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Institutes + Centers

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About

About

The Center of Diversity and Inclusion advances the institutional mission of graduating socially responsible practitioners by delivering quality programs, trainings, services and resources that support the success of all community members on Adler University’s three campuses. We also critically review existing policies to assess for equity and inclusion and develop new policies to create a more inclusive environment.

Our work addresses fundamental areas of Inclusive Excellence – access and success, institutional climate and intergroup relations, education and scholarship, institutional infrastructure and community engagement. In collaboration with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners, we strive to integrate the Inclusive Excellence framework into the fabric of the University.

Services and Resources

Areas of Focus

Consultation and Advising

Confidential consultations and advisement are available for faculty, staff, students and other University affiliates. Our services cover a wide range of topics, including transforming curricula, enhancing diversity recruitment efforts, managing difficult/sensitive conversations with colleagues and students and sustaining inclusive classroom practices. We also facilitate dialogues among individuals and small groups and support departments with developing diversity and inclusion plans for their respective areas.

Research and Data Analysis

In collaboration with the Offices of People and Culture and Institutional Research, we analyze data on the recruitment, success, and retention of Adler’s historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to develop appropriate action plans. Additionally, we research best practices on a range of topics and provide individuals and departments recommendations based on the current literature. Bi-annually, we launch a diversity climate survey for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to ensure we are making progress towards our goals.

Workshops and Training

We coordinate the selection of scholars and experts to address a range of topics, such as implicit bias and managing difficult conversations in the classroom. We also provide internal training sessions, such as Safe Space (focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations), Inclusive Language, Principles of Inclusive Pedagogy, and Generational Diversity. Upon request, we design customized presentations to meet unique departmental needs.

Programs

We deliver programs that bring an increased awareness of equity, diversity and inclusion and/or events that represent underserved communities, often in collaboration with our Campus Diversity Committees. Our programming promotes a learning community that values varied ideas and experiences that reinforce pluralism, one of Adler’s institutional values.

Resources

We offer a range of resources to support Adler community members. Examples include an Inclusive Pedagogy website, a flowchart that identifies where to report incidents (e.g., biased incidents, discrimination, sexual assault, etc.) and diversity recruitment and hiring materials. Our office also maintains queery.org, a website that lists LGBTQIA+ resources for faculty, students, staff and the greater Chicagoland area.

Collaboration

The Center regularly works with the University’s Diversity Committee, student, academic, and student affairs leaders to design, develop, facilitate, and assess programs and resources.

Programs and Fellowships

Programs and Fellowships

Diversity Scholars Program

The Diversity Scholars Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from underrepresented/underserved backgrounds to learn more about graduate study in psychology at Adler University. It is designed to increase diversity among graduate students in various areas of psychology.

More specifically, this program is designed to:

  • Preview graduate-level courses in psychology
  • Share information regarding success strategies for completing graduate programs
  • Offer practical tips regarding selecting and applying to graduate programs
  • Expose participants to prominent faculty and administrators from diverse backgrounds
  • Establish authentic and lasting relationships through ongoing mentorship
  • Explore the intersections of psychology and social justice

Program Funding

Students who attend the Diversity Scholars Program that decide to apply to Adler University, will receive an application fee waiver. Additionally, those that are accepted into one of Adler University’s academic programs will also receive a Diversity Scholars Scholarship that provides a 50% tuition waiver! Please note, participants must attend and participate for the entire time of the program to qualify for any scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Identify as a member of an underrepresented population (i.e., student of color, low income, first generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Current classification as a junior or senior in college (minimum of 45 completed credits)
  • Genuine interest in the field of psychology
  • Strong commitment to social justice

Application Process

Please submit the following application materials:

  • A completed application form, signed and dated
  • An updated copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Recommendation – Please provide one letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak about your academic potential.
  • Essay – Please submit a statement (500 words maximum) describing your future career goals and commitment to working with underrepresented populations.
  • A copy of your Official Transcripts.

Students must submit all application materials by Friday, September 10, 2021 to [email protected]. Please feel free to email us with any further questions about the program.

Diversity Leadership Program

The Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) at Adler is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to provide opportunities for Psy.D.-level students of color to find community, develop a sense of belonging and receive academic support, resources, and advisement. 

For more information about D.L.P please contact [email protected] with subject line Diversity Leadership Program Information request 

Lead with Excellence and Diversity Program

The Leading with Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity (LEAD) program at Adler is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to provide opportunities for Master’s level students of color to find community, develop a sense of belonging and receive academic support, resources, and advisement. 

For more information about L.E.A.D please contact [email protected] with subject line LEAD Program Information request. 

