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Constructing Communities: Exploring Access through Education and Art

December 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center, English Department, and Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, please join us on Saturday, December 19th for a two-part event series: Constructing Communities: Exploring Access through Education and Art!

1-2:30pm EST, Bridging the Gap: Community Engagement in Public Education:
Panelists Gerry Altamirano (Assistant Dean and Director of the Disability Resource Center, University of Florida), Maryam El-Shall (English Instructor, Santa Fe College), Brian Glen (English Instructor, Discovery High School), and Stephen Hardy (American Sign Language Instructor, University of Florida) will discuss access, education, and meeting the needs of students who are transitioning from the high school to collegiate level. After opening discussion, participants will join break-out rooms with guided questions to continue conversation with other attendees before reconvening with panelists.

All are welcome, with educators and students particularly encouraged to attend!

Link to register:

4-5:30pm EST, Building Collaborative Spaces: Learning from Crip Communities:
Learn through practice (or just hang out) with stellar artists Sky Cubacub (Radical Visibility Zine, Rebirth Garments) and Ashanti Fortson (cartoonist and illustrator, CRESS & PETRA forth.) during a collaborative zine workshop! Panelists will discuss art, identity, and community building followed by Q&A. All participants are invited to make a zine along with the panelists–so please bring any kind of writing instrument and any kind of paper that you want to use! Break-out rooms for quieter workspace or sharing with fellow attendees will also be available.

Check out the artists’ websites:
Sky Cubacub:
Ashanti Fortson:

All are welcome!

Link to register:

ASL interpreters will be present at both events, with Live Transcription services also available through Please let us know of any other access needs for attending this event in the registration form!

This event series was organized as part of Dr. Delia Steverson’s graduate seminar on Critical Disability Studies. We thank our sponsors: the University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center, English Department, and Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere.


December 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Dr. Delia Steverson