A few years ago, there were articles floating around about removing the word “Professional” in DPHH. I thought it would be a good opportunity to bring this topic back and express my views. Sometime in 2004 or 2005, a guy sent me email suggesting that I follow the same path that Dallas/Forth Worth took. Before reading my correspondent, I renamed this person to John Doe for his sake of privacy. I’ve also took out the excessive info to get the point.
John Doe wrote:
Dallas DPHH changed to DHH I suggest you all to change too or another name. I have been hearing nothing but negative remarks lately. Also MUST to have bar??
First of all, deaf professional the word itself is almost invalid because to my knowledge professionals don’t have to always drink to establish a professional exposure. The intent of establishing DPHH was to expose the deaf culture, people etc to the city of Houston so they can be more aware with who we, deaf people are…
I just laugh at the word professional you and I can agree that not even 1/8 of attendants are professionals including myself… unless u have a different point of perspective. I am speaking out and trying to make it friendlier for those who desire socialization whatever their conflicts are. I don’t think deaf people can afford to be cliquey since after all, it’s a small world we live in…
Lastly, the committee was kind of hand picked and without government. There isn’t much I could do but suggest you and the committee to reconsider this only because this deaf world we live in is small world. You also speak of employment opportunities…. At a bar?? Hmm just help with me out that I don’t get it….
Let’s look at the term professional (n). According to the dictionary, it states:
1. A person following a profession, especially a learned profession.
2. One who earns a living in a given or implied occupation.
3. A skilled practitioner; an expert.
That sums up the definition of professional… It can be something that a person excels in their line of work for years. Nothing more, nothing less.
Ask yourself, have you actually had the chance to meet every single person and learn about their occupation? If you did, then I could surely use your help to increase my network among deaf community. I know I haven’t and I certainly will try my best. Assumption about who they are or what they do is a dangerous act that ought to be set aside.
Based on my experience, approximately 25% of these people are professional and the rest is unknown since I have not met everyone. That’s 1 in 4 chances you’ll meet someone who has that… How cool is that? Granted, exposing deaf culture to hearing society is one of few reasons, but the sole purpose of professionalism is to encourage higher education and better career by sharing/networking one another regardless of anyone’s background.
As for alcohol, we are all adults… Alcohol plays a small role when attracting people where everyone can enjoy and relax. It’s a matter of choice. Even I know people who come to DPHH and socialize without drinking. Bars are a great method to attract and show people around Houston who have yet to discover. In spite of anyone’s drunkenness, it’s their responsibility to take care of themselves. We provide a place and time where adults can mingle, not exactly for families. What happens after that is beyond our control. In the end, we are all mature to make our own decisions…
Our committee is based on volunteers. We took the time, money and effort to establish this event on our own. There are no rules of order since we aren’t an organization. Consider us as a host/hostess to bring the community together. If you are not happy with the way we organize then you can perhaps recommend someone that will contribute in accordance to DPHH guidelines. It isn’t dictatorship. Those who want to help are welcome.
I appreciate your input in regards to name and location, but it isn’t enough to justify the changes you speak of. Consistency is one of the key factors in maintaining a successful event. Certain changes will create confusion and take a lot of our time to make the adjustments if not done correctly. So I asked myself and the committee, is it worth taking the word professional out when DPHH had already taken its recognition all over the United States along few reasons I mentioned?
Since then, I still stand by what I said. The fact is, we shouldn’t lower our standards for anyone. This is not to misunderstand that we separate ourselves from people who doesn’t hold that kind of professionalism. No… What this means EVERYONE at least 21 and up is welcome. It is up to you how you approach and gather information from one another. There’s a pool of opportunities and information that exists beyond your expectation. With this new site up and running, the first step is to establish a central network among deaf communities in Houston. Hopefully everyone who visit here will gain knowledge/confidence they need.
So rise up and challenge yourselves… You’ll be surprised to see how much you’re capable of.