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AUCD - Leadership: Driving Change to achieve diversity, inclusion, & equity for ALL

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Renaissance East

Session Description

Hosted by AUCD's Multicultural and Leadership and Advocacy Councils, this Driving Change Session will explore ways to address service disparities, the recipients of services, how to reach diverse communities, and the importance of listening to various needs.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of COLA/MCC in advancing cultural and linguistic competency, diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Identify strategies for increasing the capacity of leadership and meaningful participation by underrepresented groups in all activities, at all levels of the AUCD network
  • Discuss the use of a cultural broker model for supporting inclusion of diverse and under-represented communities across the AUCD network


Lydia X. Z. Brown, JD. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: Washington, DC

Mathew McCollough, MPA, District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights

Yali Pang, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University


Mark Smith, MS, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska


orange badge with letters CEU1.5 CEUs hours (social work) are available for this session through the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Learn more, including how to get your certificate.



About Our Speakers

Lydia Brown

Headshot of Lydia Brown, young East Asian person, with stylized blue and yellow dramatic backgroundLydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. At present, Lydia serves as founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services, stakeholder representative to the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council overseeing health care for Medicaid/Medicare dually-eligible individuals, and board member of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. Lydia recently completed a term as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, serving in that role from 2015 to 2017 as the youngest appointee nationally to chair any state developmental disabilities council. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network in June 2017.

Lydia designed and taught a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements for two years as a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University's Experimental College. Lydia has been honored by the White House, Washington Peace Center, National Council on Independent Living, Disability Policy Consortium of Massachusetts, National Association for Law Placement/Public Service Jobs Directory, Society for Disability Studies, and American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2015, Pacific Standard named Lydia a Top 30 Thinker under 30, and Mic named Lydia to its inaugural list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. Their work has been featured in numerous scholarly and community publications. Lydia is a recent graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

Mathew McCollough, MPA 

Photo of Mat McColloughAs a Filipino American with developmental disabilities, Mathew McCollough is currently the Director for the District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights (ODR), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance office for the District Government. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently appointed Mr. McCollough to ODR Acting Director on July 10, 2017. Previously, Mr. McCollough served as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Communications Manager for the DC Office of Disability Rights. Between 2002-08, he served as a Grants Manager and Trainer with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and for the National Service Inclusion Project-a training and technical assistance provider that advocates on the behalf of individuals with disabilities to fully participate in service and civic-minded programs within their communities. Mr. McCollough's professional career began at the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, where he served as a Financial Assistant between 2000 and 2002.

Mr. McCollough has either been elected or appointed to several commissions and boards with emphasis on health equity and human rights, including the Chair of the District of Columbia State Rehabilitation Council, Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council and the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights. In 2016, he was elected Board President of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, and this honor represents the first time in the Association's history of electing a President with developmental disabilities.

Mr. McCollough is recognized for his communication and training expertise in the areas of education, diversity and sensitivity, cultural competency, and disability issues to a broad spectrum of audiences-students, advocates, parents, managers, community leaders, and other stakeholders. He received a Master's degree in Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

Yali Pang

Photo of Yali PangYali Pang is a PhD student in Public Administration and Policy at L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests are nonprofit management and nonprofits' roles in public policy. Prior to her Ph.D program, Yali received a Master's degree in Business Administration with concentration on Corporation Management and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Southwest University in China. Yali became a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society in 2016. She is a current Diversity Fellow at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University. She wants to learn more about disability and be more engaged in the local diverse communities through this fellowship program.

Mark Smith, MS

Photo of Mark SmithMark Smith, M.S., an Omaha native, joined the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) in January, 2003 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the University Center and as Family Faculty in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Mark supervises the UCEDD traineeship program and grants, contracts, and related activities on disability policy, legislation, and leadership. Mark's educational experience includes earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Psychology from the University of Nebraska. He is also the parent of and sibling to family members with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Mark has over 40 years' experience in the Disabilities field.

Mark has been involved in disability-related systems change and program development activities in Nebraska and nationally as the Institute representative and advisor to numerous organizations and efforts, including the Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children; the Board of the Association of University Centers; federal task forces and standing committees; as a technical advisor on Early Intervention policy and family-centered practices to the Nebraska Department of Education; and as Institute representative to the Nebraska Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.