Friday, October 27, 2023



Friday, September 22nd, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST)


In attendance: David Rooney, Elizabeth Wallace, Hallie Abelman, Kristina Gordon, Michael Penniman, Megan Meyer, Wendy Robertson, Bri Swope, T.M. Weissenberger, Rita Soenksen, Bailey Anderson, Len Sandler, Hannah Wollack, Gianna Marshall, Brad Ferrier


Secretary rotation confirmation (David)

Approval of Minutes for previous meeting (Michael / Bri)

  • Discussion – none
  • Hallie motioned; Elizabeth seconded. Unanimously approved.

Treasury Report (Hallie)

  • Previously met with budgeting consultation, like last year and considerations for budgets.

New Joining Member Acknowledgement (Michael)

  • Hannah introduced herself from SDS.

T.M. proposed orientation for disability awareness for newcomers to campus as a resource with discussion; shared resources with Kristina Gordon who teaches the Intro course on campus.

Announcements / Updates:

  • Regents Institutions Disability Summit October 26th 11:30-1:15 (TM) – funded by DEI and hosted on rotation for Regent schools – UI’s turn this year. Registration required.
    • Tabling volunteers? – timeline 11:30 – 1:30. Logistics and sign-ups with Co-Chairs.
  • ADA celebration & Sen Harkin visit (Bri) – change in plans -working with Sen Harkin’s team and UI Lecture series and honor with award; possible venue Senate Chambers and combine with ADA celebration.  More info to come. Considering three date options, in calendar year, but post-October.
  • Adaptive rock-climbing clinic December 3rd, call for volunteers (funding request) (Bri)
    • Paradox Sports providing clinic and training and adaptive climbing with training on 12/2.
    • Trying to secure funding and need amounts
    • T.M. and Elizabeth suggesting photographers and adds to CDA social media -Elizabeth requested photo releases and vetted through legal services.
  • Hey Buddy, I'm Bill Exhibit now open at the Main Library! Gallery website information and visit planning ( (Michael)
    •  Opening ceremony update & Rain Man with Barry Morrow viewing recap
      • Brad gave debrief about talk afterwards with stories about Bill and reactions from Barry and wife, Bev. Combined Efforts performed and virtual exhibit is in the works.
      • Next day, shared about making of Rain Man movie and inspirations for Raymond character.
  • DEI “celebrations” website update for acknowledgements-Charles Taylor (Bri)
    • Send events to
    • October is disability employment awareness month.
      • Bri shared DEI website showing October awareness month

Planning (Fall remainder meetings - thru December 2023):

  • Social media campaign update (Elizabeth) – Call to action
    • Elizabeth updated group on idea and volunteering stories with shared document
  • Any agenda items to add?

Action Items (before next meeting):

Next meeting: Friday, October 27th, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (CST) – Zoom

Submitted by David Rooney, October 23, 2023