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1 Promoting Disability and Social Justice: Campus Initiatives that Inspire Change Linda Wolford, MS Kristen Langer, MSW, LICSW Cynthia Fuller, PhD, LP AHEAD Conference July 14, 2011

2 Our Initiatives Social Justice Student Leadership Retreat (SJLR) on Mental Health Day of Exploration (DOE): Disability Obvious or Invisible Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF)

3 Learning Objectives Acquire examples of social justice partnerships Identify potential campus partnerships Develop strategies for fostering relationships with campus partners Leave with ideas for collaborative programming on your campus

4 SJLR: Goals and Objectives Create safe space for students and staff to share experiences and ideas for campus Take time for people to get to know each other Provide some education about stigma, ally building, etc. Develop ideas for campus activity(ies) Create community to facilitate future action

5 SJLR 18 students 5 staff, 4 ASL interpreters 2 days Ice breaker and setting expectations Activities, film, and community building discussions Sharing personal stories about mental health Brainstorming what is needed on campus

6 SJLR: Outcomes and Feedback “One of my favorite college experiences… learned more in 2 days than almost any other time” “I learn the most from all the life stories” “allowed me to think even more critically about my role in the social justice world” “discussion and information were very effective… we even had plans to put our ideas into action on campus”

7 SJLR: Outcomes and Feedback Photo of university staff and students on front lawn of student union. Eleven hundred backpacks, representing the number of suicides on college campuses each year, are scattered on the lawn. People are wearing T-shirts that say ‘I am a mental health advocate because…’

8 SJLR: Outcomes and Feedback Wide angle photo of 1100 backpacks, representing the number of suicides on college campuses each year, scattered on the lawn

9 Day of Exploration Image of Disabled Student Cultural Center’s logo, which says DSCC. Why be normal, 203 Coffman Union, Blue and yellow color splotches, and universal symbol of access in green and red dots.

10 DOE: Goals and Objectives Invite participants to share stories of impact of disability in their lives Facilitate awareness of different kinds of disabilities Create opportunities to hear each other’s stories and make new connections Create climate where ally behavior is valued Create change at UM to build more welcoming environment for PWD

11 DOE 18 participants: 7 staff, 12 students Disabilities represented included CP, ASD, spinal muscular atrophy, deafness, mental health, systemic, and allies Storytelling of 15 minutes by each participant Transcript done by graduate student Funded primarily through Coke Grant

12 DOE: Outcomes Barriers for blind/low vision were identified and addressed by DS A support group for ASD was formed Training for faculty and staff about disability needs Collaboratively sponsored major campus event featuring disabled performer Barriers for employees with disabilities were identified

13 Social Justice Film Festival Image of poster for Social Justice Film Festival, 2 spotlights illuminate text and movie theater audience, colors are red, yellow, black, and grey.

14 SJFF: Goals and Objectives Help students dialogue with each other around social justice issues through film Provide a better understanding of resources on campus Bring awareness to social justice issues we all encounter on campus

15 Welcome Week SJFF: Outcomes and Feedback students attended Fall 2010 Exposure to many kinds of diversity through wide variety of films Participants expressed appreciation for films Increased awareness of pre-ADA issues

16 SJFF: Outcomes and Feedback SJ Film Festival-100 students Provided continued engagement for SJ communities Recognized the importance of building alliances Developed and strengthened leadership skills

17 Campus Partners Student organizations Housing and Residential Life Counseling Center Health Services GLBTA Programs Office Aurora Center for Violence Prevention Coalition for a Respectful U Women’s Center University Libraries Disability Services

18 Collaborative Programming Potential partners on and off campus Possible initiatives Desired outcomes

19 Contact information Linda Wolford, 612- Kristen Langer, 612- Cynthia Fuller, 612-


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