Undergraduate students in DS and LSJ will present their research & community engagement projects! Please join us for this lunchtime event on Wednesday, Oct 23, 12pm-1:30pm, MGH 024

Disability Studies Brown Bag Seminar


  • 12:00 pm “We are Feminists: Making it Work at Humanity & Inclusion,” Rebecca Andrews, LSJ major
  • 12:20 pm “Disability, Ageing, and Development Study Abroad in Jamaica,” Early Fall 2019 LSJ study abroad students 
  • 12:40 pm “Starting a Nonprofit: Thurston County Inclusion,” Natalie Stagnone, Neuroscience and Disability Studies majors


Bios & Abstracts:

12:00 Rebecca Andrews (Senior): Majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice with Minors in Disability Studies and Human Rights (mentor Megan McCloskey)
Title: "We Are Feminists: Making it Work at Humanity & Inclusion"
Abstract: This presentation will focus on the international experience a UW senior had at the international disability NGO "Humanity & Inclusion." It will go over how she got the position, what it was like working in a country where she was not fluent in the language, and the cultural differences between France and the United States. Additionally, she will expand on the projects including "Making it Work" that she completed at HI.
12:20 LSJ Study Abroad Students: Mekdes Abate (LSJ Major, DS Minor), Annabella King (CEP Major), Christine Lew (DS Minor) (instructors Stephen Meyers & Megan McCloskey)
Title: Disability, Ageing, and Development Study Abroad in Jamaica

Abstract: This study abroad program focused on the lived experience of older persons and persons with disabilities in Jamaica. As in any context, older persons and persons with disabilities face both barriers and opportunities to full participation in their communities, particularly as Jamaica continues to socially and economically develop. Older persons and persons with disabilities in Jamaica are active agents of social change, with their own grassroots groups that represent their voice, address their members' needs, and engage with the broader community. As a class, we met all of the stakeholders, from international
organizations through to local civil society associations and clubs, in order to understand the issues of ageing and disability from multiple perspectives.

12:40 Natalie Stagnone, Majoring in Neuroscience and Disability Studies, Minoring in Spanish, Interdisciplinary Honors (mentor Heather D. Evans)

Title: Starting a Nonprofit: Thurston County Inclusion

Abstract: Based in Olympia, Washington, Thurston County Inclusion’s Mission is to provide opportunities for individuals of all abilities to create, build and strengthen relationships that will last a lifetime. Starting a nonprofit is not easy, so the presentation will discuss how to start a nonprofit and our work to date.

Accessibility Information:

We will have CART and have requested ASL for this event. The D Center is mobility aid accessible and a scent free space. Please refrain from wearing any strong fragrances.

Contact: Joanne at jwoiak@uw.edu