Disability Pride and Culture in Higher Ed and the Workplace

Date, Time, and Format

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Virtual Event (Zoom Registration Form Coming Soon)

    Event Description

    In honor of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990, Disability Pride Month is celebrated each July to highlight disabled ways of being, knowing, and thriving in the past, present, and future. Disability Pride Month serves as an opportunity for organizations to celebrate disability culture, draw attention to the expertise and lived experience of disabled individuals, raise awareness around ableism – intentional or unintentional discrimination or prejudice against disabled people - and engage non-disabled individuals in thoughtful and meaningful dialogue around disability and ableism.

    Disability Pride Month and the opportunities it presents challenge us to find ways to change ableist-based perspectives on disability and spotlight disability pride, emerging disability communities such as Disability Cultural Centers at colleges and universities, authentic and real disabled representation in media such as "As We See It," and disabled-authored works such as Care Work, Demystifying Disability, and Disability Visibility. In higher education, recent works such as Academic Ableism have challenged those of us working in higher education to consciously recognize and resist ableism in our institutions.

    Join Senior Vice President Lisa Calise as she facilitates a conversation with Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson (they/them) and Jeff Edelstein (he/they) about why disability identity and culture matter and how to incorporate disability identity and culture into the workplace.

    Topics to be discussed:
    1. Person-first (person with a disability) and identity-first language (disabled person); understanding both language preferences in the workplace 
    2. Ableism's impact in the workplace 
    3. Understanding of disability identity, Disability Cultural Centers (DCCs), and affinity group roles 
    4. Ways to amplify disabled voices in the workplace 
    5. Takeaways for being in allyship


    This event will include Closed Captions, a Transcript, and American Sign Language (ASL). The captions and transcript will be provided through a certified CART provider to ensure accurate translation of the spoken text is provided. Additional accommodation requests can be submitted when registering for the event.

    Guest Speakers

    A white, masculine-presenting individual with a brown beard that covers the majority of their face is dressed in a suit and tie and smiles at the camera. They are located in a hallway within the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Jeff Edelstein

    Research Data Coordinator for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), UMass Boston 

    Pronouns: He/They 

    Color photo of liz indoors with shaved black hair, black eyes, and thick charcoal rimmed glasses. They're wearing a lightweight tunic top that is beige with a black block pattern with a wide v-neck showing their textured darkened skin.

    Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson, PhD

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs, University of Minnesota Morris

    Pronouns: They/Them