Thursday, April 27, 2023



Friday, February 24, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST)



Secretary rotation confirmation (Bri / Megan)

Present: David Rooney, Michael Penniman, Brad Ferrier, Robert Butler, Bri Swope, Kristina Gordon, Natalie Gustin, Abbie Steuhm, Riel Sturchio, Rita Soenksen, Chuy Renteria

Approval of Minutes for previous meeting (David / Michael): Brad Ferrier motions to approve, Robert seconds. Minutes approved.

Treasury Report (Brad): January Live Captioning fee paid $594.90 remaining funds.

New Joining Member Intros Opportunity (Michael)


  • New CDA Liaison:  Jesus “Chuy” Renteria (they/them or he/him) Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Announcements / Updates:

  • Live Captioning proposal – funding secured (David, Chuy): David and Michael proposed funding for live captioning, Chuy submitted and Dr Tovar approved and the Division of DEI will be funding live captioning from here on.
  • Social media campaign update / first subjects (Elizabeth, Hallie)
  • Bill Sachter story telling exhibit: Kristina Gordon and the disabilities studies course will be partnering to compile information and the history to showcase
  • UISDAA - sharing updates? (Michael)
  • Brad Ferrier: thank you to Abbie and UISSDA and Bri and Inclusive Recreation in partnership with the IDEAS council to review accessibility at Hardin and Main Libraries
  • Natalie: cultural center, Natalie met with UISG to discuss funding and what they are hoping to have
  • Hallie: Thursday March 2: Deaf Blind Poet, essayist, historian and translator will be honored at the Krause Essay Prize award ceremony on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30pm at the UI Old Capitol Senate Chambers, where he will present his essay.
  • CDA Spring Social (SMA or Wild Bill’s) May 26  at Stanley Art Museum or Wild Bill’s -- (or support of Judy visit—social during Judy Heumann visit – Michael, Kristina and Michael will work on planning social event: The Spring Classic is March 11 in the Coralville area and includes basketball, basketball skills, cheerleading, gymnastics and powerlifting.
  • Special Olympics Event coming up (Kristina Gordon):
  • Polar Plunge: Special Olympics fundraiser, UI has a team and will plunge on campus on March 25 @ IMU Hubbard Park:
  • Spring Event Announcements (Bri)

Planning (Spring semester meetings - thru May 2023):

  • CDA Meeting Rundown – draft agenda thru May 2023
  • April meeting: Elections for new officers including co-presidents
  • Discussion: how does CDA approach requests for research / participants
    • What opportunities and how do we address requests?
    • When we get those requests, do we want to share with CDA? PWDs are a protected class so being sure to respect confidentiality.
    • Thoughts/Discussion on topic: For example: requests from 2 groups wanting to survey students as part of a larger survey

Action Items (before next meeting):

Meeting adjourned at 12:14 pm.

Post-meeting (Optional: 12:30 – 1 PM):  Social exchange for new members

Next meeting: Friday, March 24, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST) – Zoom