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The NTID Department of Liberal Studies (DLS) provides opportunities for all students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to reach their academic potential and become responsible, global citizens and life-long learners. Faculty meet the needs of students through a variety of communication strategies in direct instruction as well as offering a unique approach to educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Instruction is provided in reading, writing and critical thinking, and DLS faculty partner with their CLA colleagues to teach, tutor and advise students in courses and programs in the various departments of the College of Liberal Arts.

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  • As one of the newest members of NTID's Department of Liberal Studies, Rachel Mazique will teach First Year Writing to deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT’s Writing Seminar course and collaborate with RIT’s University Writing Program, among others.

    Mazique earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in Education and English at Gallaudet University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where she is a doctoral candidate in English. Her research interests are American and British Deaf literatures, queer and gender studies, theories of ethnicity, human rights law, Deaf studies, disability studies, transatlantic literatures and cognitive literary studies.