DO-IT staff members Scott Bellman and Lyla Crawford were both recently invited to join different committees. Scott accepted a chair position within the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE), while Lyla is happy to be joining the advisory committee of Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers (UI).
Through 2019, Scott will serve as chair of the GCDE Membership Committee, which sets priorities for member engagement, makes appointment recommendations to the governor, and guides policy for new member recruitment and selection. The GCDE advises the governor on legislature that affects people with disabilities; assures policies create equal opportunities and access to employment, education, healthcare, and public services; and provides training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues.
Lyla joins the nationally-known UI, which facilitates communication among individuals who participate in broadening participation programs. They ensure that social scientists, graduate students, education researchers, program evaluators, and faculty are all disseminating and sharing information on how to create a diverse field.
UI aims to “positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development.” The next UI conference will meet in Baltimore in March 2018.
Congratulations to both Scott and Lyla, and we look forward to the great work they will be doing.