"Disability Visibility at USF" Podcast Interview Series

As a follow-up of Alice Wong's virtual event in October 2021, the USF Humanities Institute interviewed students at the University of South Florida to talk about their involvement with disability studies, research, and advocacy.

This "Disability Visibility at USF" podcast interview series, hosted by HI Director, Liz Kicak, provides a platform for interviewed guests to share their story with the USF and Tampa community.   

episode 1: kasey nichols

Kasey Nichols is a Senior Psychology student at USF. Kasey shares her experiences with Student Accessibility Services and accommodations on campus as a student with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Kasey responds to Alice Wong's work as an inspiration for her interest in disability advocacy and shares how her studies in Psychology are linked to this advocacy work.

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episode 2: Hawa Allarakhia

Hawa Allarkhia is a doctoral candidate in Ed.D program at USF. Hawa is also a Graduate Assistant in the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Office at USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus. In this interview episode, Hawa shares about her research as well as her experiences navigating USF's education program with a disability.

Hawa's research interests for her Masters in Education, completed in 2018, was a professional development course for faculty relating to accommodating students with disabilities in post-secondary education. Her proposed dissertation will explore the knowledge and ability of USF faculty to accommodate students with disabilities using a descriptive survey.

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Episode 3: mel dayan

Mel Dayan is a Senior at the USF St. Pete campus. Mel shares about her experience navigating campus as a student with Generalized Dystonia. From sprinklers to wheelchair ramps, Mel talks about the challenges with landscaping and buildings that affect how she gets around campus and the importance of awareness and mindfulness.

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Episode 4: Theresa gallo

Theresa Gallo is an Anthropology major at USF. As a student with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, Theresa talks about the importance of advocacy for self and others. Part of her experience at USF included having a helpful support network and a major that is all about understanding where people come from. Check out this podcast episode to hear Theresa's story.

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