American Sign Language

The American Sign Language (ASL) Community is a residential learning community for Deaf students and students committed to improving and/or maintaining their ASL language skills. The community is open to students in the Deaf Studies major, students who use ASL in their everyday lives, and students who affiliate with the Deaf community. Through participation in the ASL Community, students will improve their understanding of the Deaf community through immersion in a Deaf and ASL friendly environment with ASL-only common areas, events, and activities. Community events could include guest speakers from the Deaf Community, tutoring in ASL, community meals, ASL storytelling and performances, poetry nights, and field trips to events highlighting Deaf lifestyle and traditions. This community is a partnership between the Deaf Studies Program and Housing & Residence Life.

  • Ability to practice sign language with community members, faculty, and staff
  • Designated voice-off hours
  • Gain better understanding  and awareness of the Deaf community  and culture
  • Engaging in and planning of Deaf programming  and events

What are the eligibility requirements?
  • Residents in the ASL Community must have completed ASL 1: DFST 104.  Residents who have not completed ASL 1 but believe they have a sufficient level of ASL skill to live in this community must schedule a screening with the Deaf Studies Program by May 15, 2015.  To schedule your screening contact the Deaf Studies Program at 410-704-4153.

The community is open to incoming and returning students who have 89 or fewer credits at the end of Fall 2014. 

How do I apply?
  • Current residents: Information will be available in Spring 2015.
  • New students interested in the ASL Community must complete the online housing request process. This includes paying a $350 non-refundable housing deposit and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the housing contract.  During the online process students will be able to identify interest in the ASL Community.  Residents are selected for the community based on the completion of the eligibility requirements listed above.  
    For information on the online housing request process visit:
What staffing is there for the community?
  • The community will have a Resident Assistant and two ASL Community Mentors.  Additionally, there will be support from the Deaf Studies Program and Housing & Residence Life.
How do I make a special accommodation request?
  • Through the online housing request process there will be an opportunity to complete a special accommodation request.
How many roommates would I have?
  • The ASL Community is located in Barton House. All rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.
When was the American Sign Language Community established?
  • The American Sign Language Community was established in Fall 2013 in Barton House.
meet your ra

Adrianna Featherstone
Deaf Studies and Criminal Justice

Interests and Hobbies: Writing, singing, and playing soccer

What do you enjoy most about your Residential Learning Community?: What I truly enjoy most about my Residential Learning Community is that although we come from very diverse backgrounds we all strive to accomplish the same goal of fostering positive relationships with one another through the shared enjoyment of learning about ASL and Deaf culture respectively.

Additional Housing and Residence Life FAQs can be found in the link below:

For Additional Questions please contact Bryan Schlein at RLCommunities@towson.edu

Department of Housing & Residence Life
West Village Commons, 3rd Floor(map)
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2516
Fax: 410-704-4228
E-mail: housing@towson.edu

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