Davi Kallman is a graduate student at the Washington State University and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Communication at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. She was recently hired as an Access Advisor at WSU where she advocates for students with disabilities and administers reasonable accommodations. As part of this position, she also serves as the Awareness Coordinator and helps to coordinate and deliver disability awareness events and resources to the WSU community.
In Spring of 2020 Davi received the WSU PResident’s Staff Leadership Award . She also many other awards for her advocacy and teaching efforts including the the GPSA Graduate Assistant of the year award in 2019, the 2018 Graduate Women of Distinction award, the 2017 Association for Faculty Women’s Harriet B. Rigas Award, the WSU Presidential Student Leadership Award in 2015, and was also a recipient of the GPSA Student Instructor of the year award for Fall 2014. Her current research focuses on the power of the media to change people’s perceptions of individuals with disabilities. Kallman uses positive deviance, entertainment education, media literacy, and other media-based interventions to break down prejudices and stereotypes in institutional settings.
Kallman, who is herself dyslexic, does not hesitate to challenge the status quo. She established the Disabled Student Services Task Force through the Student Government Association at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to increase awareness of the needs of students with both obvious and “hidden” disabilities, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Appreciation of Diverse Dispositions (ADD) a student driven disability advocacy organization focused on providing scholarships for university students with disabilities. Honored as UTEP’s Department of Communication’s Outstanding Student of the Year and the recipient of numerous other awards for academic excellence and service to her community. In May 2012 she received her master’s degree in Communication Theory from UTEP and received the UTEP Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student award 2011-2012 for her dedication to her students and her implementation of liberating structures in the classroom.
She lives in Pullman, Washington with her husband Kyle and their four cats, Mozzy, PomPom, Ash, and Leeloo.