A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Disability employee affinity group is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, at noon CT. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Those who identify as disabled persons, the parents of disabled children, other family members, caregivers and friends are encouraged to attend. Staff and faculty members who attended the interest meeting last spring also are encouraged to join and reenergize this effort.
The meeting is open to all Vanderbilt employees, including staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars, regardless of identity.
The goal of the listening session is to gather input, ask questions and offer suggestions about how a Disability employee affinity group can best serve the Vanderbilt community, including creating programming for disabled persons and their families.
The listening session will be facilitated by:
- Rachel Schles, assistant professor of the practice of special education and coordinator of the Visual Disabilities Program, Department of Special Education;
- Isabelle Crist, assistant director of the Global Education Office;
- Anita Jenious, director of Equal Opportunity and Access;
- Jamie Bojarski, director of the Student Access Office; and
- Alyssa Aloyo, program manager in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
This event is part of a university initiative to create employee affinity groups supported by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Human Resources. Other groups in the initiative include the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff, the LGBTQIA+ affinity group, the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander affinity group, Single Parents, and the Golden Dores (50+ age group).