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Department of English Language and Literature pres.

The University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies (UMInDS) welcomes:

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu/ Leading With Your Life Story

Leading With Your Life Story

An interactive discussion that will emphasize key concepts of inclusion and illustrate practical strategies for growth, transforming difficult life lessons into useful knowledge for navigating life, cultivating one's unique style of personhood and leadership, and gaining the confidence to make change by shaking some $h!+ up.

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is Co-Executive Director of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN). A disabled woman of color, educator, writer, public speaker, parent, and global advocate, she is involved in various social justice activism endeavors including HIV-related advocacy, disability rights, learning via technology, research, and gender and racial equity. She is one of the editors (along with Lydia X.Z. Brown and E. Ashkenazy) of a groundbreaking anthology on autism and race as well as a co-coordinator of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Morénike has been an invited speaker in the White House, at the United Nations Headquarters, and a keynote speaker and/or presenter at numerous peer-reviewed advocacy, education, disability, and research conferences. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Advocating for Another: Health Activist of the Year” 2014 WEGO Health Award and the “Service to the Self-Advocacy Movement” 2015 Autistic Self Advocacy Network Award.

Accessibility for Angell Hall: Accessible entrance through adjacent buildings, or the North-West corner ground-floor entrance of Angell Hall. From the North-West entrance, the elevators are down the hall on the left and right sides. The event is on the third floor in room 3222. Men’s and women’s restrooms are located on the third floor near the elevators. A gender-neutral restroom is located on the fifth floor around the corner from the elevator.

Communication access real-time translation (CART) is provided for this event.

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