Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time
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How do you avoid the “aw shucks” moment when a disability accommodation email pops up for your international exchange experience? Join us as we explore the conversations and best practices to build inclusion of disability as an essential dimension of diversity on your campus. Situating intersecting identities of students, we will provide practitioners with conversation starters for their campuses to recognize, that disability is diversity TOO!
Lamont Sellers, MA, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Lamont Sellers has served as Director of the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, since July 2020. Prior to joining AppState, he served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Diversity and Community and Executive Diversity Officer at the University of South Dakota. Sellers was featured at TEDx USD in September 2018 with his talk “Diversity & Inclusion: Talking Change, Making Change.” He has served in DEI spaces at the University of Denver, Misericordia University, Regent University, University of South Dakota, and Appalachian State University during his 20-year career in higher education. With degrees from Shaw University (BA, Secondary Mathematics Education), University of Denver (MA, Higher Education Administration), and University of South Dakota (EdD, Educational Leadership: Adult & Higher Education) and numerous certifications, Sellers has been working to educate and continue the conversations that lead to justice, liberation, and change.
Johileny Merán, MA,
National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, Mobility International USA (MIUSA), Eugene, OR
Johileny is a Program Coordinator with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, working to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange. As an intern with the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD), Johileny worked at the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency response and preparedness. A Dominican immigrant and native Spanish speaker, Johileny has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Public Health with a minor in Disability Studies from New York University (NYU), having been motivated to pursue an international disability rights career after experiencing “accessibility shock” during a visit to her home country. She studied abroad at NYU London, England as a Global Equity Fellow, where she was tasked with improving resources for diversity, equity,
and inclusion. Based on this experience, Johileny created a “London Access Culture Guide ” to inform students with disabilities how access in London compared to NYC. Johileny enjoys adaptive sports like indoor rock climbing, scuba diving, sled (ice) hockey, and writing poetry.
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