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‘Beyond Allyship: Disability Rights and Public Service’

Feb 8 @ 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

A headshot of Judy Heumann, a cis-gender white woman who is a wheelchair user with short brown hair. She is wearing brown glasses, a maroon and black embroidered cardigan with the top buttoned, and a matching maroon shirt. She is smiling kindly.

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program invites you to a conversation with Judith Heumann and Fernando Torres-Gil. The conversation will focus on how individuals and organizations can move beyond disability allyship to engage in coalition building and adopt an intersectional approach to policy making. This session is open to student leaders pursuing careers in public service who are interested in examining the intersections of disability, public service, and advocacy. Participants are invited to submit questions to help guide the conversation.

The event will have CART captioning, ASL interpretation, and be recorded.

For questions about the event, please email undergraduateinfo@luskin.ucla.edu.

For a full schedule of the UCLA Regents’ Lecture with Judith Heumann, click here.



Register to receive the Zoom meeting link here.



Judith Heumann
About Judith Heumann: Judy is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Her memoir, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist“, co-authored by Kristen Joiner, was published in 2020. She is also featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution“, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Judy produces a podcast called “The Heumann Perspective“, which features a variety of members from the disability community.

Judy serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Humanity and Inclusion and Human Rights Watch. She is also a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Prior to starting the Judith Heumann LLC, she served in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

You can purchase a signed copy of Judith Heumann’s memoir, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” at the UCLA Store here.

Fernando Torres-Gil
Fernando M. Torres-Gil’s multifaceted career spans the academic, professional, and policy arenas. He is a Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA, an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, and Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. His academic contributions have earned him membership in the prestigious Academies of Public Administration, Gerontology and Social Insurance. His research spans important topics of health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging.

In 2010 he received his third presidential appointment (with Senate Confirmation) when President Barack Obama appointed him as Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that reports to the Congress and White House on federal matters related to disability policy. During his public service in Washington, D.C., he also served as Staff Director of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging. For a complete bio click here.