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There are 5 comments on POV: Higher Ed Institutions Would Benefit from Hiring More Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

  1. And BU should think broadly. Persons with intellectual disabilities need to be represented among staff. Our students live the rest of their lives with family members with ID, and they should expect to see them in the BU workforce.

  2. This is so interesting, because I feel like discussions of inclusivity concerned with education usually focus more on the students, especially in the case of PWD. I completely agree that a greater population of faculty with PWD would foster a better sense of inclusivity among the BU population as a whole, but more importantly among students with disabilities. Being ignorant of the underrepresented and disproportionate population of faculty with disabilities, even if not of my own conscious doing, is a testament to how ingrained these barriers of systemic oppression are.

    I think that part of the problem is that the current narrative discusses mostly the students and does not address that this issue of representation and inclusion also persists among faculty. Those very students who are the center of discourse would in fact benefit from a broadened discourse that includes faculty as well. So in a way, by focusing discourse on students and not expanding the conversation to faculty, institutions are harming the students. If the goal of college institutions is to foster a rich and healthy academic environment for all, then not one population within that of the institution should be overlooked.

  3. Thank you for bringing this important issue to light in the BU community. I think too often we are focused on how the university should accommodate students with disabilities, yet we forget about our faculty and staff with disabilities and the discrimination they may be facing. The underrepresentation of professors with disabilities is staggering, and BU could really step up and make changes that foster inclusivity. One of the resources you linked, “A Call to Professors with Invisible Disabilities” really highlights how important it is for professors with disabilities to embrace their identity, especially for students with disabilities to look up to and benefit from seeing that representation in academia. The BU student body as a whole needs to see this representation on our campus.

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