Sustaining an Organization Focused on the Success of Students with Disabilities Post Graduation
Ana Kohout ’21, Lake Forest, Illinois
Major: Education & Youth Studies and Interdisciplinary Major in Disability Studies
I will present on how A Place For Us, a national, disabled student led organization that I started last year, is progressing and what our future plans are for sustaining it after I graduate. A Place For Us aims to create a virtual space for students with disabilities to connect, network, and empower one another through peer mentorship that spans from high school through college. A Place For Us has created a space of belonging, learning, and activism for students with disabilities nationally.
I will discuss how far we have come this past year, as we now have a website, twenty-four college mentors nationally, a Board of Directors, and have put on many successful virtual and international events! I will then lay out our plan for how we plan to expand our network and fully implement our mentorship program, receive nonprofit status, become more intersectional, and how A Place For Us will continue growing once I have graduated. Our end goal is to increase the number of students with disabilities who succeed in higher education and feel confident as they graduate from colleges and universities across the United States!