Dr. Davi Kallman is the Director of Access Services at Tacoma Community College (T.C.C.). Previously, she worked as Assistant Director, Access Advisor, and Awareness Coordinator for the Washington State University (W.S.U.) Access Center. While at W.S.U., she used disability awareness programming to help normalize disability across the W.S.U. system.
She received her Ph.D. in Health Communication from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at W.S.U. and her master’s in communication theory from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Kallman uses media literacy and other media-based interventions to break down prejudices and stereotypes in institutional settings. As the incoming Program Director of Access Services at Tacoma Community College, she applies her research on disability in higher education to help students get the accommodations they need and deserve. Kallman also serves as TCC’s 504/A.D.A. Coordinator. In this role she works with T.C.C. students, faculty, and staff to ensure that student disability rights are upheld.
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 (U.T.E.P.) 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 (A.D.D.) a student-driven disability advocacy organization focused on providing scholarships for university students with disabilities.
Honored as U.T.E.P.’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 U.T.E.P. and received the U.T.E..P 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 Lakewood, Washington with her four cats, Mozzy, PomPom, Ash, and Leeloo and Bullmastiff puppy, Josie. Go Titans!