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship

Mission 

The DFI Fellowship Program’s goal is to increase the number of minoritized full-time tenure track faculty and staff at colleges and universities in Illinois. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Admission 

Applicants must be admitted to a Master’s or Doctoral program at Adler at the time of application. If awarded, the applicant must enroll as a full-time student (12 hours). DFI Fellowship Program Applications must be submitted to [email protected] 

The 2022-2023 application should be available in January 2022. Be on the lookout for a message from our Center.  

Illinois Residency 

To be classified as an Illinois resident, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution in Illinois or received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution outside of Illinois and has lived in Illinois for a period of at least three years prior to applying for a grant. 

Underrepresented Groups 

African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. “Traditionally underrepresented minority group” means any of the minority groups designated in the Act which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the percentage of the minority group’s representation in the total Illinois population. The Illinois Board of Higher Education shall determine annually which groups are underrepresented based upon census data and annual graduate enrollment reports from Illinois institutions of higher education. 

Academic Ability 

  • Applicants must possess above-average academic ability as evidenced by: 
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
    A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (scale 4.0 = A) in the last sixty hours of undergraduate work or over a 3.2 (scale 4.0 = A) in at least 9 hours of graduate study; 
  • Unconditional admission to a master’s or doctoral degree program at Adler 

Academic Pursuit 

Applicants in all academic disciplines are eligible. Applicants must be pursuing a doctorate or master’s degree. Applicants must plan on pursuing a career in teaching or administration at an Illinois post-secondary institution or Illinois higher education governing board. 

Financial Need 

Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must have a financial need of at least $10,000 for eligibility.  Please complete the Federal Applications for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each year to maintain eligibility. Information regarding the student’s Total Direct Expenses minus the Expected Family Contribution [EFC] determines financial need [Need].  

Terms of the Award 

Upon graduation or separation from the DFI institution, an award recipient must agree to actively seek and accept when offered a teaching or non-teaching full-time appointment at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution or accept a position as an employee of this state in an administrative, educational-related position equal to the number of years for which he or she receives the DFI fellowship. Students failing to fulfill this condition of the award shall be required to repay 20 percent of their cumulative award amount, subject to revision by the DFI Program Board. 

The DFI Award is available for a maximum of four years: 

Doctorate Degree – Four (4) Years
Master Degree – Two (2) Years
Master’s degree holders funded through DFI are eligible to apply for additional years of support for doctoral study; total DFI funding is not to exceed four years 

Contact: 

DFI Fellowship Program Institutional Representative, Melissa Moore, [email protected]  

In addition to the programs listed here, we can also customize programs on a needs basis.

Inclusive Pedagogy

Inclusive Pedagogy

Adler University promotes the development and maintenance of inclusive, socially just pedagogy as part of its commitment to graduating socially responsible practitioners. To this end, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers numerous opportunities and resources for learning, practicing, and gaining feedback on inclusive pedagogy.  

Workshops, teaching circles, and other training for faculty are developed to meet faculty members’, departmental, academic program, and campus goals. Resources – such as the Inclusive Pedagogy Website – are collaboratively created with partners like Disabilities Services and the Library to provide self-paced guidance and ready to access suggestions for inclusive teaching practice. 

The Director for Inclusive Teaching Excellence, Cheryl Richardson, also provides observations, conversations, and consultations on inclusive, antiracist, and/or social justice teaching, creating a welcoming syllabus, equitably engaging and assessing students, universal design for learning, and other teaching concerns. 

What is inclusive, socially just framework for teaching? 

Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity as an asset to student learning and designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students. 

Adler University’s mandate to nurture socially responsible practitioners means that fostering talent in all students adds an orientation towards social justice. Inclusive, socially just teaching therefore builds on our understanding of inclusive teaching because it requires a recognition of socially oppressive barriers and a commitment to dismantling them. 

 An inclusive, socially just educator thus understands how learning works and the fundamentals of their discipline, embraces diversity, designs courses that address the needs of students who are historically and continuously marginalized in higher education, actively challenges the processes and structures of oppression that have shaped our institutions of learning, and prepares students to challenge these systems in the world. 

Educators aim to correct historical and contemporary inequality in educational practices by destabilizing power, bias, and privilege in the classroom. They intentionally create structures that integrate marginalized experiences and knowledge and interrogate inequality with students. Both educator and students act as equal agents of social change. 

Why is this kind of teaching important? 

Inclusive, socially just teaching responds to moral, civil, and learning imperatives. 

It is morally justified to work to eradicate educational structures and processes that reified hierarchies of human value. Higher education normalizes white, cis-male, heterosexist, middle and upper class, ableist ways of being in its approaches to student engagement, assessment of learning, and evaluation of knowledge claims. Inclusive teaching with a social justice lens works against this tendency. 

