Inclusive Campus Life Affinity Group

Inclusive Campus Life Affinity Group


Lindsay Krech

Lindsay Krech, Ph.D.

Director of Campus Life and Student Supports, Next Steps

Vanderbilt University


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The purpose of the Inclusive Campus Life Affinity Group is to support members to:

  • Connect with each other through dialogue
  • Discover tools, resources, and practices
  • Share information and ideas
  • Expand inclusive campus communities to include students with ID

This Affinity Group is designed for people currently involved with or interested in enabling students with ID to become full participating members of their campus communities. Affinity Group members include any college or university staff, faculty, mentors, students with ID, or researchers.


Permanent Zoom Meeting link

Rolling Agenda all agendas and notes can be found here. All meetings are held 1-2pm ET, unless otherwise noted.

April 15, 2022

  • Topic: Dignity of Risk (details below)

June 10, 2022

  • Topic: TBA




Presenters from Kansas University and the University of St. Louis Missouri will discuss the access to Dignity of Risk students with intellectual disability should have when a college student. College students in general have an immense sense of freedom to take emotional, physical, and intellectual risks. Presenters advocate for increased dignity of risk, a model of dignity of risk in IPSE programming, and five principles that might guide programs as they consider and assess risk.


Jennifer Bumble is a researcher and inclusive educator at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. Previously, she worked as a special educator in Texas and an EL educator in South Korea. Her efforts focus on building social capital during the transition process and empowering communities to become more aware of and responsive to the pressing needs of transition-age youth with disabilities.

Christopher Worth is a community organizer, sexuality educator, and college instructor at UMSL. He was born with cerebral palsy and later diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Christopher was misdiagnosed with an intellectual disability and was not given access to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic until the age of eleven. Even though they present many challenges, he sees his disabilities as gifts and strengths. His experience reacting, responding, and using these challenges is the dominant lens through which he approaches all of his work. Visit Chris’ artist website.

Magen Rooney-Kron is a researcher and inclusive educator at UMSL. Her efforts focus on the availability and accessibility of work-based learning experiences for students with significant support needs.

Lindsay Athamanah is a professor, researcher, and inclusive educator at UMSL. Her research is influenced by her experience as a speech-language pathologist in the Chicago Public Schools. She aims to develop a more inclusive society by building those without disabilities’ capacity to work and learn alongside individuals with disabilities in inclusive spaces.

April Regester is an administrator, researcher, and inclusive educator. April’s introduction to inclusive education was in high school, where she had the privilege of participating in programs designed to include students with and without disabilities. The benefits of inclusive experiences led to her own career pathway and values that informed the development of UMSL Succeed.

Jonathan Lidgus is the director of UMSL Succeed. He has worked in higher education for over 17 years and is currently pursuing his doctorate with a focus on inclusive campus housing.

Past Events

View the Rolling Agenda for notes on past meetings.

Date: January 21, 2022
Topic: Peer Mentor Models
Presenters: Amanda Warren, Carol Britton Laws, and Jennifer Graves
Summary: The meeting includes three models and perspectives of peer mentoring within inclusive higher education settings of a community college, private university, and public university.

Meeting resources link


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