Poetic Exploration: Allies, Accomplices & Ableism

Dr. Naliyah Kaya (she/her)

(Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

2021 Disability Summit
April 12, 2021 – 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Website: http://www.naliyahkaya.com
Email: nkaya@umd.edu

Redefine/ABLE Challenging Inaccessibility
Redefine/ABLE Stories on Vimeo


This workshop is designed for allies and accomplices to consider our beliefs about ability and inclusion, the ways we may be engaging in ableism, and to identify and commit to one thing we can personally do to address inaccessibility. Participants will be introduced to the: Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility virtual exhibit designed by the 2020 University of Maryland, College Park graphic design cohort in collaboration with local Maryland stakeholders who identify as having disabilities. Attendees will view/listen to a short video documenting the stories and experiences of the stakeholders. We will then utilize spoken word poetry & group discussion to explore ableist language as well as our socialization and resulting beliefs about ability, accessibility, and allyship. Participants will be provided with writing prompts and time for group discussion and share-out. No prior poetry, performance or storytelling experience is necessary- ALL are welcome!

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Dr. Naliyah Kaya teaches TOTUS Spoken Word Experience for the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy at UMD. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Montgomery College, spoken word poet, and mixed media artist. Dr. Kaya organizes arts programming as a member of the Executive Committee for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association (CMRSA) and has served as an advisor and evaluator for cross-cultural exhibitions including the Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility project.