The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu
Section Menu

The Beautiful Intersections of Identities

The Beautiful Intersections of Identities; Affirming Disability Identity and Culture

Our multiple and intersecting identities should be affirmed and celebrated. In this talk, liz will highlight the impact of their identities both personally and professionally. They will give a preview of their PhD research on disability cultural centers and assert why disability culture and community is vital today more than ever. This talk will have something for everyone.

Elizabeth "liz" Anh Thomson (they/them/theirs) identifies as a disabled, bi/queer, gender non-conforming, Vietnamese adoptee. They have over 20 years of working in higher education mostly with underrepresented students. liz has taught Asian American Studies, Disability Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Currently, liz is the Director at the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota Morris, a small, public liberal arts university in west central rural MN and on the land of Dakota/Lakota and Anishinaabe peoples. Their PhD research focuses on disability cultural centers in higher education and will be defending this fall 2021.