As an organization, the CDSC focuses it’s endeavors into year long efforts called “initiatives.”

Refusing Disposability: Racial and Disability Justice Toward Another World

This initiative aims to further the interrogation of, and resistance to, the causes and consequences of disposability. Thinking alongside disability and racial justice activists, our three-year interdisciplinary workshop examines intersectional analyses, public histories, and transformative praxis as a form of counter-knowledge that contends that #NoBodyIsDisposable. 

Research and writing

The Research and Writing (R/W) initiative is the newest CDSC endeavor. The R/W initiative aims to bring together scholars invested in developing critical disability research methodologies and writing practices. As a group participants are invited to read, write, revise, research, and learn together.

Critical Disability Studies Program-Building

This initiative is focused on building a CDC program at the University of Minnesota, such as connecting with affiliates, working on building the curriculum for an undergraduate minor, and creating support for the program through collaboration with advocates such as the Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies.