hosting our next conference in Phoenix, Arizona next summer, from July 17, 2019 to July 21, 2019. The details of the conference features and logistics will be continuously unrevealed to the community up to the last day of the conference. Registration is coming soon! We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

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