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The Silent Garden

Silent Garden Lecture

Supported by the Silent Garden Education Fund through a grant from the Laurence W. Levine Foundation and many other friends of the Silent Garden, the Silent Garden Lectures bring education and awareness to the Central Valley and beyond.

The lecture series began in 2013 as a way to foster opportunity, understanding and awareness for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Through an endowment from The Silent Garden Education Fund, continued support for workshops and other outreach opportunities for alumni, friends, practitioners, educators and family members are made available.

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12th Annual Silent Garden Lecture Series

Saturday, February 24, 2024  |  Resnick Student Union at Fresno State

Dr. Robert Davila imageThe 2024 Silent Garden Lecture Series "Building a Bridge to My Deaf Child's Success. ¡Vamos, sí se puede!” was presented by Dr. Robert R. Davila and chaired by Dr. Omar Ruiz. 

Keynote Presentations

Dr. Omar Ruiz
"My Road to Success" / "¡Aun Se Puede! Mi Camino Al Éxito"

Evelyn Pena
"Siblings: The Unbreakable Bond" / "Hermanos: El vínculo inquebrantable"

Mark Apodaca
"Parenting in Multicultural Families" / "La crianza de los hijos en familias multiculturales"


Additional Information

Registration and CEUs

  • The Silent Garden Lecture is 100% free for all attendees 
  • CEUs available for $35



  • College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State
  • Robert R. and Donna E. Davila Endowment 
  • Silent Garden Education Fund
  • Laurence W. Levine Foundation, Inc. 

Learn about our past lectures