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Spring 2019 Public Dialogue Photos

April 12, 2019

The Spring 2019 Semester in Dialogue cohort hosted a public dialogue that encourages conversations about ability on college and university campuses on Monday, April 1st called What Aren't We Hearing? The Ambiguity of Ability.

This final dialogue aimed to give voice to people with visible and invisible disabilities who are experiencing barriers within colleges and universities. It got participants to start thinking about barriers that exist within the process of seeking accommodations and what an accommodating system could look like.

Ruby Francis, the event's first speaker, shared her experience accessing accommodations at multiple universities after experiencing anxiety and sustaining multiple concussions.

Shem Nashat, our second speaker, talked about struggling with clinical depression and anxiety and the experience she has had navigating through college. Her story tells of many different barriers such as doctors notes, diagnoses', and the lack of understanding of what accommodations are available to students.

Michelle Rogers, our last speaker, is a blogger, activist and plus-size model. She has been featured in outlets such as the TODAY Show, Yahoo and more. Michelle shared her story on living with a learning disability as well as her passion about student advocacy work.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped make the event a success, and thank you to the amazing speakers and the Semester students and faculty who organized this dialogue.

Check out the slideshow of photos from the event!

Photo credit: Stanley Munyaradzi Rashai.

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