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pdf File Agenda PDF (394KB) [download]

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pdf File Taking the Lead - Driving Change in Diversity Equity and Inclusion Round Table - Notes (152KB) [download]

Taking the Lead: Driving Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sunday, November 15, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Grand Ballroom Central

Session Description

Discover how you can drive change at your center! New in 2015, these exciting sessions provide an interactive learning and sharing environment centered around the five key priorities of the AUCD Strategic Map. Participate in one of these five sessions to hear from and share ideas with leaders from around the network on successes and best practices in the areas of visibility and reach; policy, practice, and research; network engagement and leadership development; funding; and diversity, inclusion, and equity. These sessions are free for all registered conference attendees.

Driving Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This panel will highlight select efforts across the network that are successful in increasing diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. Presenters will discuss efforts engaging urban disenfranchised youth with disabilities through community-based organizations; responding to cultural considerations of immigrant communities in outreach, partnership, product development, and service delivery; diversifying faculty & trainees; and lessons learned from developing the AUCD Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and develop plans for implementation in their own work.



  • Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD: Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 
  • Derrick Willis, MPA: UMKC Institute for Human Development 
  • Kelly Nye-Lengerman, MSW: Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota 
  • Jenean Castillo, PhD: AUCD Diversity & Inclusion Fellow, Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Steve Brown, PhD: AUCD Diversity & Inclusion Fellow