Beyond Accommodations: Changing the Disability Frame

November 18, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Instructors, Post-doctoral students, Researchers

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.


Series description

Audience shot at panel on toxic stress January 20, 2018

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion. 

Check out recaps and recordings of past programs under the Stories tab and our YouTube channel.

This Fall, join us for a "semester of learning," by exploring the topics in the series and helping us identify key take-aways, new scholarly questions, and practical strategies for the classroom.

Instructors and academic staff who participate in the full series are eligible for recognition by Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubon. More details will be shared at the kick-off event on September 5.