Workshop 9a: Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
Despite continuous attempts to increase the participation of disabled faculty and staff in information science workplaces, both recruitment and retention efforts fall short. Organizational cultures can range from welcoming to marginalizing, which is determined by a combination of policies, attitudes, support mechanisms, etc. This session engages the audience in an honest dialogue about disability at the workplace and offers hands-on activities that contribute to developing an inclusive climate in academic departments and information organizations. The goal of this session is threefold: 1) to generate constructive ideas for improving the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled faculty and staff; 2) to demonstrate how these ideas can be implemented through hands-on scenarios; and 3) to engage in introspection into our own perceptions of disabilities at the workplace through a sharing circle exercise. The session is intended for administrators of all levels and anyone interested in disability at the workplace.