2020 Student Life Disability Services Award Recipients
May 21, 2020
Each year, Student Life Disability Services recognizes those who have made an exemplary commitment to access and inclusion on campus. This includes the department’s top honor, the Dick Maxwell Award. Named after the former assistant director of Disability Services, Maxwell was an early leader in ensuring that Ohio State was accessible.
Dick Maxwell Award
Student Life Disability Services has awarded the 2020 Dick Maxwell Award to Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Fisher College of Business. This award is named after an Ohio State alumnus, former SLDS staff member and disability access leader. It is given annually to a staff or faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution and significantly improved the quality of the higher educational experience for a student with a disability or within their department in respect to students with disabilities. Sarah promoted access through introducing the undergraduate team in the Office of Career Management to resources provided by SLDS as well as Lime Connect, a premier resource that connects students with disabilities to scholarships, internships and full-time careers. Nationally, Sarah is involved with the National Association of Colleges and Employers, where she worked with career services staff from other universities to identify issues for students with disabilities. As a result, she created and chaired a new committee, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) for the University Career Services Committee. This committee focuses on sharing information for programs, services and resources for students with disabilities. We thank Sarah for her dedication and commitment to providing access to all students.
Outstanding Graduate Student Advocate Award
The 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Advocate has been awarded by Student Life Disability Services to Shannon Thacker Cregg. Shannon recently received her Master’s degree in the Department of Arts, Administration and Policy. She has been an exemplary advocate for disability access and inclusion as a scholar, presenting multiple poster presentations on the intersection of art museum education and disability. As a Teaching Assistant she attended to curricular and digital course accessibility. She implemented professional development workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art for artists with and without disabilities, has volunteered at the Reel Abilities Film Festival and mentored student artists. Shannon has interned at Art Possible, where she helped write grants to fund arts programming for residents of Boundless, which helps counteract the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses through exhibitions. Congratulations and thank you, Shannon, for your dedication!
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Advocate Award
Student Life Disability Services has awarded the 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Advocate Award to Meredith Kromalic. Meredith is a full-time student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Disability Studies, pre-occupational therapy track. She is the president of the Students Supporting People with Down Syndrome (SSPDS) and is the Secondary Leader for the Best Buddies chapter at Ohio State. This group brings awareness and education to fellow students and advocates for individuals with Down syndrome. They hold several events each semester for this community. Meredith has been a leader in two key programs that the group provides – The Proud to Be Me Fashion Show and Your Night Out. Congratulations, Meredith, and thank you for your commitment and advocacy to this community.