Community Panel Discussion: Fostering Inclusion for Students with Disabilities

BU Graduate Affairs and the Office for Diversity & Inclusion are pleased to host a virtual community panel discussion on Wednesday, April 13 from 1-2:30pm. The topic of discussion is how assessments within graduate programs can be designed to be inclusive to students with disabilities.

Panelists include:

  • John Zilvinskis, Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton whose research focuses on survey design measuring student engagement for students with disabilities. Beyond publishing on this topic, he led a team of 20 researchers to update the disability survey item on the National Survey of Student Engagement.
  • Dr. Ezekiel Kimball, Associate Dean for Operations and Planning, an Associate Professor of Higher Education, and the Associate Director of the Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research connects the experiences of students with disabilities to designing inclusive measurements that describe the postsecondary success trajectories of students with disabilities.
  • Luis Perez, CAST: CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL Guidelines, now used globally to make learning more inclusive.
  • Lorre Wolf, Director of Disability & Access Services at Boston University. Dr. Wolf will speak to our current processes at Boston University and resources for faculty and program directors.  

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Simone Gill, Graduate Affairs Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor at BU School of Medicine and Sargent College, followed by community Q&A and discussion.

Speakers will connect their research expertise to the experiences of graduate students with disabilities and provide insight for faculty and program directors on designing more inclusive program assessments and academic milestones. Register below.