VIDEO: Creating an accessible, inclusive campus
President Armacost invites Sara Kaiser, director of the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, to talk about accessibility on campus
UND President Andrew Armacost is joined by Sara Kaiser, director of the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, to discuss accessibility on UND’s campus for this week’s video message.
Of note, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will soon be changing its name to Community Standards & Accessibility for Students, Kaiser says. The change is meant to help students better understand the services her team provides.
The core of their work is helping students for whom college life perhaps isn’t going to plan, whether in relation to circumstances, behaviors or other barriers to living and learning at UND.
Efforts are being made around campus through collaborations with departments such as Facilities and the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy to improve accessibility for all at UND, Kaiser says, including wider walkways and more accessible entrances.
When Armacost asks how faculty and staff can support those with visible and nonvisible disabilities in the campus community, Kaiser says intentionality and awareness are good starting points when planning events, meetings and engagements with students and peers.
Armacost agrees, noting, “This is about thinking about other human beings and what they might need to get the full experience that we want to offer them.”
Also in the video, Community Standards staff join Kaiser and Armacost to share what they love about their office before wishing the campus community a great summer.