Reflecting UCEDD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitments in the Core Grant Application


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Friday, January 21, 2022
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description:

AUCD hosted a webinar in September 2021 on incorporating The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) Action Plan into the UCEDD five-year plans. At the time we noted that the five-year plan is an outward-facing document that articulates how centers fulfill the core functions in their selected areas of emphasis with specific goals, activities, and outcomes. We also acknowledged that much work of the critical work in ED&I done by UCEDDs might be described inwardly directed. This would include activities such as organizational self-assessments, supporting cultural and linguistic competence, university-level collaborations on recruitment and retention, national and community partnerships, anti-racism initiatives, creating internal centers for focused efforts, ensuring representation in all UCEDD activities and governance, leveraging resources, and integration of these commitments into the overall evaluation plan.

In this virtual workshop, UCEDD leaders will discuss strategies for demonstrating their ED&I commitments in the needs, evaluation, organizational capacity, and leveraging sections of the core grant application.


Dan Crimmins

Image of Dan CrimminsDaniel Crimmins, PhD, retired from his position as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) and Clinical Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University on June 1st of this year. Dr. Crimmins served as the CLD's founding director since 2008 and has been active in the UCEDD network since 1985. He proudly leaves a legacy at CLD of developing the next generation of leaders for Georgia and the nation; promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion of people with disabilities from all backgrounds; and working diligently for systems and society to adopt practices that enrich the lives of the people we serve. 


Derrick Willis

Image of Derrick WillisDerrick Willis, MPA, is the Director of Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining CDD, Derrick served as Director of Urban Mission at the Institute for Human Development, Missouri’s UCEDD, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Derrick has over 35 years of experience in working at local not-for-profits, state government, and higher education. Derrick’s career has centered on at-risk youth and families from diverse backgrounds living in urban communities. Since 2015, Derrick has been working nationally to implement policy changes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Derrick is a past Co-Chair for AUCD’s Multicultural Council and has been serving on the AUCD Board of Directors for five years. He is a past recipient of AUCD’s Multicultural Award for Leadership in Diversity and is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities.

Sally Gould-Taylor

Image of Sally Gould-TaylorSally Gould-Taylor, Ph.D., is the Executive Director at the Institute on Disabilities (PA UCEDD) at Temple University. She is an Associate Professor of Research in the College of Education and Human Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Sally holds a PhD in Urban Education with a focus on Anthropology of Education and has taught at Temple for the past ten years. During her time at the Institute, Sally has led a wide range of projects designed to authentically include people with disabilities as partners and co-researchers. Her work builds from community-driven Participatory Action Research in diverse fields of human services, disability and education that address phenomena associated with identity and power that address the legacy of racism and ableism that exists within the U.S. education system and disproportionately impacts students living at the intersections of race, ethnicity, and disability. Currently, Sally serves on the Racial Equity Sub-Committee of the PA Office of Developmental Programs' Information Sharing and Advisory Committee.

Aubyn Stahmer

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Dr. Aubyn Stahmer is a psychologist, a BCBA, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at UC Davis, and UCEDD Director at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research focuses on examining the use of evidence-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families in community settings. 

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