Leading with Civil Rights for Social Justice through a universal design lens, so that everyone is treated like a person, socializes people with differences in the community and sees people for their ability. Inclusivity is the goal that makes sense to that individual in the ways they want to be included, not by making people feel isolated because of their disability and conforming to what society considers normative. It allows people to change the world with their ability while educating the world about their disability.
A person with a disability is not disabled unless their environment produces barriers that does not give them access and opportunity.
Example: If I build a building with a second and third floor, and I do not add an elevator and stairs, an able-bodied person has become disabled to access the opportunities on the second and third floors.
"Progress toward equity is dependent first and foremost on the acknowledgment that ableism exists in schools."
I see diversity as a valuable asset; I hope to support and empower students to find their place in a community that is welcoming and accessible to everyone and that celebrates our many differences.
I hold a Master of Science in Assistive Technology and Human Services. As such, I am interested in exploring how students with disabilities can utilize technology to improve their learning experiences.
I serve our students by helping them identify their access barriers, and using accommodations to effectively support their access. I also lead the SDS Programming and Outreach Team, which aims to enhance access across campus by inviting partners to regard accessibility as something in which we all have a role in shaping.
Accessibility and incorporating tenants of Universal Design in our day-to-day lives are critical in fostering a social shift towards equity both on-campus and off. I want students and campus partners alike to know that I’m a resource and a person who will affirm all the identities they hold, and do all I can to make their experiences here at Cornell equitable.
I coordinate many of the logistics of our department, particularly for specific services.
I feel it is important for students with both visible and nonvisible disabilities to have equitable access to all that Cornell has to offer.
My role is to help students navigate the Health Leave of Absence process and university bureaucracy before, during, and after a leave. My goal is to facilitate a smooth and efficient exit from the university when a student determines that they need to take time away for reasons related to a disability or physical/mental health reason. I use a holistic approach to help students position themselves well to resume their studies and access the student experience at Cornell. I also serve as a liaison between academic units, administrative units, students, and families.
I primarily work with students that identify as having a print-based disability. Print-based disabilities are widely misunderstood and often invisible to others. I work with this diverse community to ensure they have the resources needed to access their required class readings in a meaningful way.
Furthermore, my ambition is to keep pushing Cornell to consider this population of the disabled community when selecting, creating, and distributing course materials. This challenging work is vital in upholding the Cornell University motto “…where any person can find instruction in any study.”
Andrea (Andi) Dietrich
I provide accessible formats of course materials to students with hearing, visual, text, and mobility disabilities.
Campus access is important because every student should have an equal opportunity to learn.
My role is to assist students, faculty, and our community in finding the help and resources to make their experience with SDS successful.
"Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream."
The importance of inclusivity and equity is immeasurable, especially on a college campus. I believe whole-heartedly that everyone deserves equal opportunity and treatment when it comes to their education; that no one should be turned away or discriminated against due to their race, social class, gender, sexual preference, or educational background, and Student Disability Services believes this, too.
My role at SDS is to assist students with their academic accommodation requests. I do this work with intention, curiosity, and with immense pride. Every day I strive to provide students with the tools they need to bridge barriers and preform at their best.