Featured Presentations and Events

Opening Plenary

Linked Fate and Diversity in the 21st Century

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Georgina Dodge Photo Georgina Dodge was appointed Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, as well as Title IX Coordinator, at the University of Iowa in July 2010. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor of English, and her scholarly interests include multi-racial literatures and autobiography. She currently serves as the membership chair for the international Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS).

Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Dodge spent 14 years at The Ohio State University where she provided leadership in support of the success of underrepresented students, faculty and staff through the Office of Minority Affairs; directed the Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center; and worked as an assistant professor in the Department of English. Prior to beginning her academic career, Dodge served a six-year enlistment in the Navy, working as an electronics technician on communications, radar and meteorological equipment.

The AHEAD Conference and pn2 Training Institute start off in full with a special evening Plenary Session and Welcome Reception. We come to together to greet colleagues old and new, and hear our honored guest, Dr. Georgina Dodge of University of Iowa.

The concept of linked fate has been evoked by activists and scholars as a way for the individual to consider the common good of the collective. Historically, various affinity groups have demonstrated a working knowledge of the concept as an effective way to support interests based on shared identity. But forging bonds between affinity groups that do not claim common identities has proven much more challenging. This is demonstrated on college campuses and in corporations where multiculturalism often means creating spaces for various affinity groups to convene separately around each group’s specific interests.

As we consider the growth of intersectional identities in the 21st Century, particularly among the population with disabilities, it is time to reconsider the concept of linked fate and discuss how it might become a tool for mutual empowerment. It is also important to consider the impact that the current system of “divide and conquer” has on diverse groups and on society as a whole. By focusing on common goals and weighing the potential advantages and downsides of affinity group solidarity, we can more thoughtfully help our own even as we reach out to others.

Awards Luncheon

Friday, July 13, 2012 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A highlight of the Conference is our chance to gather with colleagues old and new for lively conversation and networking. New friends are made each time! This year we’re pleased to have pepnet 2 offer an entertaining presentation while AHEAD honors members and friends who have made important contributions to the field of disability and higher education. It’s a great time for networking in a casual setting - we’re holding a seat for you!

pepnet 2 Plenary Session

Beyond the Classroom: Access to the Full College Experience for Students Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf/Blind

Friday, July 13, 2012 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Jason Altmann, pn2 – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jason Altman Photo Higher education is so much more than what is taught in the classroom. The value and impact of co-curricular opportunities- study abroad programs, intramural activities and student government involvement are essential components of the transformative experience of learning at the postsecondary level. pn2 plenary student panel will provide the opportunity for services providers to hear directly from students, who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing the value and impact of providing access to comprehensive college experiences.

Closing Plenary

Disability in the News: A Review of Important Cases that

Impact Your Work

Saturday, July 14, 2012 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Paul Grossman, Hastings College of the Law

(Throughout this Conference, Mr. Grossman is participating in his private capacity. The views expressed in his presentations will be the result of his independent research and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Department of Education or government.)

Allison Nichol, Department of Justice

Jo Anne Simon, Attorney at Law

This well-attended review - designed specifically for the membership of AHEAD - presents what has taken place in the Federal Courts and the regulatory world over the past year, and how that impacts your mission and students.

Because we’re in New Orleans, we “kick it up a notch” and welcome special guest Allison Nichol, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice, to lead us off with her unique vision and insights into using the courts to achieve equal educational opportunity for persons with disabilities in higher education. What are the most important recent judicial trends? What statements of interest and briefs by DOJ should we be following? What are the critical issues on the horizon?

Ms. Nichol is a nationally known trial lawyer and lecturer on ADA issues and trial practice, tactics and strategy and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. At DOJ she oversees litigation under Titles I, II and II of the ADA as well as GINA and the Help America Vote Act.

As always, we welcome Paul Grossman, a civil rights lawyer who has handled school desegregation and other access-to-education cases for three decades. He is a dedicated member of AHEAD and has provided numerous, well-attended presentations on disability law and its application to the higher education setting.

Counsel on the landmark Bartlett v. NYS Board of Law Examiners case and a Fordham University School of Law Adjunct Associate Professor, Jo Anne Simon is a national leader in disability civil rights law. Active in the disability field since the 1970’s, she is a community and national activist, prolific presenter and a founding member of AHEAD where she served as Board member.