Curb Cuts for DEIB: Implementing a Universal Design Approach for Inclusion
Day 3Session Code: S6-F
When: March 29, 2023
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Sarrett, Disruptive Inclusion
In this session, disability and anti-ableism expert Dr. Jennifer Sarrett will introduce attendees to the disability concept of universal design (UD) and discuss how this approach can guide us toward a reconceptualization of the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).
UD is an architectural framework that encourages the creation of spaces and places to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible without introducing new barriers for anyone — think curb cuts, which were built for people using wheelchairs but help a range of people without harming anyone. Dr. Sarrett argues this approach will not only help generate practices that have wide usefulness but will also help us move away from DEIB being a field that reacts to large cultural events and internal complaints to an innovative, proactive, inclusive practice.
• Learn the history, definition, and seven principles of universal design
• Critically examine the history and current state of DEIB in relation to recent reports of stagnation in the field
• Apply a universal design approach to DEIB for innovative, proactive practices