Discussions of disability on campus often focus on how we can support and accommodate individual needs and meet our compliance requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. With this session, we hope to add to that important conversation, inviting faculty, GSIs, staff, and students to think in creative and visionary ways about culture, structure, teaching and learning, and broader institutional transformation.
Key questions will include:
- How can we as a campus start to look at disability from a framework of equity, belonging and social justice, rather than solely as a matter of individual accommodation?
- What are the range of disability-related experiences in our classrooms, departments, organizations and campus community? What strengths and assets do they offer?
- What challenges are created by the structures, spaces, assumptions and narratives about ability and disability within which we work? How do they normalize certain types of experience, and impact the distribution of power and resources? How do they affect individual success and well-being? How can we address these challenges?
- What are some creative ways to think about curriculum, pedagogy, advising, mentoring and classroom culture that move us beyond “accommodation" to full inclusion and belonging?
- What does new research tell us about how to think about all of these issues?
Invited panelists and discussants:
- Ella Callow, ADA/Section 504 Compliance Office
- Mel Chen, Gender and Womens Studies
- Georgina Kleege, English
- Karen Nakamura, Anthropology
- Marsha Saxton, Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies
- Sue Schweik, English
A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by November 11.