College Celebrates AccessABILITY Month

April 11, 2018 | Awards, Campus Events, Student Engagement, Student Event

Members of the Office of Student Engagement with Dean Pryor and President Evenbeck.

The Office of AccessABILITY with Charles H. Pryor, II, Dean of Student Engagement (far left) and Scott E. Evenbeck, President (far right)

April is officially AccessABILITY Awareness Month throughout CUNY. To celebrate its commitment to supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, Guttman’s Office of AccessABILITY has planned a series of events in the spirit of embracing disability as diversity, bringing awareness to the experiences of people with disabilities, and inspiring advocacy and equitable practices so all students can be successful.

Beginning the month-long celebration was the AccessABILITY Awareness Month Kickoff on Monday, April 9, in the Atrium. Kristopher Robinson, CUNY LEADS Neurodiversity Advisor, delivered the opening remarks. Other speakers included Scott E. Evenbeck, President; Howard M. Wach, Provost; and Charles H. Pryor, Dean of Student Engagement. The kick-off event included games, activities, give-a-ways, and opportunities to learn about and celebrate AccessABILITY throughout the day.

The College’s first AccessABILITY Ally Awards Ceremony was also held. The following individuals were recipients of Outstanding Staff Ally Awards:

  • Linda Merians
  • Yvonne Rubie
  • Esperanza Martin
  • Janine Agarwal
  • Carolee Ramsay
  • Danielle Insalaco-Egan
  • Victoria Romero

The following offices and programs were recognized with Outstanding Office Ally Awards:

  • Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement
  • United Men of Color
  • Women of GRIT
  • Human Services
  • Student Support and Academic Achievement
  • Student Leadership and Campus Life
  • Counseling and Wellness Services
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards

These awards were presented to individuals, offices, and groups exemplifying a commitment to the mission of the Office of AccessABILITY at Guttman Community College in working to provide an inclusive, equitable, and accessible learning environment for those with disabilities. Through collaboration, service, and advocacy, award recipients made exceptional strides in their qualities and actions in supporting the Office of AccessABILITY and its students.

The AccessABILITY events for April include:

  • 504/ADA Awareness Staff and Faculty Roundtable: Thursday, April 12th, Room 501, 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Working Professionals with Disabilities Panel: Tuesday, April 17th, Room 401, 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Free Mental Health First Aid Workshop: Wednesday, April 18th, Room 401, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • The Inclusion Club- First Meeting: Thursday, April 19th, Room 409A, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Movie Screening of Call Me Crazy: Tuesday, April 24th, Room 508, 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Job and Resource Fair: Thursday, April 26th, Atrium, 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Disability Support Webinar Series: Friday, April 27th, Room 007, 12:00pm-4:30pm