FEATURED PLENARY SESSIONS
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
International Education: A Paradigm for Change
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Paul Primak, Director
Oregon University System (OUS) International Programs
Educating the whole person in today’s political, social, economic and cultural environment means expanding one’s perceptions beyond local surroundings. Through opportunities to live, study and work abroad, we gain an understanding of different cultures and our own place in that world. As the United States turns the corner to re-engage with the world, we need educated perspectives that come from direct contact and experience. This is a paradigm for change and our opportunity for growth at the personal, institutional, and national level.
Paul Primak was raised in the Azores, Japan, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico, and has lived in Oregon since 1971. His formal education was at Southern Oregon University as an undergraduate, and at the University of Oregon for graduate studies. Paul has worked for OUS International Programs since 1991 and became director in 2003. Paul directs the administration of Oregon University System (OUS) exchange programs and international internships. He also has direct responsibility for exchange programs in Denmark, Ecuador, and Mexico.
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION
Serving Those Who Serve: A Campus Response
Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Paul Grossman, J.D.
Hastings College of the Law
(Throughout this conference, Mr. Grossman is participating in his private capacity. The views expressed in his presentations will be the result of his independent research and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Department of Education or government.)
At the 2008 AHEAD conference we were “Called to Action” and made aware of the crucial needs of service men and women with disabilities. Veterans in college with acquired disabilities often confront bureaucratic procedures, ill-prepared or patronizing staff and unstructured social settings which may bewilder and frustrate them. As DS professionals we know that these issues are not going to be handled by “someone else” external to campus. Given our field's expertise in addressing college-wide accessibility issues from an increasingly UD perspective, DS professionals are well-suited to explore and lead a "whole-campus" approach to responding to our student veterans. This timely session will offer first-hand accounts, explore crucial student services issues and give you ideas to implement on your own campus.
Friday, July 24, 2009
12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Join your colleagues in this relaxed and collegial networking opportunity. Hear about AHEAD’s work and year-in-review, while acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to our field.
The featured program at the 2009 Awards Luncheon will be:
“MILLENNIAL STUDENTS AND DISABILITY LAW: EMERGING ISSUES”
Students who have grown up with technology and the culture that affects their generation have brought new challenges to institutions of higher education. Students who want to bring their comfort animal to exams and those who expect instant responses to e-mails or cell calls or who want unlimited time for exams present new issues. Combining millennial behavior with disability discrimination law requires administrators to know legal requirements and to develop a proactive approach to serving this generation of students.
Since beginning her academic career in 1976, Laura Rothstein has served on
the law faculties at five universities. She joined the Louis D. Brandeis School
of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000
(serving as dean until 2005). She has written twelve books and dozens of book
chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering
issues ranging from employment and special education to public accommodations
and access to health care. Her major work is in the area of disability issues
in higher education, particularly legal education.