The SFSU chapter of DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring) has come together to write an open letter to the SF State community regarding the concerning lack of disability inclusion in diversity conversations throughout the campus. We’re circulating this letter for folks to read, add their signatures if they’d like to show support, and to share widely.
To do so, please go to the following Google Form (which includes a link in the description to read the letter).
We thank everyone for such an awesome first semester of DREAM. This is our first newsletter. First we have a statement from our director, and in the following sections we have poetry from DREAM members, a profile on a disabled model, and book reviews. We hope you enjoy!
A note from our director:
It’s been a helluva school year to say the least. I’m so grateful for everyone who has had a chance to come to a DREAM event, joined our Discord server, and especially the DREAM leadership team that I threw together at the beginning of this semester. The dedication to turn this idea for an organization into reality virtually overnight through Zoom has been astonishing. We have held workshops, speakers, and most importantly eye opening discussions on what it means to be a disabled person.
Funny enough, one of the first issues we ran into was around the world “disabled.” Until embarking on this journey, I had no idea how decisive that term is. Some prefer “differently-abled,” “crip,” or even something along the lines of “divergently-abled.” And while I can understand the frustration as the term “disabled” can look a billion different ways, I hope regardless of your preferred term we can band together.