Stephanie D. Johnson, who is as known in the community as Najma, is a culturally Black woman who graduated from St. Mary's School for the Deaf (SMSD) located in Buffalo, NY in 1995. She has been a community educator for over 12 years and recently got her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. Stephanie’s hope is to continue working with all communities (DDBDDHH) within the Deaf community for the purpose of supporting the creation of a strong, interdependent community. To read more about Stephanie, check her bio.
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Stephanie has written numerous articles on the topic of Deaf (DDBDDHH BIPOC LBGTQQI) and has worked in the field of sign language education as a researcher and as a teacher.
Stephanie is actively involved in various organizations, including Together All In Solidarity (formerly known as Take A Stand) and Youth Leadership Camp, and has done community projects such as Dare to Utter. She founded S.U.R.V.I.V.E, (Sistahs Ultimately Regaining Victory in Voicing Equality), a group serving the LGBTQQI Black Deaf community in Atlanta.