UCLA Committee on Disability / UCOD Meeting Notes (May 13, 2024)

UCOD Meeting Notes (May 13, 2024)

UCOD Meeting
May 13, 2024 / 2PM / Zoom


Voting Members:
Fang-I Chu, Emily Frake (proxy for Caitlin Solone), Michael Garafola, Adam Kipust, Christine Kling, Travis Lee, Carolanne Link, Sanaz Nabati, Quinn O’Connor, Sylvia Page, Kayla Kirsten Regalado, Sal Santa Ana (also proxy for Harold Pimental), Fanna Seman (proxy for Emilia Podesta), Nicholas Shinghal (arrived 3:10), Alexa Vaughn

Yasamin Boulourian

Katja Antoine, Mauricio Baker Mason, Rob Diaz, Nilaya Kanuri, Brandie Kirkpatrick, Nnamdi Mbanugo, Leroy Moore, Ariella Morrison, Feranmi Okanlami, Spencer Scruggs


1. Intros (Michael, 10 mins)

2. Leadership speeches and votes (Carolanne, 20 mins)

a. Leadership vote postponed to provide new members opportunity to participate.

b. Roles available: Chair, 2 Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer (new), Voting Facilitator, Physical Spaces Subcommittee Head, Events/Disability Pride Week Subcommittee Head, Technology/Website Subcommittee Head, Newsletter Subcommittee Head.

c. Carolanne will distribute a Google form to voting members to apply for these roles.

d. Chair and Vice Chair roles are elected by ranked choice voting. Chairs meet frequently to construct meeting agendas and strategize issues from the committee.

e. Secretary role takes meeting minutes and sends to EDI to be posted on the website

f. Voting facilitator role uses Google Forms to facilitate voting on leadership positions and other committee decisions.

g. Treasurer role is new and will manage funding for events, etc. Goal is to have a permanent funding line for the committee in future.

h. Physical Spaces Subcommittee meets weekly to support Meta Map and other projects.

i. Technology/Website Subcommittee supports UCOD’s web presence, currently housed on the EDI website.

j. Events/Disability Pride Week Subcommittee involves supporting DPW programming and other events.

Note to avoid scheduling DPW events on Indigenous Peoples’ Day next year.

k. Newsletter Subcommittee head meets weekly, manages submissions, and meets with Strategic Communications.

l. Michael is assembling an Adaptive Sports Task Force.

Discussion about the inaccessibility of recreational facilities, including needing space for service animals and wheelchairs.

m. Any member can propose a subcommittee at the June meeting.

3. Newsletter theme and ask (Newsletter team, 10 mins)

a. The June issue will be graduation themed. If you are a student or know a student with a disability who would like to be highlighted, please contact the Newsletter Subcommittee at disability@ucla.edu.

b. Please let subcommittee know if you have events from mid-June to mid-July: Newsletter Events Submission Form.

4. Physical spaces working group introduction (Carolanne, 10 mins)

a. Group is in the early stages of establishing priorities.

5. Krip-Hop event in October

a. Leroy is working on this event. Could coincide with DPW.

6. Accessible Instruction Working Group (Travis, 10 mins)

a. Senate Response

b. Two trainings in development: training faculty on the accommodation process, and training on digital compliance.

c. Teaching and Learning Center has endorsed the training on the accommodation process, may involve in-person components.

d. Current legislation going through California State Senate requiring community colleges and CSUs and highly encouraging UCs to have mandatory training on accommodations and digital accessibility.

7. Adjournment at 3pm

8. Voting members vote on speaking rules

a. Vote postponed until language is clarified and intro paragraph is added.

Action Items

  1. Carolanne will distribute leadership roles Google form to voting members.

Items for Next Meeting Agenda

  1.  Proposal of new subcommittees.