Standing Committee on Member Development

Standing Committee on Member Development Chaired by Marcelle Jones,

Purpose & Initial Charge

We exist to:

  • Support the Board in member recruitment, to establish consistent global connections, which improves inclusion and accessibility;
  • Determine methods, that encourage current and future members, to participate in transformational opportunities;
  • Create a welcoming environment, where new and international members, feel comfortable asking questions and sharing ideas;
  • Encourage current members, to invite co-workers from different departments, which could promote further barrier removal for students they serve;
  • Utilize AHEAD’s portals of communication to continue sharing updates in the Disability Services field
  • Connect annually, with other Standing Committees, to collaborate on projects that benefit member development

Committee Members for 2016-2017

Marcelle Jones, Accessibility and Universal Design Consultant

Jack Ho, Singapore Management University

Starlett Vaught, Wake Technical Community College
Mika Watanabe, University of Montana
Autumn Wilke, Grinnell College
Jane Johnson, AHEAD Staff Liaison
Tom Thompson, Honorary Member

Our activities for 2016-2017

  • Reviewed new membership flyer; which will be used in recruitment and information dissemination.
  • Assisted in growing membership, by participating in 'Member Recruitment Project', which included assigning each SCMD member an allotment of colleges to call and send standardized invite via email. We increased membership by 11%.
  • Proposed new SCMD Mission Statement to Board (approval in progress).
  • Developed and submitted committee's new strategic plan (approval in progress).
  • Suggested the SCMD create 3 additional member-recognition awards to be given at Annual Conference (approval in progress).
  • Cancellation of International Members Reception dinner; due to lack of funds (per the board).

Committee Members for 2015-2016 

Ken Marquard, Jose Maria Vargas University
Marcelle Jones, UIC 

Vera Dolan, University of Toronto
Jack Ho, Singapore Management University
Tom Thompson, Consultant
Starlett Vaught, Pitt Community College
Mika Watanabe, University of Montana
Autumn Wilke, Grinnell College
Marcelle Jones, UIC
Jane Johnson, AHEAD Staff Liaison

Our activities for 2014-2015

1. Networking with other organizations for partnership and membership development.
The committee continues planning to strategize the method(s) to network with other domestic and international organizations that have been already identified. A draft letter has been developed for the Board’s consideration and determination of the appropriate type and specifics of outreach. The Board is also being asked to determine whether such outreach should emanate from the Committee or from the Board.

2. Acknowledge standing committee members’ work.
This standing committee has asked the current President to acknowledge the standing committee members’ work. The draft of letters and the list of committee members were submitted to AHEAD.

3. Generating International Listserv posts.
Led by Ken Marquard, a series of interviews with individuals regarding disability and international perspectives has been created. A few interviews were recently posted on the International Listserv. The interviews can be seen on the International Interviews.

4. International Members Reception during the 2015 AHEAD Conference.
The Committee once again organizes the International Members Reception during the 2015 AHEAD conference. This reception offers international attendees an opportunity to meet and network with others conference attendees, as well as to exchange ideas for possible connections and collaborations. The planning subcommittee is responsible for event-planning and recruitment of attendees.

International Interviews

International Interviews is a series of discussions conducted by Ken Marquard, co-chair of the Standing Committee on Member Development. He interviews AHEAD members from around the world. Each interview introduces the member and captures her or his perspective on issues from the country in which they are reporting.