WATCH: WPCC student Hannah Surby talks about the Chalk the Walk during Diversability Month at Western Piedmont.

Championing Accessibility & Inclusion

Diversability 2021 is WPCC’s annual disability awareness event, sponsored by the Student Government Association, coordinated by the Office of Disability Services, and supported by the Western Piedmont Foundation. Other partners include: the Recreation Therapy Assistant program, the Fine Arts program, the Library/Academic Success Center, and TRIO Student Support Services.

 

A month-long event – Diversability celebrates diversity, focusing on disabilities, and creating a culture of understanding, acceptance & inclusion!

Here Are Ways You Can Participate!

Students Drawing Diversability Messages on the sidewalks in front of Moore Hall

Chalk The Walks
(All Month Long!)

October 4-29, 2021

Help spread the word! During Diversability month, share a supportive message through art or words using chalk on any campus sidewalk or in your neighborhood.
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How to Participate

 
  1. Choose a disability-related message that promotes a positive culture of inclusion and accessibility.
  2. Get your chalk from Student Services in Hildebrand Hall or use your own.
  3. Choose a well-located sidewalk square and complete your chalk art message.
  4. Not on campus? Students can participate by drawing on any surface at their home.
  5. If you are on social media, post a picture of your drawing. Include the hashtag #wpccdiversability2021 or email photo to studentservices@wpcc.edu to have your photo posted on Instagram for you.
 
Sidewalk art will be captured by various WPCC’s photographers throughout the month. Selected chalk drawings/messages (best representing the theme of Diversability) will be posted to WPCC’s Social Media. Please include your name on any drawings you do so you can get credit and be included in a weekly drawing to receive a $10 gift card. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors are encouraged to participate. Ends October 29th.

 

YouTube Watch-A-Thon
(All Month Long!)

Listen to the stories and perspectives of individuals who have firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to accomplish life goals while navigating barriers and overcoming limitations. To be entered into a weekly $10 gift card drawing, let us know what videos you watch! Just send an email to studentservices@wpcc.edu and list the names of the videos you viewed. Your name will go in to the drawing that many times. Watch a few at a time and enter each week! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Weekly winners will be notified by email each Friday in October.

YouTube Watch-A-Thon will also be available on the big screen in Leviton Auditorium in Moore Hall on Diversability’s Kick-Off Days October 4 & 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Example of YouTube video

 

Miniature Horses on WPCC Main Campus with students

Therapeutic
Miniature Horses

October 4 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grassy Commons in front of Patton Hall

Visit with the special miniature horses who live and work with Successful Strides in Morganton as part of our kick-off activities. These animals are used in learning activities and you will have the chance to interact with the horses and learn more about how they are assisting others in reaching their goals.


 

Diversability
Tie-Dye T-Shirts

October 4 & 5 • 10:00 a.m. until T-Shirts Run Out
Free T-Shirts to First 50 Students Each Day
Grassy Commons

Come have fun and tie-dye a t-shirt (students only)!

a student models a tie-dye t-shirt

 

Photo of art displayed as part of the Nothing About Us Without Us gallery

Nothing About Us Without Us Gallery

October 4-29
Goodfellow Art Gallery, WPCC Library, Phifer Hall

Visit the gallery to learn more about the challenges, triumphs, and resources related to disability.


 

The Amazing Accessibility Race

Wednesday, October 20
WPCC Main Campus

Back by popular demand, the Amazing Accessibility Race pits teams against a “race course” made up of various common activities students have to perform while at WPCC. However, the team has to complete the race while being “disabled” in some manner (i.e. in a wheelchair, etc.). The race illustrates both the challenges disabled students experience completing common tasks and some of the ways they may overcome these obstacles.

For more information or to sign up for the race, please contact Karla Lanier at klanier@wpcc.edu.