REGISTER TODAY FOR “Unlearning Audism” with guest panelist R. M. Horrell, J.D., M.L.S., (they, them), CEO of Mozzeria Inc. and Big Bully Roasters; President of the Board of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, and a distinguished Professor of Law.
Join Lindsey and R. M. on this transformative journey as they challenge preconceived notions about the deaf experience, deaf excellence, why a values-based business model matters, and what it means to create conscious working environments.
R. M.’s insights will underscore the belief that creating safe and equitable and accessible spaces for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and deaf-disabled people benefits everyone through a universal design approach.
what to expect during Unlearning Audism
Audism – Audism is not so much a personal discriminatory act but a system in which privilege is given to hearingness and proximity thereto — a spectrum of privilege that elevates English speech, lip reading , the use of implants and aids. If we look at is like a pectrum from hearing to hard of hearing to deaf to deafhood we get farther and farther from that privilege where access to information is obstaclized not so much by “need of visual information” but a refusal to provide visual information by those in power.”
ALLYSHIP – I prefer the term “allyship” (as opposed “being an ally”) because we should be “working toward greater allyship.” This word choice is important because it indicates humility and integrity as one cannot ever be complete in their work toward being more just. And using terms with finality like “ally” creates a sense of finishedness and worse is often weaponized by people who are doing harm but then saying “I’m an ally” etc. “Allyship – Mozzeria’s success story is rooted in a single shift in its business model, unlocking the potential of our all-deaf team.
Values-Based Culture – Mozzeria’s success story is rooted in a single shift in its business model, unlocking the potential of our all-deaf team. R. M.’s call-to-action is that we move beyond merely performative or numerical Diversity–move beyond checking a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) box.
Get to know r. m. Horrell
R. M. is the CEO of Mozzeria, Inc., in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, California, one of the most successful, Deaf-Owned and Deaf-Operated restaurant chains in the world. Prior to this role, R.M. was Senior Program Manager for CSD Social Venture Fund managing contracts, programs, and projects for Investment Partners. R.M. serves as president of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma board of directors and has since 2020. R.M. has more than 15 years of teaching experience having been a Deaf Education Teacher and a School Principal. Beyond this, they also are the CEO and co-founder of a boutique coffee roasting company, Big Bully Roasters based in Sonoma County, California. When not working, R.M. enjoys science fiction, tooling around in the garden, and spending time with family.
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County doing anti-poverty work that not only supports people through a whole family approach, but addresses systems that cause and create and perpetuate poverty including racism, ableism, corporate exploitation, unethical landlord housing practices, to name a few.