Barbara Mullen, OLS Instructor and Student Life Coordinator presented at the Western Regional Council of Black American Affairs with a presentation called:
African American Students with Disabilities in Higher Education & Kujichagulia: Principals of Self-Determination
The session focused on helping African American students with disabilities disclose their disability, advocate for themselves via their campus DRC (disability resource center) and provide tangible strategies to educators to help students practice being self-determined thinkers. This was a valuable session for education professionals because AA students with documented disabilities tend to lack the advocacy skills needed to access campus resources. Advocating for their needs to all campus staff is paramount to their success in higher education. All faculty and staff (even those who are not in advising) should know common language to assist students of color with disabilities with becoming more self-determined thinkers and achievers. Given the statistical prevalence of student of color being identified with having a cognitive disability within the last ten years; this population will be entering institutions of higher education in large numbers (NLST,2005). Many will not receive the support they need. This workshop helped higher education professionals who interface with those students support them and taught them how to be self-determined and self-advocates.
about the event here.