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:

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

This Affinity Group is designed for people currently involved with or interested in enabling students with intellectual disability (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.


Meeting Links

Zoom link for all meetings

Rolling agenda and meeting notes

Upcoming Meeting Dates

October 28, 2022, 1-2pm ET

  • Topic: Tools & Tricks for Planning, Documenting, and Grading, Required Campus Life Activities

December 16, 2022, 1-2pm ET

February 10, 2023, 1-2pm ET

April 7, 2023, 1-2pm ET


Past Events

Google Doc with past meeting notes

Supporting Community Life Engagement in College
Date: June 10, 2022
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Sulewski, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMB
Summary: Jennifer explained the 4 guideposts for quality community life engagement with discussion about the nuances of supporting students to truly engage in campus life with friends within and without the IPSE program. Kathy asked for anyone who might be interested in writing a brief with Jennifer with examples from college campus engagement aligned to the four guideposts. Let Kathy know if you are interested.

Resource Links
High Quality Community Life Engagement Support Brief

Dignity of Risk
Date: April 15, 2022
Presenters: University of Kansas - Jennifer Bumble; University of Missouri St. Louis -  Christopher Worth, Magen Rooney-Kron, Lindsay Athamanah, April Regester, Jonathan Lidgus
Summary: College students in general have an immense sense of freedom to take emotional, physical, and intellectual risks. Presenters discussed the access to Dignity of Risk that students with intellectual disability should have when in college. The presenters advocated 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.

Peer Mentor Models
Date: January 21, 2022
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.

Resource Links
Peer mentor models presentation recording and transcript
Tallahassee Community College Eagle Connections Program Mentoring Handbook
University of Georgia Peer Mentoring webpage
Vanderbilt Peer Mentors webpage
Think College Peer Mentoring Resources


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