Office of Equity and Inclusion podcast on UMAIDA

In this new Office of Equity and Inclusion podcast, Dr. Nef Walker interviews some members of the steering committee of the UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access (UMAIDA). Listen to learn more about UMAIDA and get to know Melinda Lelacheur, Michele Cooke and Samm Delorey.

You can see access the audio podcasts a this link and the video with captions at this link.


Disability Culture and Community Speaker Series

  • 22 September 2021 6:30 (zoom): Dr. Fred Pelka and Dr. Lisette Torres-Gerald, History of the disability movement
  • 6 October 2021 from 4-6 pm (zoom): Dr. Liz Thompson. The beautiful intersections of identities: affirming disability identity and culture. Sponsored by Office of Equity and Inclusion to celebrate disability employment month
  • 21 October 2021 from 4-6 pm in the campus center: Crip Camp showing. Sponsored by Office of Equity and Inclusion celebrate disability employment month
  • 17 November 2021: Panel discussion Disability Experiences in Higher Education
  • 16 February 2022: Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe discussing her book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (2020)
  • 6 April 2022: Panel discussion entitled¬†Disability Activism

Events are supported by a Campus Climate Grant from the UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion to the Alliance Against Ableism. Additional support from the History Department and the UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access (UMAIDA) employee resource group. Sponsors also include the African American Studies program.

Questions? Please contact the speaker series committee: Rachel Adams, Elodie Carel, Samm Delorey, Kim Enderle and Helene Grogan.


AAA Meetings summer 2021

Over the summer we will meet Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Join the list serve to get email notifications and a link to our meetings. You can also join our AllianceAgainstAbleism slack channel.

To join the listserve go to google groups and search for ‘AAA’. The listserve is named ‘aaa-l’. You can select the group and ask to join.

events news

UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion Podcast with Alliance Against Ableism

In October 2020, Dr. Nefertiti Walker interviews Jeff Edelstein and David Paquette from the Alliance Against Ableism (AAA). The AAA aims to hold conversations around disability identity and inclusion, address ableism and barriers to inclusion and equality on campus within the disability community, and incorporate disability into larger systemic conversations

If you prefer to listen to the podcast without video you can hear it at this link.


Daily Collegian article about AAA

This article from November 2019 talks about how the Alliance Against Ableism got started by Josh Person and Deanna Ferrante back in February of 2019. See link to article here.