• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Shifting the Vision of Accessibility Support in Higher Ed

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 1:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 7  

Accessibility is both an imperative and an evolving journey in higher education. But how do you get faculty buy-in? Founded in 2019 by Cal Poly Pomona's Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE), the Champions for Accessibility & Inclusivity (CHAI) program appoints one faculty liaison per year from each of our eight colleges as Accessibility Champions. Working with CAFE, our Champions improve the accessibility of their own courses and serve as a model for their colleagues, sharing best practices through workshops and outreach.

Learn about our institution's initial approach to accessibility compliance and CHAI's subsequent impact, including live testimonials and recommendations from two of our previous Accessibility Champions. We will share CHAI's strengths, challenges, and its role in supporting faculty amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic and transition from Blackboard to Canvas.

For us, CHAI embodies the values of equity and inclusivity, and the belief that education is a fundamental human right. CHAI is not just about compliance; we aim to foster a culture of empathy, recognize faculty who do the work, create a supportive network across the institution, and strengthen our university's commitment to providing a high-quality education for all. We hope that CHAI may also serve as a model for other institutions that strive to make education more inclusive.

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Higher Education
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
How do you get faculty buy-in? Learn about Cal Poly Pomona's faculty liaison program, Champions for Accessibility & Inclusivity (CHAI), through which best practices are shared and community is fostered as we strive to make education more inclusive.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
Digital Accessibility  
Session Type
General Track  


  • Eric Davis
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Ann Loomis
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Maha Ghosn
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Zahra Sotoudeh
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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