SLDS Honors 2022 Award Recipients
July 7, 2022
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 2022 Dick Maxwell Award to Mollie Workman, Career Technology Program Manager, Buckeye Careers. This award is named after an Ohio State alumnus, former SLDS staff member and disability access leader. The award 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. Mollie manages the university-wide career management system (Handshake) in collaboration and partnership with the college and regional campus career services offices. She conducts trainings and outreach for Handshake and provides hands-on support on other Buckeye Careers initiatives, including The Ohio State University Fall Career and Internship Fair. In her time as the Career Technology Program Manager, Mollie’s unrelenting commitment to advocating for, and providing, equitable access to Handshake for students with disabilities has set a high standard for accessibility within the Ohio State career services community. Mollie partners with the ADA Coordinator’s Office and the Digital Accessibility Center, and serves as a liaison between Ohio State and Handshake, advocating for Handshake to meet Ohio State’s accessibility standards every step of the way. Additionally, Mollie leads a team of career services professionals across campus to ensure that every college office is aware of any changes and improvements with accessibility in Handshake. Furthermore, she socializes best practices for helping students with disabilities access Handshake to colleagues in every college. We thank Mollie for her advocacy and for advancing the standard for accessible career services.
The Celena Irby Award is presented to a student employee of SLDS who has demonstrated a positive attitude, given exemplary assistance, and provided dedicated service to students with disabilities. The 2022 Celena Irby Award winners are: Fakhtah Abdulla, Bridget O’Boyle, Marry Harris, Raina Rindani, Prarthana Singh, Abby Shuster, and Nautica Vance. Congratulations and many thanks for your outstanding dedication and support of our students!
Outstanding Student Advocate Award
Student Life Disability Services has awarded the 2022 Outstanding Student Advocate Award to Shea Daley. Throughout law school, Shea has prioritized volunteering for a new non-profit that supports children on the autism spectrum in Warren County, Ohio. At Ohio State, Shea has stewarded the committee for the 2022 Inter-Professional Summit: Buckeyes Learn the Spectrum. The summit convenes professionals from the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and law to inform and educate the professional student community on how to better serve the needs of patients and clients on the autism spectrum. Shea worked to ensure that summit participants learn directly from those on the autism spectrum. Congratulations, Shea, and thank you for your commitment and advocacy!