Breakout 1F

Kevin Andrews, smiling, standing outside.
Libbie Rifkin, smiling, standing in front of books on a shelf.
John LaRue, with beard, wearing light blue shirt, smiling, standing in front of buildings.

10:00 am - 10:50 am Central Time

Communicating to your Community: Accessible Communications in the 21st Century

Presented by:

Kevin Andrews - Electronic IT Accessibility Coordinator at Georgetown University

Libbie Rifkin - Teaching Professor, Dept. of English and Program in Disability Studies; Special Advisor for Disability to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Georgetown University

John LaRue, Georgetown University - Art Director, Office of Strategic Communications at Georgetown University

This session seeks to explore a strategy for executing accessible communications throughout a large and often decentralized institution with the intersection of disability studies, design, and information technology accessibility. WE will share the broad work of a communications group and its configuration of stakeholders addressing accessibility challenges in a sweeping digital domain.

Kevin Andrews is tasked with ensuring websites and other digital technologies used and purchased by Georgetown meet accessibility standards and guidelines and advises the GU community on best practices for making their websites and other digital materials accessible for everyone.

Libbie Rifkin is Teaching Professor in the Department of English at Georgetown University and was the founding Director of the Program in Disability Studies from 2017-20. Rifkin teaches courses in modern and contemporary American literature and gender, race, and disability studies. Her two books include the co-edited collection, Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry (2013) and Career Moves: Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde (2000). She has published numerous articles on gender, poetry, and, most recently, the poetics of care. Rifkin currently serves as the first Special Advisor to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Disability, a new role that expands Georgetown's commitment to valuing disability as an identity and dimension of diversity.

John LaRue is the Art Director for Georgetown University’s Office of Strategic Communications. He provides design and art direction to university partners from concept to completion, ensuring their work will be visually impactful and adhere to Georgetown’s core identity. He also serves on the university's visual identity committee, which maintains the foundational elements of Georgetown’s visual identity. His design work has been published in The Best American Infographics 2013 and I Love Charts: The Book. An avid baseball fan, LaRue has also contributed to The Hardball Times and was nominated for a 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award in Historical Analysis.

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