Imagining Cultures of Access: Race, Disability & Mental Health

Critical Disability Studies Collaborative

According to a 2017 UMN report on student mental health, 35% of students report they are unable to manage their stress. Trauma, depression, and anxiety have become key for college campuses to address. Critical race/ethnic studies and disability studies both make important contributions to this question. College campuses are not level playing-fields: at all levels, people of color, women, disabled people, poor people, and LGBTQ communities experience mental health issues in greater numbers and need greater support and resources.

In this one-day symposium, we invite nationally renowned scholars, staff, and students to reflect on how to imagine truly equitable "cultures of access”. What are cultures of access? How can we think them intersectionally across the axes of race, gender, sexuality, and ability? What would it look like to rethink mental health on college campuses as a structural/collective issue, rather than an individual struggle?

10:00am – 12:00pm: Keynote Addresses
Dr. Mimi Khúc, University of Maryland
Dr. Margaret Price, The Ohio State University

1:30pm – 3:30pm: University Roundtable with Keynote Speakers
Heather Lou, Office for Equity and Diversity
Nina Hernandez Beithon, Student Counseling Services
Abeer Syedah, UMN Alum/Director of Equality & Inclusion for Students United.

Light Snacks and Coffee/Tea will be provided throughout the day.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:30pm
Event Location: 
Walter Library, Room 101