Creating a Community of Inclusion: Actions for Accessibility Allyship
Tuesday, April 13, 12 - 1 p.m.
Registration for this event is closed. Those joining in late can use this link for access.
There are many ways that YOU can be an Ally to your marginalized students and peers and help create a sense of belonging for everyone.
During this hour-long session, attendees will learn methods and practices to create a more welcoming environment for individuals with accessibility needs from Dr. Megan Aanstoos, a national leader working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes how to build accessibility into campus operations – from classroom lessons to research and community engagement. Discussion will also include tips on how to empower faculty, students and staff, build better environments, and continue the hard conversations without increasing the burden on affected individuals.
Becoming an effective Ally starts with a desire to help and this session will provide you with the confidence you need to put that desire into action.
Dr. Megan Aanstoos
Aanstoos, a licensing and new ventures manager for Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), is a strong advocate for equity, accessibility, and bringing awareness of different needs to light, so people can form closer, stronger connections and improve communication and social engagement. At KCV, she coordinates outreach education on matters related to assessing, managing, and licensing intellectual property developed at KCV partner institutions across Kentucky. In addition, she serves as the Chair for AUTM's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and as a member of the United States Patent and Trade Office's National Council for Expanding American Innovation working group to increase representation of innovators on AUTM's behalf.