Another #AntiAbleistComposition feature for today is a set of essays on embodiment and movement by Dr. Jennifer Lin LeMesurier. Dr. LeMesurier is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She has previously taught at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington.
“Access means everything! Typically, architects tend to only consider those who are able bodied and do the bare minimum to make sure the buildings don’t violate the ADA. But there is so much more that needs to be considered. Society is used to making our daily surroundings look “normal.” However, steps are not the norm for some! For some, steps are a barrier. Something as simple as the bathroom is even a barrier, especially when you can’t fit your motorized chair, your service animal or even go through your monthly cycle because the space was not built to fit you. Classrooms have to change! Bathrooms have to change! Daily spaces that should incorporate everyone have to change! Access is happiness, and it begins with an A because it comes first and it signifies all.”
Today’s feature is “The Structural Vulnerability of Doctoral Students” by Kristina Gupta in Feminist Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, 2018, pp. 409-423.
From the article:
“Only admit graduate students if you can offer them a living wage and healthcare for five years. If this is not possible, at the very least be forthcoming with admitted students about the funding package in relation to local living costs and average time to degree and help students locate and apply for internal and external funding opportunities.” (418)