Building Equity and Excellence in Disability Services: How to Encourage and Increase Ethnically Diverse Participation in Higher Education Services

Author: Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews joined the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) in August 2015. She relocated to Anchorage from Northern Virginia where she worked at George Mason University as the Associate Director of Disability Services. Prior to working at George Mason, Ms. Andrews was the Director of Disability Services at Strayer University serving more than 100 nationwide campuses. She truly believes that “Disability Rights Are Civil Rights!” She has 12 years of experience as a K12 special education teacher in Arizona and Michigan where she worked with cross-categorical special needs students primarily from first generation, Mexican families and a wide range of diverse populations. Growing up during the civil rights era, Andrews has personal experience with the fight against racial discrimination and is a fierce advocate for social justice, continuing her advocacy as Chair of the AHEAD Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Disability SIG. She was a strong contributor to UAA’s Diversity Inclusion and Action plan serving as co-chair for the DSS Subcommittee advocating for disability as diversity. Ms. Andrews earned her BS degree from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in Elementary and Special Education and a Master of Education degree in Adult...