Desiree Klemm-Kafel, associate director of disability resources at Washington University in St. Louis, presented a workshop at a symposium hosted by the City University of New York’s School of Law, “Coalition Building and Intersectionality in Legal Education”.
The workshop, titled “Legal Education and Bridging the Gaps for First Generation Students and Students with Disabilities,” explored how to increase opportunities for historically marginalized students, including first generation students and students with disabilities, and how to create a sense of belonging in legal education. Klemm-Kafel is passionate about this topic because of her background experience in the legal profession as a first-generation disabled person.
The symposium was a collaboration between the Law School Anti-Racism Consortium, a coalition of 10 New York-based law schools, and the Reaffirming Individuals Supporting Education Alliance. It took place on September 30 in New York.
Klemm-Kafel joined Disability Resources in November. She works with faculty and campus partners to ensure students with disabilities have inclusive and equitable experiences. A licensed attorney, she also liaises with the University of Washington Law School.
Disability Resources advocates for equitable access and inclusion for students with disabilities and is responsible for determining and coordinating accommodations for students with disabilities at WashU.