Tag: Disabilities

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Physicians’ perceptions can create health care disparities

Did you know that more than sixty-one million Americans have disabilities? Although legislative actions and conversations about the impact of living with disabilities are increasingly common in workplaces and social places, a study by Iezzoni et al. (2021) identified physicians’ perceptions of people with disabilities contributes to health care disparities.  In a small national study, 82% of physicians perceive a worse quality of life for individuals with disabilities.  Only 40.7% were “very confident about their ability to provide the same quality of care to patients with disability.”  The educational foundations for equitable inclusion begin in our classrooms. This research reveals the importance of including diverse cultural competencies within STEM education. 

Today’s feature was shared with us by the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Confronting Ableism and Improving Climate

Beginning a new school year can be a moment for recognizing and challenging ingrained patterns and perspectives in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus community. One pernicious aspect of campus life is the pervasive ableism that often goes unacknowledged. Ableism refers to the beliefs, practices, and physical arrangements that disadvantage and stigmatize those with disabilities, whether visible or invisible. One of this week’s articles asks, “Where are the disabled and ill academics?” noting that a higher percentage of students disclose their disability status than faculty. Another article points out that the dominant conceptions of disability make claiming a disability a professionally risky move, especially voluntarily disclosing an invisible disability like a neurodiverse condition. A third article by a professor with a visible disability warns that accommodations may inadvertently impose “unreasonable adjustments” that require “additional unpaid labor.” Crafting a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible campus includes re-examining dominant perceptions and caricatures of disabilities, listening respectfully to experiences of ableism, stigma, and the complexities of accommodation, and working together for more responsive policies and practices.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Fall Welcome for Diversities and Disabilities

As we return to campus life, keeping everyone safe requires that we recognize how commonplace logistics and behavioral patterns can create difficulties and even barriers to full access and participation for those with disabilities. The University of Washington’s AccessADVANCE focuses on guidelines for making campus life more accessible for and inclusive of those with disabilities, particularly women and under-represented members in STEM. The project is currently compiling lists of guiding questions to facilitate campus capacity-building based on universal design approaches and prioritizing systemic change. Resources such as these encourage us to take a broadly inclusive approach as we develop unit strategic plans for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) and Belonging. We hope that campus life will prove welcoming for everyone in our campus community this Fall.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Presidential Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

This last month, President Biden signed an Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government.  The premise is based upon public servants reflecting the communities they serve; this has parallels in academia as well.  ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is very encouraged by these measures to assess DEIA in the workforce and will work with our Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to support the development of strategic plans for our campus.  The EO expands learning opportunities, addresses harassment in the workplace, equity in professional development opportunities, and advances mechanisms for pay equity.   The DEIA language is deliberately inclusive of individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals in addition to gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Adopting these foundational values into our DNA will strengthen Michigan Tech for the future.

For further reading on the Executive Order, please look at the Fact Sheet that outlines all of the details of the Order.

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The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: NSF NCSES tracked diversity gains over the last decade – more needed

A statistical abstract report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation highlights that women holding academic jobs in science, engineering and health fields increased from 26% in 1999 to 39% in 2019, and underrepresented minorities now hold 9%.

While we should celebrate these improvements, the reality is that these percentages remain far below the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. population. In addition, the report indicates scientists and engineers with one or more disabilities receive lower funding for graduate school and have a higher unemployment rate than that of the U.S. labor force.

Workplace climate, equitable resources, workload and recognition remain at the center of attracting and retaining diverse talent in STEM fields. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech can help with programming, education, and support — contact our team to learn more.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI Team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Roundup.

The ADVANCE Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Past articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

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ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Putting yourself in another person’s position: understanding colleagues with disabilities

Although navigating life through a pandemic has been difficult, ever wonder what navigating life with disabilities is like? Want to support colleagues with different abilities, but felt uncomfortable asking how?  This article contains five questions answered by those with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities as they navigate daily life.  The article highlights the pressures disabled individuals experience as they navigate mobility challenges in the world around them, respond to ableism, and share the impact of the disability on their daily existence. The article speaks to a person’s internal debate in seeking assistance and accommodations when needed. Lastly, stereotypes of “hard work” and “toughness” are addressed, which may be incorrectly related to “overcoming” the disability with the tradeoffs from stamina used for visible acknowledgement versus useful achievements.

Additional resource on ways to dismantle barriers for disabled faculty on campus.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.
The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


November 20, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Disabilities, both visible and unseen, impact approximately 26% of the US population and research has shown that both graduation and retention rates for students with disabilities are lower than those of their peers. Faculty ranks are also impacted with only 3.6% of tenured faculty identifying themselves as individuals with disabilities. While efforts to include disability in diversity work are gaining momentum, it’s time for a reckoning in higher education. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Inside HigherEd that discusses the need for an increase in diversity and inclusion efforts for those with disabilities.

If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.