Weekly News Update
From the National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Last Week's Top News Stories about Disability and Higher Education
January 14-20, 2024
Content warning The Vice President of Student Affairs at Lincoln University of Missouri died by suicide and left a letter claiming the president bullied herhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/governance/executive-leadership/2024/01/12/lincoln-university-administrators-suicide-roils?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=1b793d9ccf-DNU_2021_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-1b793d9ccf-225808461&mc_cid=1b793d9ccf&mc_eid=d5645fe552 while she was suffering from depression and anxiety, leading to national conversations about Black women in academia and White leaders at HBCUs. (A follow-up story is at https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/historically-black-missouri-college-turmoil-after-suicide-administrator-106522756).
Aria Mia Loberti of All the Light We Cannot Seehttps://ew.com/golden-globes-2024-all-the-light-we-cannot-see-star-aria-mia-loberti-red-carpet-guide-dog-8423341 became the first person to walk the red carpet with a guide dog for the blind; she is a doctoral student in ancient rhetoric at Pennsylvania State Universityhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_Mia_Loberti.
She had cancer and a stroke in college, and now Dr. Diana Cejas uses her experiencehttps://www.teenvogue.com/story/doctor-diana-cejas-interview?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tv&utm_mailing=TNV_Take122324&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=62d194a36010b0ca4d03f543&cndid=70289449&hasha=2c847bfc20787460a7db69cb2860f55f&hashb=efaf98205061113c7ebe95837db066fcaa2aa8e5&hashc=b4d6e10b3b78c7eccd7d480eae40f8d2f2f188bf515af18ffbaa034740e24001&esrc=subscribe-page&utm_term=TNV_Take as a disabled Black Latina physician to advocate for students and doctors with disabilities.
The anime movie A Sign of Affection is about a Deaf and hearing college student is now available in the U.S. at Crunchyroll.https://www.crunchyroll.com/series/GEXH3W2V7/a-sign-of-affection
The Biden Administration is working to extend TRIOhttps://www.campusreform.org/article/biden-admin-seeks-to-extend-federal-college-prep-programs-to-illegal-immigrants/24686 college prep programs to undocumented immigrants; TRIO works with low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.
A German disability activist is commuting between Ireland and Germanyhttps://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/social-affairs/2024/01/07/student-has-no-option-but-to-commute-between-germany-and-ireland-due-to-gap-in-disability-support/ to attend University College Cork in Ireland; she will lose her disability funding if she moves to another country.
L.A. high school students ask why some college admissions departments won't accept American Sign Languagehttps://highschool.latimes.com/jserra-catholic-high-school/culture-over-country-why-american-sign-language-deserves-a-place-in-foreign-language-curriculum/ as fulfillment of high school foreign language requirements.
Medical students with disabilities are 70% more likely to burnouthttps://news.yale.edu/2024/01/10/medical-students-disabilities-are-higher-risk-burnout-peers than nondisabled peers, but the risk increases if they have multiple disabilities or are from other marginalized groups as well, according to a new Yale study.
The GW Disabled Student Collective is partnering with the campus Chronic Health Advocateshttps://gwhatchet.com/2024/01/16/disability-advocacy-groups-partner-to-bring-greater-accessibility-to-gw/ to improve accessibility and to have Multicultural Student Services work on access issues, as well.
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