Facilitating Culturally Inclusive Meetings
On May 20, 2020. Bridget Kelly, associate professor of student affairs at the University of Maryland, led a professional development workshop on “Facilitating Culturally Inclusive Meetings.” Kelly emphasized the importance of brave and safe spaces to facilitate these meetings. Brave spaces invite those who may not agree to voice their needs and experiences, while safe spaces establish trust when there is dissent.
Safety, Productivity and Stress: Managing Work, Self and Family in a Pandemic
Savitri Dixon-Saxon, vice provost for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Walden University, led the discussion May 26, 2020 on “Safety, Productivity and Stress: Managing Work, Self and Family in a Pandemic.” Dixon-Saxon acknowledged both the advantages and disadvantages of working from home as a result of the pandemic and reminded workshop participants that these are unusual circumstances for everyone. She suggested establishing healthy work from home boundaries, communicating frequently with your supervisors and or employees, and focusing on physical and mental wellness.
The Identities Beyond Athlete
“The Identities Beyond Athlete,” held June 3, 2020, led by Niya Blair Hackworth, director of inclusion in the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, aimed to bring awareness to the realities and lived experiences of student-athletes, help participants understand the multiple identities that student-athletes hold, learn how COVID-19 has impacted these students, and identify resources and tools to foster community and offer support to these students.
ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration
ADA 30th Anniversary Keynote Speaker Lex Gillette: No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision
Motivational speaker Lex Gillette is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-time long jump world champion and an 18-time national champion. Gillette is the only totally blind athlete to ever eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump.
Navigating Legal Protections for Assistance Animals
Service and emotional support animals provide important therapeutic benefit and physical assistance to persons with disabilities. Often though, there is uncertainty about the varying degrees of legal protection afforded to them. Not all assistance animals are equally protected under law. When can someone be accompanied by their assistance animal in public places? Are assistance animals really different from pets? Can employers ban assistance animals at work? We will answer these and related questions during a workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will explore the differences between emotional support animals and service animals both at home and at work. This event is presented by Disability Rights NC.
Expanding Diversity and Inclusion to Include Equity and Access
John Samuel is the chief innovation architect at LCI Tech, a North Carolina-based firm that is one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind. Samuel’s passion for inclusion is rooted in the fact that he is a blind entrepreneur, advocate and public speaker who’s committed to creating opportunities by eliminating accessibility barriers. Samuel will share his story and talk about why it is important that we continue to remove barriers that are limiting people with disabilities.
Disability and Identities
In this virtual workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will explore how disabilities can have very different impacts on individuals based on the intersectional identities they hold. We will also discuss ways in which we can advocate for individuals to be successful while here at NC State.
ADA Training for Supervisors
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations so that employees with disabilities can enjoy the “benefits and privileges of employment” equal to those enjoyed by similarly situated employees without disabilities. The accommodations process at NC State is interactive and involves supervisors. Join us for a workshop in which you can learn more about the interactive process from the supervisor’s perspective.
ADA Law Past and Present
In the three decades since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, courts have decided many landmark ADA cases that have impacted the application of the law’s legal protections for individuals with disabilities. This webinar will review U.S. Supreme Court and other key court cases and consider what issues the courts may take up next.