My name is Julian and my pronouns are he/him. I am a disabled queer artist. I am a junior anthropology major at Bryn Mawr College. I am passionate about fighting ableism at BMC. In the 2018-2019 school year I will be taking on the role of Access Services Coordinator. This means that I will be serving as a liaison between the administration (Deb Alder in the Access Services Office, the Dean’s Office, etc) and the student body. I will also hold events on campus with the goal of creating awareness and conversation surrounding disability, access, and inclusion on campus. I am also working for the Teaching and Learning Institute during the 2018-2019 school year as a Student Consultant. In this role I will be working one-on-one with a professor to discuss their teaching practices, and more specifically, Universal Design for Learning. After graduation, I hope to continue working in higher education to support disabled students in creating accessible and inclusive spaces on campus.
My drive for thinking about inclusion (and exclusion) comes from an experience I had during my sophomore year of college. During this time I was hospitalized for a severe manic episode associated with my bipolar disorder. When I was released from the hospital, the Dean’s Office and Dr. Bazelon decided together that I would not be allowed to live on campus for the rest of the semester. It broke my heart when what had previously been a loving and supportive place became so hostile to me. I’m back at Bryn Mawr now, and fighting for my place in the community. I belong here– even when I am severely mentally ill.
To me, my blog is an important way of creating openness, honesty, and accountability within the community, especially when it comes to creating change for professors, faculty, and staff. It is also an important way of preserving activism and creating institutional memory. I hope to write about my role as Access Services Coordinator here, and have already written about my work on advocating for changing institutional medical leave policies.