Congratulations, Dr. Ava Morrow!

TRANSCRIPT: Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees voted to award the distinguished status of Professor Emeritus to Dr. Ava Morrow. She was selected for this honor by her faculty peers in recognition of her outstanding service and contributions to the University. This honor will be conferred upon Dr. Morrow during the University’s 149th Commencement ceremony on May 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm.

Dr. Ava Morrow learned sign language at Western, a female only high school in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morgan State University in 1980 and in the same year she began working as a laboratory technician in the biology department at Gallaudet University. While working at Gallaudet, she enrolled in intermediate and advanced level sign language classes and eventually began taking sign language interpreting classes. She was certified as an interpreter in 1983.

After achieving this goal, Dr. Morrow attended Howard University, majored in microbiology and earned a Master of Science degree (1988) and a Ph.D. (2004). She retired from the biology department in 2013 as a full professor of microbiology. Although Dr. Morrow has retired from Gallaudet, she is still active in the community. She mentors sign language interpreters, scientists and students. She is the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Program Director for the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. and she is the STEM Network Ambassador for the District of Columbia.

In addition, Dr. Morrow is the current bylaws chair of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, District of Columbia Metro Chapter (NAOBI-DC), she is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), and the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID), she is a member of the Medical Reserve Corp of the Prince George’s County Health Department, a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The entire Leadership team and Board NAOBI-DC wish to congratulate Dr. Ava Morrow for her meritorious service to Gallaudet University and for making history as the second African American to be awarded the distinguished honor of Professor Emeritus. We are proud and thankful to have our own Hidden Figure amongst us. Let’s all acknowledge Dr. Ava Morrow who is hidden no more! #BlackWomanMagic

Jenese E. Portee, M.S., N.I.C.
National Alliance of Black Interpreters
DC Metro Chapter President