Nevada Conferences

SAVE THE DATE: 
1ST ANNUAL NV AHEAD CONFERENCE

Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

Featuring Paul Grossman, Dr. Lisa Meeks, and Dr. Richard Yao


Conference Topics Include:

  • NAVIGATING A CHALLENGING ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND STUDENT SERVICE RESPONSIBILITY: STUDENTS WHO INJURE THEMSELVES.  Read Full Session Description
  • CUTTING EDGE DEVELOPMENTS IN FEDERAL LAW CONCERNING POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
  • STUDENTS WITH DISABIITIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES: EXAMINING NATIONAL TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR DRC OFFICES
  • WORKING WITH STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE CLINICAL SETTINGS

Come and learn about current hot topics in the field of Higher Education and Disabilities from the nation’s leading experts in the field. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with colleagues and develop collaborative working relationships.

Guest Speakers

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Paul Grossman, J.D. After dropping out of college due to disability-related challenges, returning and graduating near the top of his class in law school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and subsequently studying Philosophy of Law at Oxford University, England, Paul served for over 40 years as a civil rights attorney for the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR); 30 years as its Chief Regional Attorney in San Francisco. Paul has worked on every type of education discrimination matter including school segregation, sex discrimination in intercollegiate athletics, equal education opportunity for language minority children, and securing an appropriate education for school-children with disabilities.

Toward the end of his OCR career, drawing on his experiences with his own challenges, Paul focused on students with disabilities in post-secondary education in higher education. Paul has been an advisor to the System-wide Chancellors Office of the California Community College System and the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Paul comes to Nevada ready to share his insights on working with students with disabilities in higher education.
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Dr. Lisa Meeks is an expert in disabilities in medical education. As an advocate, administrative leader, and researcher, Dr. Meeks has co-authored several articles and books on the subject of disability in medical education and consults with leading health science programs, colleges, and universities on a myriad of disability related issues.

Dr. Meeks' research interests include: Improving access to medical education for learners with disabilities, medical student and resident well-being, disability curriculum in medical education, reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities, and the performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities. Her work as been featured recently on CNBC, in Slate, cleveland.com, and in The New Physician magazine from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and current President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and the UCSF Disability Training Series for Faculty and Administrators, co-editor and author of the seminal text on disability in health science The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and co-PI and lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Learners and Physicians with Disabilities: Accessibility, Action, and Inclusion in Medical Education.

In addition to her work in the department of family medicine, Dr. Meeks is an Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) Clinician Scholar.

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Dr. Richard Yao is the founding Dean of Students at Nevada State College. Prior to his current role at NSC, Dr. Yao served as a Senior Counseling/Psychology Lecturer and the Director of Student of Development. Dr. Yao’s overarching goal is to develop and guide programs that facilitate students’ academic, professional, and psychosocial development. This is best accomplished through a full integration of academic and student affairs programs to ensure students have the level of support required for their success. This integration guides his work with the Academic Advising Center, Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Center, Student Government, and Student C.A.R.E. Team. Dr. Yao is also a licensed psychologist. His training in clinical psychology has strengthened his passion towards student development in higher education. Early in his clinical career, Dr. Yao worked with individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness, as well as transition aged youth with severe emotional disturbance. Dr. Yao then focused primarily on forensic psychological assessments, with an emphasis on juvenile certification evaluations for the Juvenile Court and Public Defender’s Office, parental capacity evaluations for the Department of Family Services, and psychological disability evaluations. Dr. Yao received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, and then completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

For more information, contact Sandi Patton at sandi.patton@nsc.edu

Hotels & Happenings

Hotels

  • Hyatt Place: $102 a night (State Rate) is 5 minutes walking to the UNLV Campus. They offer free breakfast every morning and a complimentary airport shuttle. For Reservations: https://lasvegas.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html or call (702) 369-3366
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Thursday night $70 & Friday night $115 (all taxes and fees included). The Hard Rock offers numerous fine and casual dining options. The Hard Rock is a 7 minute walk to campus. They offer nightly shows and have a spa if you want to relax. For Reservations: https://hardrockhotel.com/ or call (702) 693-5000
  • Tropicana Hotel & Casino: $104.31 a night for a King Room. The Tropicana is a 5 minute drive from campus. It offers numerous restaurants for your dining pleasure. The Laugh Factory has nightly shows to tickle your funny bone. For Reservations: http://www.troplv.com/ or call 1-888-381-8767

**If you would like information on other lodging in the area, please contact Patricia Violi at patricia.violi@unlv.edu

Happenings

  • NFR Bucking Ball @ Tropicana December 7-18 @ 9 p.m.
  • The Laugh Factory @ Tropicana: Nightly @ 8:30 & 10:30
  • The Ice Rink @ The Cosmopolitan: open daily from 2 p.m. to midnight. $10 for Nevada ID holders
  • Terry Fator @ the Mirage: Saturday, December 9th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Reba w/ Brooks & Dunn @ The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace: Friday, December 8th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • The Rolling Stones Exhibit @ The Palazzo **Save 10% on tickets when you book online at http://www.stonesexhibitionism.com/
  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars @ T-Mobile Arena: Saturday, December 9th @ 5 p.m.