Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session

Broadening Perspectives: Expanding the View of Multiple Intersections

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Gregory Roberts, Ed.S.
Executive Director and Senior Operating Officer
ACPA – College Student Educators International

Gregory Roberts has served the Student Affairs profession for over thirty (30) years. Serving institutions and educating students both in public and private, secular and non secular institutions throughout the country. Currently he is the Executive Director and Senior Operating Officer of ACPA: College Student Educators International after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota for nearly eleven years. He has authored several chapters in books as well as taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and higher education. He is former President of the American College Personnel Association, Missouri College Personnel Association and has served on the Board of several civic organizations. In addition, he has been a long standing member of several professional societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa. He holds bachelors (B.S.) and Masters (M.S.) degrees from Indiana University - Bloomington, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City, and a certificate in educational management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Awards Banquet

Friday, July 18, 2008 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Join your colleagues to network, hear about AHEAD’s work and year-in-review, while acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to the field.
We are honored to welcome Laura Hershey: writer, poet, trainer and activist. With over 25 years of professional experience in the disability field, Laura is a committed advocate for disability rights and a respected speaker, consultant, and researcher. Her articles have appeared in Ms. Magazine, the Progressive, and many other magazines, journals and anthologies. Through poetry readings and reflection, Laura ‘s comments will provide the opportunity for us to connect our work with the larger issues of social justice, disability community, and policy and systems change.

Laura Hershey, Renowned Poet, Activist, and Advocate

Closing Plenary

Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Meeting in the Roundabout: Learning from Multiple Intersections

As we see from this year’s conference theme, disability in higher education is understood from many perspectives - historical, legal, technological, cultural, philosophical - sometimes it seems like too many!

Is there a place where they converge? Are there definitive answers? Do our traditional ways of working meet the needs of a new generation of “millennial” and multicultural students?

Join us in the “roundabout” for a lively discussion moderated by J. Trey Duffy, CalPoly and AHEAD Past President, as panelists explore significant DS concepts and issues such as “otherwise qualified” students, documentation, and accommodations vs. universal access in light of a new generation. Learn how different perspectives do inform our work and point us in directions to possible solutions and best practices.
Panelists include:
Joanne Simon, Attorney At Law
Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
Mattie Grace, University of Southern California
Melanie Thornton, University of Arkansas
Grady Landrum, Wichita State University