Community Engagement

If You Embrace Diversity But Ignore Disability You’re Doing It Wrong

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Zoom Webinar
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Disability is inherently diverse-it is a category that includes people from every gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic level. It is not just a condition that needs accommodations but an identity that includes possessing a positive sense of self and feelings of connection to, or solidarity with, the disability community. Too often it is addressed as simply a need to be fixed and is left out of the diversity and inclusion discussion. 

To ensure inclusion at CSUN, we need to develop a culture of inclusion that fully embraces all students, faculty, and staff with and without disabilities. Join us in a presentation by Rebecca Cokely, and Syreeta Nolan.

Rebecca was an advisor on diversity and inclusion for the Obama Administration and a three-time Presidential Appointee to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, she is a program officer in the President’s Office, developing the U.S. disability rights program strategy, the first of its kind at the Ford Foundation. 

Syreeta Nolan is a Disability Justice advocate and student at UC San Diego. She is the founder of JADE (Justice, Advocacy and Disability Education,) a holistic disabled justice platform focused on empowering disabled students, faculty, staff, and alumni through community and support.  We will conclude our event with a panel of CSUN students, staff, and faculty sharing their experiences being disabled on our campus.