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. Last year, she was appointed as the ADVANCE at WSU’s Graduate Assistant housed out of the Provost’s Office and continued her appointment on the Washington State Governor’s Council for State Independent Living (SILC) as Vice Chair. Currently she also serves as a research assistant for the Collaborative on Health Reform on Independent Living (CHRIL) assisting with website maintenance and project development.
In 2019, Davi received the GPSA Graduate Assistant of the year award. She also received the 2018 Graduate Women of Distinction award, the 2017 Association for Faculty Women’s Harriet B. Rigas Award, the WSU Presidential Leadership Award for the 2014-2015 school year, 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 three cats, Mozzy, PomPom, and Ash.