Speaking Engagements

I have been asked to speak at multiple campuses over the past couple of years and I would love to visit your campus to speak about Liberating Structures and Disability Inclusion Training.

Liberating Structures

Davi Kallman of the Washington State University Murrow College of Communication and Laura Griner Hill of the Human Development Department discuss Liberating Structures theory, which holds that classrooms and office meetings are often either too formal—sage on stage—or too loose, such as open discussions that can devolve into irrelevancies. Liberating Structures offers a new approach—actually 33 new approaches—called microstructures. These lively techniques range from User Experience Fishbowl to 9-whys, from Wicked Questions to Celebrity Interview. This Nov. 18, 2014, workshop at WSU Pullman was part of a series on increasing student success co-sponsored by the WSU Provost’s Office, WSU Teaching Academy and the Global Campus.

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Disability Research and Inclusion Training 

As scholars we constantly strive to answer questions that drive our research and as a result, these questions guide us to look at complex problems in our communities. But what happens when certain scholars and groups are underrepresented in the research community?

Diversity of scholarship and faculty are crucial to showcase the complex issues associated with the intersectionality of minority group members.  There is a need for more scholars with disabilities to research issues impacting individuals with disabilities. As members of this group, they have a unique opportunity to draw on their own experiences.

This keynote discussed the importance of including scholars with disabilities in the creation and dissemination of disability research. Additionally, this talk provides an overview of current disability scholarship at WSU and how those of us in higher education can enact and support disability inclusivity in academic contexts.

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