NEURODIVERSITY AND INTERSECTIONALITY
June 27 and 28, 2022
Landmark College, Putney, Vermont
All events will be held in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building (#12 on map), except for Monday evening reception, to be held in the Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center (STEM; #13 on map) first floor lobby.
Monday June 27, 2022
Registration and Reception 4 – 4:45 p.m. ET
Description: Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while you register and get to know your fellow attendees.
Neurodiversity Culture: Identity Development and Intersectionality 5 – 6:15 p.m. ET
Presented by: Ken Gobbo, M.S., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Landmark College
Description: This presentation will include a brief overview of neurodiversity, a short history, what it is, and what it is not. It will examine culture, norms, intersectionality, and their influence on the identity development of neurodivergent individuals. It will also consider why this matters, and what we can do to promote the development of a positive identity in our students.
Tuesday June 28, 2022
Registration and light breakfast 9 – 9:30 a.m. ET
Description: Enjoy a continental breakfast before the day's presentations and/or register if you didn't Monday evening.
UDL and Intersectionality: Honoring Identities in Higher Education 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET
Presented by: Denia Guadalupe Bradshaw, Ed.D.
Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive evidence-based framework that designs learning environments that support the variability of learners (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014). Practitioners integrate these nuances already, “but intentionality shifts with [the lens of] UDL” (Posey, 2019, p. 162). Heightening awareness of the practice of UDL, through an understanding of Intersectionality, will be highlighted in this session. Participants will also explore how the frameworks of UDL and Intersectionality coincide and affirm one another—and by taking this approach, learners with diverse and intersecting identities and narratives further benefit, thrive, and feel belonging.
ROTO Program: Neurodiversity and Black Student Programming 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Presented by: Kelly O’Ryan, Dean of Students; Marc Thurman, Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Adam Lalor, Ph.D., VP of School of Educational Research and Innovation, Landmark College
Description: Black students with disabilities are a twice-marginalized student group that has received little attention within higher education. Unfortunately, research indicates that students of color and students with disabilities both have lower persistence rates placing Black neurodivergent (i.e., learning disabled, ADHD, and/or autistic) at even greater risk for dropping out of college. This session will introduce an innovative program, Reach One Teach One (ROTO), geared at improving transition and sense of belonging for Black neurodivergent students. Join us for a discussion of this novel program and learn how you can develop a similar program on your campus.
Lunch on campus (provided) Noon – 1 p.m.
Understanding the Intersection of Gender, Sexuality, and Neurodiversity: A Complex Discussion 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET
Presented by: Jeff Huyett, Director of Health Services, Landmark College
Description: Over 200 pieces of legislation are being crafted in multiple states limiting the discussion of LGBTQ issues in K-12 and even college education. Some legislation even criminalizes the delivery of medical standard of care services to transgender youth. Hostile social environments are increasing in schools and communities further stigmatizing queer youth of all ages or youth with same sex or gender variant parents. Polls show most Americans favor tolerant and accepting educational environments for queer youth but politicians are fanning the flames of cultural wars to whip up their political bases. Queer youth experience suicidal ideation or attempt at four times the rate of their heteronormative peers.
This presentation will discuss the importance of creating tolerant, accepting educational environments for LGBTQ students that promote healthy development. The overlay of neurodiversity, coming out, and identity formation will be explored for the development of specific programs for neurodivergent LGBTQ, and especially, transgender youth in academics, residential life, and student affairs.
Biography: Jeff Huyett is an out, queer-identified nurse practitioner who has worked in LGBTQ community health and college health centers for over 30 years. He has been an activist in the health care industry and communities through involvement with advocacy and direct action groups. Jeff regularly lectures with students, health care providers, and faculty. He has been involved with HIV and HPV research, treatment protocol development for HIV and transgender care delivery, as well as been a primary care provider of LGBTQ-sensitive nursing care including hormonal transition.
In Their Own Voices: Student Neurodiversity and Intersectionality Panel 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Presented by: Panel of Landmark College students;
Moderated by Marc Thurman, Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Description:Hear from a panel of current Landmark College students as they share their personal stories. Students will provide insight into the unique situations they have faced, and overcome, as neurodivergent individuals with additional marginalized identities. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions and elicit feedback about the experiences, strategies, and people that have supported them along the way.
Sponsored by the Landmark College Centers for Diversity and Inclusion
Closing 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. ET
Presented by: Adam Lalor, Ph.D., VP of School of Educational Research and Innovation