Breakout 3B

Chad Weber, smiling.

Chad Weber

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1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Central Time

Allyship VS Enabling: Leading through Empowering

Presented by Chad Weber, Accommodations Coordinator, Regis University

Stacy Yusim, Outreach Coordinator, Regis University

Stacy Yusim

The difference between allyship and enabling is the difference between having students who are empowered to advocate for themselves with your assistance, rather than expecting you to fix things for them. During the session participants will discuss the differences between holding the power and empowering people, building allyships throughout the university, to create a community of inclusion and access for all. Participants will come away with a step-by-step action plan on how they plan to break down a barrier working with their team and aligning with leaders across the university. 

During the session we hope that we can teach participants the skills to identify the different roles in group and individual situations and how all participants can find themselves in each role both consciously and unconsciously. These skills will allow them to work with their own thoughts and beliefs as well as the other members of the situation to determine action steps to work towards the best inclusive outcome where all parties feel empowered and have equal access or the knowledge and information where they can receive the resources they need to achieve their group and individual goals in life, education and in their vocational lives.
There is a fine line that everyone has crossed several times that is the dividing point between support and goal success versus hindering the growth and achievement of goals of an individual or group by the creation of unwarranted and unneeded levels of expectations. Through this training and discussion attendees will be able to identify the markers that will help more people land on the side of the line filled with achievements and success without judgement but instead with celebration and role modeling for the next group or person.

Chad Weber is the Accommodations Coordinator at Regis University in Denver CO. He has been working and studying in the field of disabilities for over 20 years and holds an M.A. in Student Affairs Counseling and a BS in Sociology. With his unique perspective as a graduate student who used Disability Services when he lost his vision half way through his Master’s program . Chad has presented at numerous local and national conferences on Higher Education and accessibility. Chad combines this personal experience with his varied roles in State Vocational Rehabilitation offices , Community Colleges and four-year universities. 

Stacy Yusim came out to Colorado 4 years ago for a change of scenery after being the Legal Advocacy Training Manager for the Illinois Protection and Advocacy agency for people with disabilities for almost 14 years. She has a Master's degree in Human Performance and Training (adult learning) and has spent most of her working life supporting people with disabilities to be strong advocates and live independent lives in the communities of their choice. 

Stacy was hired by Regis University's Student Disability Center to be their Outreach Coordinator in 2019. It's an opportunity to advocate for students in an educational setting, as well as work with committed staff and faculty throughout the higher education and grass roots sectors. Her favorite thing is to create engaging workshops on a variety of topics, including intersectionality and disability justice. She has been living with lupus for 20 years and her Aussie, Etch, keeps her moving with endless games of fetch and walkies on accessible trails. 

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