Deaf Awareness Coalition

DAC members after seeing Children of a Lesser God on Broadway

The Deaf Awareness Club advocates for understanding of Deaf Culture in the Harvard Community through educational events and working with the local Deaf Community.

Application Information:

To learn more about the resources and opportunities offered through DAC, email

Student Director Contact Information:

Aaron Shirley

Staff Contact Information:

Matias Ramos


Fall 2021

Status: Active

The Deaf Awareness Coalition (DAC) is a student-run organization, composed of community members from Cambridge and the greater Boston area, along with Harvard University students, faculty, and researchers, all dedicated to raising awareness about Deaf culture and accessibility. DAC is committed to increasing awareness and improving accessibility on campus through social and educational events, volunteer opportunities, university initiatives, and fundraising. In Fall 2021, DAC rebranded as ‘Deaf Awareness Coalition’ to better represent our mission and our different members and stakeholders.

We host regular American Sign Language (ASL) Tables as well as fun “Snack N’ Sign” events where we cultivate an inclusive, accessible, and safe environment for all people who use ASL. DAC encourages native signers as well as those who are new to signing to be a part of something greater than themselves, while always striving to make it clear that the coalition is to never act or speak on behalf of the Deaf community. We emphasize that DAC is foremost a group of people from all backgrounds that share a passion for learning about Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and a commitment to creating a more accessible and anti-audist Harvard community.

To learn more about the coalition and join us in our efforts, email us at to join our email list!

Also make sure to follow us on Instagram @dac.harvard and Facebook @pbhaDAC!