Jennifer Dahlgren-Richardson is an Assistant Professor at El Paso Community College in the Sign Language and Interpreter Preparation Program. Jennifer has worked in the field of communication access, education, and advocacy for more than 15 years with a passion for the empowerment that comes through communication. She has trained countless service providers and students in the medical, legal, educational, social services and business fields. She has presented both nationally and internationally to audiences large and small. Advocating for the communication access rights for persons who are d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind and DeafDisabled so that they can function independently and equitably in society. Additionally, Jennifer is on the Board of Directors at the Borderland Rainbow Center and advocates for the intersectional needs of the LGBTQ communities. Education is the key to access and equality. By educating service providers, students and leaders about the rights and needs of minority communities, we make the world a more equitable place .