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Disability Rights Inclusion for a Sustainable Democracy

The ideals of our democracy often calls for inclusion of all people, but the advocacy and leadership of the disability rights movement remains separate from broader efforts of building a democratic society that values everyone's participation. Please join the Lurie Institute's Sandy Ho in a conversation with Rebecca Cokley (Director of Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress) and Claribel Vidal (Program Associate, Ford Foundation) to learn how they're working to encourage and support the civic participation and leadership of people with disabilities. 

This is part of Rebecca Cokley's Richman Fellowship residency (see below). RSVP (optional) on Facebook

For more information, please contact Sandy Ho

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2020 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life: Rebecca Cokley

"Achieving an Inclusive Democracy: What It Means for Every Voice to Count"

The Americans With Disabilities Act, one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the country, is turning 30, and yet 60 million disabled people still struggle to access key parts of the American Dream.

Join the Brandeis community in welcoming the 2020 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Rebecca Cokley

Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, Cokley has worked as a disabilities rights activist to seek deeper connections across communities pursuing civil rights. Inducted into the inaugural class of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Cokley has also appeared on the Vox/Netflix series "Explained" and "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver. 

The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz '69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz '97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser '01, in honor of Carol's parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life is hosted by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.