Our civil society and classrooms are composed of various groups of people who once had no voice in our democracy or status in our schools. Current students are more racially, ethnically, and gender diverse and have more diagnosed disabilities than ever before, and they deserve adequate engagement and excellent opportunities to learn. Inclusive teaching embraces this diversity and uses it to help student thrive. 

Intentional inclusion improves learning by improving students’ sense of belonging as well as increasing innovative thinking and cognitive complexity. 

What does inclusive, socially just teaching at Adler University look like? 

Our educators cultivate a respectful classroom climate that engages student diversity, challenges problems, and dismantles known barriers to student learning. Our faculty regularly: 

  • Practice self-awareness, humility, and ongoing reflection;
  •  Carefully apply inclusive teaching tenets; 
  • Actively seek opportunities for increased accessibility; 
  • Create intentional interactions that are informed by the requirements of social justice pedagogy; 
  • Effectively assess student learning and the classroom environment 
Activities and Events

December

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

 

Inclusive & Equitable Teaching – Promoting Challenging Conversations, with Cheryl Richardson (Faculty)

When: December 14, 4:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT
RSVP Here

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.

Religious & Cultural Holidays
  • Hanukkah  – Jewish holiday: November 28 – December 6
  • Bodhi Day – Buddhist holiday: December 8
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic holiday: December 12
  • Winter Solstice – Northern Hemisphere: December 21
  • Christmas – Christian holiday: December 25
    Christmas day is a public holiday in the United States and Canada.
  • Kwanzaa – Interfaith/African American holiday: December 26 – January 1
Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (U.S./CA)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all areas of society and development, while increasing broad awareness of the political, social, economic, and cultural lives of this group of people.

December 10 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.S.)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights document was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, universally protecting fundamental human rights, as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.

January

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Inclusive and Equitable Teaching: Promoting Challenging Conversations, with Cheryl R. Richardson (Faculty)

When: January 25, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT

Please register here.

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.

Religious & Cultural Holidays
Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day  (U.S.)
This day is an observance of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to achieving equality for all people. It is also designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer and improve their communities.

January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
This United Nations designated day commemorates the six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Nazism between 1941 and 1945. In addition, this day focuses on a commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.

February

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Please check the Black History Month events page to learn more and register. Click Here.

 


Common Hour: Queer Black Healthcare: What’s Missing? With Ericka Hart (Students, Faculty, and Staff)

In honor of Black History Month, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted the Chicago Virtual Common Hour event, Queer Black Health Care: What’s Missing? With kinky poly, cancer-warrior, activist, and sexually educator Ericka Hart.

Facilitated by Dr. Jenae Thompson, we engaged the Adler community in conversation regarding issues relating to Queer Black community Health Care, acknowledging community pain, and ways to engage in advocacy during the pandemic.

 


Universal Design for Learning Workshop, with Luis Perez (Primarily for Faculty)

When: February 22, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

Please register here.

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.

Religious & Cultural Holidays
Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

February 1 – 28   Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual observance, created to bring attention to the contributions of Blacks, in the United States. It focuses on and honors Black people from every period of U. S. history, highlighting their perseverance, experiences, and accomplishments. It has received official recognition from the United States and Canadian governments and has recently been observed in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

March

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Interrogating Whiteness in University Teaching, with Chayla Haynes Davison (Required DEI Faculty Training)

When: March 22, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CT / 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. PT

Register here.


Let’s Talk Teaching (Drop-in informal teaching discussions.) (Faculty)

When: March 24, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

Join here.

 


For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color

Join the Center for a conversation with author, Latinx activist, and founder of Latina Rebels, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez. Facilitated by Michelle Tiwade, we will discuss her new book For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color. Free copy of Prisca’s book to the first 20 virtual attendees.*

When: March 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Join here.

 


Check out our new Diversity and Inclusion Resources.

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.


Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) and Leading With Excellence Achievement and Diversity (LEAD)

The Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) and Leading with Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) are programs sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and provide excellent opportunities for students of color to find community, develop a sense of belonging, and receive academic support, resources, and advisement. We encourage students interested in participating to contact the following peer leaders:

Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) – For first-year Psy.D. students: Muneet Malhi

Leading With Excellence Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) – For first-year Master’s students: Chelci Oliver

Diversity Leadership Program Mentors, Dreanna Curry, Muneet Mahli, and Aveen Sharma, provided an overview of DLP for first- and second-year Psy.D. students. They also discussed practicum sites, what students can expect from practicum, and how to make the most of their experience.

Religious & Cultural Holidays
Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

March 1-31  – Women’s History Month (U.S.)
Women’s History Month is an annual observance dedicated to recognizing the contributions women have made to United States history. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the first National Women’s History Week, which coincided with International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th since 1909. The National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March in 1986.

