MSU Conference Center, University Hall, 7th floor
March 27, 2020, time tba
Abstract: This workshop provides a brief critical historical overview of the institutional place of disability at MSU. We will compare and contrast the institution’s historical and present stance toward disabled people as minoritized communities with the institution’s past and present stances toward other historically minoritized communities (e.g., women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, etc.). In so doing, we briefly review the progressive initiatives and achievements of rights-based movements historically, and also explore the limitations of rights-based movements for systemic change. We propose justice movements (as opposed to rights-based movements) as more promising possibilities for structural institutional and cultural change moving forward. We close by introducing two new initiatives on campus (The Disability Caucus and a new student DREAM chapter), and invite the open discussion of ways that these two new fora might serve to work both together and with other justice initiatives on campus toward a more inclusive campus community.
People who attend the workshop may expect the first half to consist of a lecture overview of the information summarized above. The second half will include open discussion with people who attend, discussing and brainstorming initiatives that these new organizations and their affiliates may pursue on campus, including potential collaborations with other existing justice organizations.