Black Deaf Womxn Development Foundation



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The mission of the NBDA Black Deaf Womxn’s Development Foundation (signed Womxn’s Foundation) is to create, support, and nurture the development of Black Deaf female leadership in the United States of America. The Womxn’s Foundation’s purpose is to increase the numbers of Black Deaf womxn in decision-making positions, through leadership training, direct funding opportunities, and professional networking.

CREATING NEW LEADERSHIP
The Womxn’s Foundation creates new leaders through leadership training and professional development, which will culminate at the Female Empowerment & Advocacy Training (FEAT) Convention taking place at the same time as the NBDA Biennial Conference.


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Each chapter or sponsor can recruit as many young womxn they can sponsor who meets the following qualifications:

  • Black Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, or Hard-of-Hearing Womxn between ages 21-41 who can communicate in PTASL/BASL/ASL
  • Become a member of a local BDA chapter (with Members-at-Large being eligible if self-funded)
  • Any qualified young Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Hard-of-Hearing womxn with leadership potential may apply. The application process entails:
  • Write a brief one-page essay or one-minute vlog describing your future goals and steps you are taking to get there
  • Submit a resume with past experience in organizations, non-profits, or workplaces
  • Complete an interview with the BDA chapter’s selection committee (MALs can interview with Womxn’s Foundation Advisory Council if self-funded)

We aim to be accessible in all ways. If you need assistance with the application process please contact womxn@nbda.org and we will be happy to connect you with an Accessibility Coordinator who will help fill out the application. Once chosen the chapter/sponsor must contact womxn@nbda.org to fill out the form to submit the FEAT Lady’s name and contact information.

SUPPORTING CURRENT LEADERS
The Womxn’s Foundation supports new leaders with direct funding for the development of Black Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard-of-Hearing womxn. Fellowships will be awarded as available, with no one womxn receiving any more than $1000 per calendar year.


LOTTIE MAE CROOK LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP
Named after the sole Black Deaf woman who was one of the founders of National Black Deaf Advocates, The NBDA Lottie Mae Crook Leadership Development Fellowship will be based on fundraising availability, with a max of $1000 per recipient per calendar year. These applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Womxn’s Foundation Advisory Board. The Leadership Development Fellowship may be used by Black Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard-of-Hearing womxn to contribute towards any leadership development training or opportunity outside of NBDA. This includes other nonprofit leadership training, corporate board training, or post-secondary degree attainment. If you are interested in applying for the fellowship please contact womxn@nbda.org to fill out the form to submit the FEAT Lady’s name and contact information.


NBDA WOMXN’S FOUNDATION TRANS WOMAN FELLOWSHIP
The NBDA Womxn’s Foundation Trans woman Mutual Aid Fellowship will be based on fundraising availability, with a max of $1000 per recipient per calendar year. These applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Womxn’s Foundation Advisory Board. The Trans woman Mutual Aid Fellowship can be used by Black Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard-of-Hearing trans womxn in any capacity by the Black Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Hard-of-Hearing trans woman who applies. If you are interested in applying for the fellowship please contact womxn@nbda.org to fill out the form to submit the FEAT Lady’s name and contact information

NURTURING BOLD LEADERSHIP
The Black Deaf Womxn’s Development Foundation Council is a nationwide network of women who are available for leadership in the Deaf Community. It is hoped that after training, the women will be knowledgeable and powerful enough to take leadership roles in their local area and the national stage. The NBDA Black Deaf Womxn’s Development Foundation Council is made up of Honorary Councilors, as well as FEAT Graduates.

Honorary Councilors - The first cohort of Honorary Councilors will be made up of national queens of the NBDA Pageant, as well all female-identified NBDA Officers from 1983 through 2023. Following cohorts of Honorary Councilors will be determined by the Womxn’s Foundation Leadership Team. If you are a former NBDA Queen or former NBDA Officer who identifies as female please reach out to womxn@nbda.org with your updated contact information so we can mail you your Councilor materials.

FEAT Graduates -Those who achieve a leadership role after completion of FEAT and hold the position for at least 6 months OR have 3 points of references proving community leadership outside of specific organizational involvement. FEAT Graduates who would like to be registered as Councilors may do so by submitting their materials to womxn@nbda.org.

If you believe in this mission we welcome you to support our programs by donating, thank you for supporting Black Deaf Womxn!

For information on the NBDA Miss Black Deaf America Pageant that took place from 1983-2015 please click here: Archive - Miss Black Deaf America