Faculty, staff, and students from Tennessee’s postsecondary education programs presented at the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance Capacity Building Institute on April 16 & 17, 2015. Hosted by the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at the Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health, the inaugural event welcomed 23 colleges & universities from eight Southeastern states.
Cate Weir, Think College Program Director, opened the Capacity Building Institute with information about the national trends in IPSE. The opening keynote was given by Dr. George Benson, former president of College of Charleston, who spoke on breaking down barriers in higher education to achieve inclusion. Jim Thompson, the 2014-15 University of Georgia Student Government Association Vice President, spoke about how IPSE is a service to all students, not simply those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To close out the two-day event, Claire Bible, an IPSE graduate, current student at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin, and a self-advocate with Down syndrome, gave the final keynote address.
The Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance promotes resource development, collaboration, peer-to-peer education, and access to quality IPSE opportunities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, & beyond.
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