Enacting Equity in Higher Education through Critical Disability Studies: A Critical Community Self-Study
Keywords:critical disability studies, equity, inclusion, higher education, intersectionality, self-study, interdisciplinary, collaborative research, community of inquiry
In this critical community self-study, we describe the development of the Interdisciplinary Disability and Inclusion Research Collaborative (IDIRC) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. IDIRC is a self-organizing collective involving eleven faculty, students and staff devoted to Critical Disability Studies (CDS) and the relationships between CDS, practice and social change. We ask: What are the social relations, commitments, activities, and research needs of this university's researchers, students and staff in relation to disability and inclusion? Through a constant comparative analysis of interview data we surfaced themes related to the social relations, commitments, activities and research needs of our members. Our findings and discussion illustrate how similar cross-disciplinary groups might build inclusive spaces, which unite staff, graduate students and faculty towards disrupting normativity, interdisciplinarity, and praxis within and beyond academia. IDIRC attends to the embodiment of values and theoretical perspectives that are relational, diversity-positive, intersectional and advocacy-oriented.
Copyright (c) 2019 Leyton Schnellert, Pamela Richardson, Earllene Roberts, Sara McDonald, Carolyn MacHardy, Assunta Rosal, Jewelles Smith, Matthew Rader, Jenica Frisque, Rachelle Hole
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