Youth Leadership in a Pandemic: Black Lives Matter

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Through exploratory dialogue within the lens of empowerment and self-advocacy this presentation will focus on building confidence in d/Deaf youths by providing tools and resources for them to be able to become leaders in the classroom as well as the Deaf community.

  • DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 8-9 PM EST
  • No CEUs will be offered for this webinar
  • This is a free webinar that requires registration.


Christopher Johnson (He/Him/His)

Christopher D. Johnson, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, is a bilingual and bicultural Black deaf male who is passionately advocating for Black d/Deaf. Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate studies, the year 2013, in Sports Management from the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton, Georgia. Upon graduation, at Tennessee School for the Deaf-Knoxville, Chris successfully implemented a social club called Cup of Wisdom Club (C.O.W.) The purpose was to implement and develop a social club dismantling a broad spectrum of barriers from the oppressed knowledge in educational to social maturity in high school-aged deaf to hard-of-hearing students. A rare opportunity would be remiss several years later if Chris didn't accept a letter from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C; recently, in 2019, he received a degree in Sign Language Education. During his tenure as a graduate student at Gallaudet, from 2018 - 2019, he fulfilled his aspirations which is not limited to: an adjunct instructor (through Graduate Fellowship) and ASL tutor at Northern Virginia Community College at the Annandale campus; Graduate Assistant at one of the six dormitories within the Residence Life and Housing at Gallaudet University (and he mentored undergraduates); served as a Black Deaf Youth Leadership Coordinator under the DC Area Black Deaf Advocates chapter (DCABDA); chaired the Dr. Glenn B. Anderson scholarship program (2018 - 2020); and led the Collegiate Black Deaf Leadership Institute (CBDSLI)--under National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)--as an assistant director. Currently, he is instructing ASL at the University of Minnesota at the Duluth campus and fulfilling his obligations with current voluntary roles with a couple of nonprofit organizations.

Annabelle Scroggins (She/Her/ Hers)

Annabelle Grace Scroggins was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and went to Arkansas School for the Deaf for a brief period of time. Later, she moved to Austin, Texas, and attends Texas School for the Deaf. During her childhood time, she was involved with volleyball, basketball, and softball in elementary and middle school years. During 5th grade, Annabelle was president for Student Council for the whole elementary school. In middle school, she continued to be involved with helping the student council program. As she enrolled in high school, her motivation gained, and she became more curious about the Jr. NAD program. She has been a member of Jr.NAD for three years now. She enjoys being on many committees. She was a chairperson for the 2020 prom last May, and she did an excellent job organizing the event! Annabelle loves going out and seek nature, volunteering for many school events, helping out many different things, and many more! She loves to listen to music and translate them into ASL! As a Jr. NAD Youth Ambassador, Annabelle’s goal is to raise the awareness of diversity in my school and all over America. She would like to attend either Gallaudet University or the University of Texas. In ten years, she sees herself working in the Public Health field and working with NAD.

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