Deaf Women United conference in Phoenix
From July 17 to 21, Deaf Women United (DWU) hosted a conference in Phoenix, Arizona. DWU was founded in 1985. The conference is bi-annual. The purpose is to get Deaf women together to socialize, support each other, learn more about each other, and to have workshops, training, presentations, business ideas, creative ideas, and networking. About 200 women attended this recent conference. I personally did attend that conference and I filmed some moments. I will show you a recap video of the entire weekend.
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Deaf… Women… United!
Eddie Lee Bachus
This is my 12th time going to DWU because I just absolutely love going. I’ve learned so much
here. I want to give my support and encourage other women.
Michelle Lapides and Katherine Lees
Just so that you’re all aware, this is really our very first official presentation on behalf of dozanü.
So, I want to thank you all for this opportunity.
I’m involved in the breast cancer battle. I want to spread awareness about the Deaf CP and that
they are also at risk of breast cancer. We have people with a variety of disabilities including
those who have cancer. I want to share some of my experiences. I’m a one-year breast cancer
What happened was that my good friend Veena…
She had convinced me to come here. I was skeptical at first, especially after she said it would
be in Arizona. It’s too hot for me! She had to beg me until I gave in. Ever since we came here,
it’s definitely been worth it!
How I ended up here started when I went to the DWC. It was certainly enjoyable and it got me
interested in DWU. Why not? So many deaf women joined us and it’s been so much fun! There
are workshops and everything.I wanted them to teach me for the sake of personal growth, my career and my future. All the knowledge passed onto me would then be passed onto other deaf women who need to see that motivation.
What I like about DWU is instead of a TEDx, we’re doing a DWUx. I really like the idea of
speaking to an audience. Also, the workshops, I’ve learned a lot from their presentations. It’s
really been worthwhile for me coming here. There’s a youth program and it’s the first time
they’ve done that too! It’s been a good experience!
I can assist the presenters by sharing their bios and introducing them before the presentations. I
can bring the DWU board water and whatever they need. I also take pictures at the
conferences. That’s what I’ve been doing and what else?
I’ve been helping out on the computers with the presentation slides.
Oh no, you’re filming me? I don’t want you to see my secret!
I continue to grow every year and it’s because of DWU. I look forward to seeing others at my
age or those younger than myself to jump on this chance to meet women who could eventually
be your mentor. They’re women who could lead you, encourage you and inspire you! So let’s
get started now! Start young!
At today’s community board meeting, I proposed a motion that was later passed. The motion
concerned the bylaws for a youth chairperson role to be added to the board. I’m really
appreciative by the fact it was passed, it’s sorta a compliment for me.
I’ve truly enjoyed my first time at a DWU meeting. I really have to thank my aunt for insisting that
I attend. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned. I’ve done some soul searching and I initially didn’t
realize this but a lot of the presentation material applied to me in some ways. I’ve enjoyed
myself and I really want to say thank you to DWU!
You know, for every dollar made within an Asian community, that dollar stays in the ecosystem
for 28 days. For the white community, it takes 17 days. In the African-American community
ecosystem, that dollar lasts only 6 hours! That’s it! However, the African-American community’s
spending power is at $1.1 trillion! A trillion! How much of that money is invested back into the
African-American community? A miniscule amount. That must change.
I’m Josie Krueger, and I am a transgender woman. I’ve come to DWU to provide a workshop
about my journey as a transgender person. The workshop has a Part 1 and Part 2. Ever since
I’ve come here, it’s been truly a rich experience. I’ve met so many different people with different
experiences and backgrounds whether it’s economical, cultural, racial and more! I feel welcome
here. I feel at home here.
I never had a sense of pride being a woman until I came here to DWU. I’m really impressed!
I’ve really been flabbergasted. It’s actually my first time here so I’m a bit taken aback. I’ve felt so
welcome here and I’ve benefited from all these amazing presentations. So powerful. Just
Power should be emphasized here because the more we learn, the more powerful we become
and move closer to owning your own identity as a woman. That’s what power is.
My presentation focuses on self care like keeping yourself clean, taking showers and these
basic things. These actions do have serious environmental implications which in turn would
impact women. Climate change does impact everyone to some degree, but not everyone would be equally affected. It’s critical to be mindful of these harmful actions to minimize their negative
impact on climate change which in turn lessens its effect on women.
I learned so much from Jazzy who just gave a presentation on how to write your will and
prepare for life after retirement. I learned a lot about these things.
Marilyn Jean Smith
They showed us how being nice is different from showing kindness. It’s about making
meaningful advances expecting no compensation in return. Do it out of the goodness of your
heart for the purpose of making the world a better place. We need that and doing that takes
Belinda Carroll and Kim Minard, Phoenix co-conference chairs
All that anxiety and now the day has arrived. We’re already halfway, actually three-fourths way
through the DWU and we’ll have the gala tomorrow. I’m looking forward to wrapping all this up.
Really, we’ve had challenges. There were new ideas thrown in where we needed to come to a
compromise. Once we compromised, we made the necessary adjustments and the changes
have been more intensive compared to prior events. I feel that we’ve come up with good results
and people have said they’re really impressed, said that they really like it. I do feel good about
Maria Del C. Hamblin
Here at DWU, there’s nice and beautiful people all around. They shared beautiful stories about
their own worlds. DWU has been an inspiration for me.
I’m really excited to be the keynote speaker tonight for Deaf Women United. It’s my gift to share
inspirational messages for everyone here, the beautiful sisters and the Queens of this room.
This is a beautiful evening. Please, whether or not you’ve accomplished, I don’t care but
celebrate that moment…
Lissette Molina Wood
This is a truly wonderful group of strong beautiful women who’ve come here to support,
empower and share information with each other. See that amazing picture behind me?
That was taken at DWU. An incredibly beautiful experience.
DWU. DWU. DWU. DWU.
A wonderful conference.
This is my 7th conference and soon to be my 15th.
This is my first time and it’s been awesome!
Renca: The next conference is in Chicago in 2021.
Julia Anderson and Carol Nemecek-Kowalski, Chicago co-conference chairs:
I’m so excited. 2 years to go. I remember when there was 4 years of waiting time. There are so
many events happening. On Wednesday night, there’s a cruise. There are many good
workshops and presentations being offered.
If you want to get more information, you can take a look at our website.
Under the Deaf Women United website, you will get all the information you will need so check
Come and see you there!
Yes! Come over here!