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"An Ingenious Way to Live": Fostering Disability Culture in Higher Education

Panel event with Q & A

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"Disability is not a great struggle or 'courage in the face of adversity.' Disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live." -Neil Marcus

In this panel event, scholars and practitioners discuss opportunities for ingenuity as a growing number of higher education institutions shift toward an intersectional cultural model of disability.

Panelists:

Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum (she/hers), a U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity scholar in residence and associate professor of English at the University of Delaware whose work includes understanding experiences of disability and difference within academic and institutional culture.

Lloyd Shelton (he/him), U-M School of Social Work alumnus who founded Students with Disabilities and our Allies Group (SDAG) and received the 2014 Neubacher Award for his contributions to advancing disability inclusion on U-M’s campus.

Piotr Pasik (he/him), Director of Adaptive Recreation at Michigan State University who teaches courses on integrated wheelchair sports, uses adaptive sports to cultivate disability inclusion, and has helped propel MSU's adaptive sports facilities to the top of the Big Ten.

liz thomson (they/them), University of Minnesota-Morris's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs with 20+ years of higher education experience, including teaching women's studies and Asian American studies, whose current research focuses on the new phenomenon of disability cultural centers in US higher education.

Moderated by Ashley Wiseman, Co-Chair of Disability Culture at U-M, with welcoming remarks from Dr. Robert Adams, Director of U-M Initiative on Disability Studies.

This event is co-presented by Disability Culture at U-M and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our generous cosponsors include the UM Initiative on Disability Studies, Voices of the Staff, and the Council for Disability Concerns.

Accessibility information:
The RSVP form (myumi.ch/QAnrZ) includes an opportunity for you to tell us about your access needs and how we can ensure you are able to access the event. You can also reach out to Ashley Wiseman (wisemana@umich.edu).

Please refrain from wearing strong scents, such as perfume/cologne. The building, event space, and restroom are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (room #2521) and gender-inclusive restroom (third floor, east wing) are available on site. The nearest reflection room is in the Michigan League (room #347). CART and ASL services will be available. This event will be video-recorded, as well as live-streamed via (the link will be provided when available and to those who RSVP).

The Palmer Parking Structure is the closest public parking structure (two blocks away); it is free for U-M employees with a blue pass and $1.70 per hour for anyone else. It includes parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

About Disability Culture at U-M
In the University of Michigan's 2016 campus climate survey, 48% of disabled students, nearly a third of disabled staff, and a quarter of disabled faculty reported experiencing at least one incident of discrimination based on their disability identity. Our cross-disability group is dedicated to bringing disabled students, staff, and faculty together in order to build a prideful community that centers disability culture, as it intersects with our other identities. We foster friendships, coordinate events (e.g., our recent panel on disability inclusion that drew 500 attendees), and work toward the establishment of a Disability Cultural Center at the University of Michigan.
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