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August 12, 2022

Call for Participants: DSAC UnConference 2022:

The annual Disability Studies and Action Collaborative (DSAC) UnConference is one part traditional academic conference and one part collaborative, exploratory workshop. Our aim is to gather in one place, learn from one another’s skills and experiences, and identify avenues where we can productively collaborate across the borders of academia and the community.

This two-day-long event is designed to bring together people from Whatcom county and the surrounding Pacific Northwest region. 

Everyone with an interest in disability is welcome to join the event. This may include, but is not limited to, faculty, students, university staff, disability service providers, librarians, nonprofit or public services professionals, activists, artists, performers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and interested community members. We expect those selected to participate as fully as they are able across the course of both days. Both virtual (Zoom) and in-person hybrid participation modes will be available.

Because space is limited, the Working Sessions and Seminar Sessions are only open to attendees who have been accepted to the UnConference. Preference will be given to those who identify as having a disability or other marginalized population traditionally excluded from professional or academic spaces. For those who would like to attend but who would need financial assistance to do so, please reach out to us at icds.unconference@wwu2.onmicrosoft.com.

Every person who wishes to participate in the UnConference will complete an online application and submit a brief personal statement, an overview of your disability-related work, an interesting problem or challenge you would like to explore at the UnConference, and a list of skills and interests you are interested in contributing in the Working Sessions. To facilitate community building, participants will be invited to read one another’s materials before the start of the UnConference.

Hybrid remote options available for attendance.

Applications received by Friday, August 5th 2022 will receive priority consideration and first choice in presentation time. Final applications are due 11:59 pm, Friday August 12th, 2022.