March 31  – International Transgender Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual day that focuses on celebrating transgender people, honoring their contributions to society, and raising awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. In response to the lack of recognition of living transgender people, Rachel Crandall founded this day in 2009. President Joseph Biden, officially proclaimed March 31st, 2021, as Transgender Day of Visibility, stating, “I call upon all Americans to join in the fight for full equality for all transgender people.” A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021 | The White House

April

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Staff Training: Unpacking Power and Privilege, with Dr. Cheryl Richardson and Melissa Moore (Staff)

When: April 6, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

Join Here


Check out our new Diversity and Inclusion Resources.

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.

Religious & Cultural Holidays
Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

April 22Earth Day (International)
Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970. It is globally celebrated to highlight efforts to protect the planet from pollution and deforestation and call attention to rapid climate change. Earthday.org coordinates a wide range of global events from picking up litter, planting trees, protest, and proposing legislation, all to ensure our world is a healthier place to live.

April 24 – May 1 – Days of Remembrance and
April 27 – 28 – Yom HaShoah
Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, an annual eight-day period designated by the United States Congress, is time set aside for Americans to mourn victims of the Holocaust and draw lessons that can prevent such atrocities in the future. The commemoration begins the Sunday before Yom HaShoah and ends the following Sunday. Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemorates the six million Jews and five million others who died as a result of Nazism. The day also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, thereby honoring Jewish resistance of the period. In 2022, it begins at sundown April 27 and ends at nightfall on April 28.

* Note: January 27, is the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates victims of the Holocaust and falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Camp. 

May

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Exploring Elements of Diversity Among Jewish Populations (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Adler Jewish Association and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion)

When: May 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT

Join Here


#Whatshappeningin Webinar event – Myanmar. The Spring Revolution: Myanmar’s “New” Unity in Diversity (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

Join Here


#Whatshappeningin Webinar event – Thailand. What is the Milk Tea Alliance? Thailand and the Pan Pacific democracy movement (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 17, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

Join Here


Bat soup: Social media regulation and the “free speech” conundrum (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 18, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

Zoom Meeting ID: 341 614 1368


First Step to Mindfulness – Thich Nhat Hanh’s philosophy & meditation workshop (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT

Join Here


#Whatshappeningin Webinar event – Hong Kong. From the Tiananmen Massacre to the Revolution of our Times – the past and ongoing suppression of China to Hong Kong’s democracy (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 25, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

Join Here


#Whatshappeningin Webinar event – Tibet. The self-immolation of the Tibetan Pop-Star, Tsewang Norbu – the long fight for Tibetan freedom and independence (Faculty/Students/Staff)

(Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Adler Student Association)

When: May 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

Join Here


Check out our new Diversity and Inclusion Resources.

 


Affinity Groups

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering the opportunity for faculty and staff, to create Affinity Groups here at Adler.

For more information:

If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, apply here.

Religious & Cultural Holidays

*Ramadan is a time of strict fasting, extensive charitable giving, and increased prayer. Please see Student Affairs to locate prayer spaces on the Chicago and Vancouver campuses.

Heritage Months & Commemorative Days

May 1 – 31Jewish American Heritage Month (U.S.)
Jewish American Heritage month is an annual celebration recognizing American Jews’ contributions and achievements to the United States. The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia repositioned Jewish American Heritage Month to celebrate and educate public audiences on the history of Jewish culture in America, sparking important conversations about the present and future of American Jewish people.

May 1 – 31Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month / AAPI Heritage Month (U.S.)
An annual celebration recognizing the historical and cultural contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States, including science, medicine, literature, art, sports, recreation, government, politics, activism, and law. AAPI includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

May 1 – May 31 – Mental Health Awareness Month (U.S./Canada)
Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues, helping to reduce the stigma many people experience. This awareness sheds light on of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. This acknowledgement sheds light on the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives.

May 5 – RED Dress Day (Canada)
May 5 is Red Dress Day, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-spirited Individuals. Artist Jaime Black inspired the REDress Project, an installation in public spaces throughout Canada and the United States. This project is based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue, providing a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us.

May 20 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Global Accessibility Awareness Day, (GAAD) launched in May 2012, and was inspired by Joe Devon, a web developer, and Jennison Asuncion, an accessibility professional. This is a day of awareness focusing on digital access and inclusion for more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. This acknowledgement sheds light on the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Kyra Lobbins, M.B.A. – Chief of Staff / Interim Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion 

[email protected]  

Cheryl Richardson, Ph.D. – Director for Inclusive Teaching Excellence 

[email protected]  

Melissa Moore, M.S. Ed. – Program Manager 

[email protected]  

Felicia Elliott – Executive Assistant  

[email protected] 

 

Interested in being a student worker for the Center?  Email [email protected] for more information. 

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