Upcoming events

Disability Justice

An Accessibility Ambassadors event

Angela Carter and Katie Loop’s presentation on Academic Ableism in December was so popular, they are both back again this month. During this webinar, participants will be introduced to the history, foundational framework, and principles of Disability Justice, a framework for social justice examining disability and ableism as they relate to other forms of oppression and identity such as race, class, and gender. Participants will also be invited to examine their role in Disability Justice and increasing access for all.

Angela Carter is the co-founder of the Critical Disability Studies Collective and is currently the Pedagogy Specialist with Minnesota Transform. Her Ph.D. research and teaching areas of focus include feminist and queer disability studies, mental health, critical pedagogy, and U.S. cultural studies. Angela is a first-generation, multiply-disabled, queer educator-scholar.

Katie Loop is the program specialist for CEHD America Reads, a literacy-based tutoring program at the University that partners with community sites across the Twin Cities to provide accessible and free tutoring. Additionally, they are an OED facilitator on topics such as addressing implicit bias in the search and selection processes, identifying and creating accessibility and equity during the hiring process, removing barriers and creating access, and ableism and disability justice. Katie is also a queer disabled educator.

Date: January 26, 2023
Time: noon to 1:00 pm CST
Where: Online
Register: Webinar registration (Registration required)

Access Information:

By default, we enable auto-captioning in the webinar. Please let us know what additional accommodations we can provide. Two weeks notice (January 12) will help us to better fulfill requests. This session will be recorded, captioned, and shared with the Google Group.

Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program

With the Center for Education and Innovation (CEI 475)

Concerns about accessibility and inclusion often felt complicated before COVID-19. 

As we approach the three year anniversary of the “pandemic pivot,” these same questions can seem even more complex. Drawing from various justice-oriented pedagogies (e.g. anti-racism, asset-based, critical), The Teaching with Access and Inclusion (TAI) Series presents both critical frameworks and practical strategies toward creating more equitable educational experiences for all. 

Participants will be able to enact the University of Minnesota’s systemwide strategic plan MPact 2025 commitment to fostering community and belonging by:

  • Recognizing access barriers and other obstacles to engagement for marginalized students, and integrating support processes for formal accommodations and informal accessibility.  
  • Examining the role educators can play in strengthening a sense of belonging for people with disabilities (including mental illness, chronic illness, and neurodivergence) on our campuses. 
  • Exploring course designs processes and classroom teaching practices that support student — and instructor / staff — wellbeing.
  • Developing strategies for identifying and challenging ableism within higher education.

Dates: February 2, 9, 16, and 23 
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm CST
Where: Online 
Enroll: through Center for Educational Innovation 

Access Information: 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation ([email protected]) to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, real-time captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) 

Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance so that CEI can coordinate support with the Disability Resource Center (Twin-Cities). Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

If you have questions about the Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program, please contact Angela Carter, [email protected] 

Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium

The Queer and Trans* Ecologies Interdisciplinary Initiative spans the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to explore questions in the fields of queer and trans* ecologies about new embodiments and social relations in the Anthropocene. The project was initiated with an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Grant at the University of Minnesota, lead by Professor Erin L. Durban.

We are planning a dynamic, multi-day symposium on the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities campus on March 23 to 25, 2023. 

The symposium is cosponsored by the UMN Institute for Advanced Study, Critical Disability Studies Collective, Imagine Fund, Department of Anthropology, RIDGS (Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Department of Geography, Environmental Humanities Initiative, and Department of English.

Dates: March 23 to 25, 2023
Website: https://queerandtransecologies.com/
Where: Twin Cities Campus
Contact: [email protected]

Stay tuned for the full schedule and accessibility information!

Image description: Queer & Trans* Ecologies Symposium. MARCH 23 to 25, 2023. Eli Clare, Sandor Katz, Abraham Weil, Carly Thomsen, Heather Davis, Queer Ecologies Hanky Project, Mel Y. Chen, Eva Hayward, Lorena Munoz, Erin L. Durban, Corinne Teed, Jennifer Row, Michelle Murphy, Patricia Kaishian, Martin Manalansan, Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Cleo Wolfle Hazard, Juno Salazar Parrenas, Anahi Russo-Garrido, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Dylan McCarthy Blackston. Panels, Art Exhibit, Workshops, Fermentation, Dance Party. University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop. www.queerandtransecologies.com. email: [email protected] A green circle floats in front of a darkish-green to blueish background. [End ID]

Queer & Trans* Ecologies Symposium