UTA prides itself on diversity and embracing everyone, so I would like to further this in our community by having UTA provide a "Medical ASL (American Sign Language)" class. Not only would this benefit those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing trying to make it in the medical field, it would benefit those who are hearing. It would be similar to a medical terminology class, but involve sign language. There are numerous hospitals that cannot provide interpreters or anyone with basic sign language skills for those who are deaf, and UTA could pride itself in being a leader in doing so out of the universities in America. The hard-of-hearing and deaf community is often one that is forgotten and faces discrimination. This class would create awareness and an opportunity for those who are in nursing or pre-medical fields to be able to impress employers and have a bigger reach to others. Hearing and non-hearing people would be able to work together to further their knowledge. This would look great for hearing people and showcase them as leaders and allow the deaf and hoh to feel a part of the community. The ASL classes provided at UTA are a tremendous hit and are always completely filled, this would be a great addition to both the languages and medical departments on campus, both of which are extremely important and prevalent on campus.
Minorities and diversity are a HUGE part of what makes UTA unique and puts UTA on the map. This would increase our school spirit and star power enormously as well! This could make the news if the deaf community would be yet another minority heard (pun intended) at UTA.