Workshop Helps Shape Disability Studies Minor

The Truman State University Interdisciplinary Workshop, “What is Disability Studies?” took place Jan 9-10, facilitated by Karen Hagrup, an activist, educator and scholar in disability studies.

Eighteen faculty, staff, community members and one undergraduate student, all together representing 14 departments, attended and contributed to the workshop.

The disability studies minor, once through governance procedures, will be active by 2010. The disability studies minor coordinators are Janet Gooch, associate professor and department chair of communication disorders as well as interim McNair director; Peter Kelly, associate professor of special education; and Lynn Rose, professor of history.

Others involved in making the workshop possible are Wendy Miner, associate professor and chair of education; Douglas Davenport, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Sam Minner, professor of education and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education, for making this workshop possible. Michael Kelrick, professor of biology and director of interdisciplinary studies, has also been instrumental in guiding this proposed minor.

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