The first event in a virtual colloquial series -- Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy -- begins on Monday, October 4 at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami.

Coinciding with Disability Community Month, the virtual series invites the campus community to learn more about creating a welcoming University climate that actively works toward embracing disability culture and experiences. Ableism is defined as discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities and/or people who are perceived to be disabled.

These virtual events encourage open dialogue and discussion with students, staff, faculty and disability experts, providing opportunities to learn about best practices that ensure the disabled community can fully participate in campus life at the University of Michigan.

Visit the website Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy for more information.

Events Calendar

October 4, 10 AM-11:30AM 
Kickoff Event & Keynote |  Watch Online

October 5 | Disability Studies Futures at University of Michigan |  Watch Online

Since its inception in 2002, the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies [UMInDS] has provided academic programming that focuses on teaching, knowledge production, and creative praxis through a Disability Culture framework. Building upon the legacy of UMInDS, please join UMInDS faculty in conversation on the future of Disability Studies at University of Michigan. We will explore radically inclusive teaching innovation, embodied disabled learning, and the future of disability scholarship.


  • Robert Adams Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Director, University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies [UMInDS]
  • Natasha Abner Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Joshua Kupetz Assistant Director, English Department; Writing Program Lecturer 2, English Language & Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Petra Kuppers Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture; English Language & Literature and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Ittai Orr Lecturer I, English Language & Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

October 6 | Seeing Invisible Disabilities in the Classroom: Visions from Three Perspectives

October 8 | I’m Not Ableist; That’s Crazy!

October 13 | Dismantling Ableism across Academic Spaces and Hierarchies | Watch Online

This session is tailored to engage University leadership in moving their units towards inclusive practices for people with disabilities.


  • M. Remi Yergeau (they/them/theirs) Associate Director, Digital Studies Institute, Associate Professor, Department of English Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
  • Alexandra Minna Stern, Associate Dean for the Humanities, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, Departments of American Culture, History, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Founder and Co-Director, Sterilization and Social Justice Lab
  • Theresa Tinkle (she/her) Director, Sweetland Center for Writing Professor of English and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Department of English
  • David Porter Professor of English Language and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, College Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Robin Queen (she) Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Linguistics, German, English College Literature, Science, and the Arts

October 15 | Neurodiversity & Campus Climate Panel

October 20 | Beyond Stairs & Chairs: Making Spaces More Physically Accessible

October 21 | Pt. 1 Assessing Workplace Culture Through a Disability Lens & Pt. 2. Intentional Recruitment of U-M Students

October 25 | Beyond Compliance: Graduate Students with Disabilities- Needs Assessment & Promoting a More Inclusive & Accessible Campus Culture

October 27 | Requesting Accommodations

October 28 | Closing Session: Embracing Disability Culture @ UM