"Disability Justice Is Our Freedom: Disrupting Ableism & Imagining Just Futures"

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This important session with activist, educator, organizer and attorney,  Lydia X.Z. Brown will focus on helping students interested in disability justice, activism and organizing.  All students are welcome to attend this session.

About the speaker:

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal and state violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and language. They are Policy Counsel for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies for Georgetown University's Department of English; and Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs at the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are also founder and volunteer director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Currently, they serve as a presidentially appointed Commissioner on Disability Rights for the American Bar Association, as well as Chair of the American Bar Association's Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee.

Previously, Lydia worked on disability rights and algorithmic fairness at Georgetown Law's Institute for Tech Law and Policy, served as Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and worked at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network as a member of the national policy team. They are former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Lydia is co-editor of All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism.

In 2015, Lydia was named to Pacific Standard's 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 list, and to Mic's list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. In 2018, NBC featured them as one of 26 Asian Pacific American breakthrough leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Amplifier featured them as part of the We The Future campaign for youth activism. Most recently, Lydia was named to Gold House Foundation's A100 list of the most impactful Asians in America for 2020. Their work appears in numerous scholarly and community publications, and they have received many awards for their work, including from the Obama White House, the Society for Disability Studies, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Washington Peace Center, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the National Council on Independent Living.

This event is Co-sponsored with Accessibility Services, the Teaching and Learning Initiative, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Friday, October 30 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Event Type

Gatherings & Meetings

Event Topic

Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice

Event Audience




Teaching & Learning Initiative, AccessAbility Services, Dean of Faculty, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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