Strategies for Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in NIDILRR-funded Projects

About the Webcast

Disability is an essential aspect of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) yet is sometimes overlooked in efforts to promote DEI. In this webcast, Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) discusses disability and DEI intersectionality, describes NIDILRR’s view of its own role in promoting DEI, and offers recommendations to current and would-be NIDILRR grantees about how to promote DEI in the work NIDILRR funds.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt

Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt was appointed to serve as the Director of ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) on May 24, 2021. Dr. Forber-Pratt began her research career in 2006, and her primary area of expertise is disability identity development. Prior to joining ACL, she served as an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching courses and serving as a mentor to undergraduate students and thesis advisor for candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees, she served as principal investigator for research projects covering a range of disability issues, including training of special education teachers, experiences of students with disabilities at every education level, and identity development. She has authored 33 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author or co-author of a number of textbook chapters.

A two-time Paralympian and medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, Dr. Forber-Pratt has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. Globally, she is involved with disability advocacy efforts related to access to employment, education and sport. She was honored with the inaugural American Psychological Association Citizen Psychologist Award for Advancing Disability as a Human Rights and Social Justice Issue Award in 2020 and was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a 2018 Emerging Scholar. In 2013, she was awarded the American Association of People with Disabilities’ prestigious Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Also in 2013, she was named a Champion of Change by the White House and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.