by Matt Collette, news@Northeastern (January 25, 2013)
Early in her first year of college, Sarah Honigfeld was named president of Northeastern’s Deaf Club. She didn’t get the position because of her leadership qualities or group vision, though she brought both to the job.
“The bylaws said the president had to be deaf and I was the only deaf student,” said Honigfeld, now a fifth-year human services major in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. “It sort of happened by default.”
Under Honigfeld’s leadership, the group became the Interpreting Club, a student-based organization that gives participants a chance to discuss topics ranging from American Sign Language to deaf culture.
“We opened up the club to ASL students, students with deaf parents, or even those who want to learn more about these topics,” said Honigfeld, who wears two hearing aids but relies primarily on lip reading to communicate. “It made it so it was more inclusive.”
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