Published: Sept. 19, 2023

CU Boulder Disability Symposium is scheduled for Oct. 2-6 virtually and in person

Focusing on a commitment to “centering the experiences of persons with disabilities on campus,” the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the 2023 CU Boulder Disability Symposium.

The symposium will focus on a range of topics, including navigating higher education systems while diagnosed with a disability; universal design principles and application in the classroom; disability etiquette; STEM access for students with disabilities; and more.

“When we talk about diversity, equity and inclusion in public settings, and highlight a lot of groups that have been historically excluded, a group that does not seem to get as much attention are individuals with disabilities, whether apparent or not apparent,” says David Braz, a faculty affairs coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences. “When we asked what we could do for these populations, the answers weren’t as formed as they are for other populations.”

Along with colleague Gavin Laing, a faculty affairs coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences, Braz applied for and received grants from the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Innovation Fund and the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The symposium has been made possible through the efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, University Libraries, the Be Well program, CU Disability Services, the Office of People, Engagement and Culture and a student in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The symposium aims to inform students, staff and faculty but is open to the general public.

Registration is required. Links to register are included with each presentation, and each registration page includes the option to request accommodation if needed for registering.

Please note that some symposium attendees and participants may be immunocompromised. All attendees are encouraged to wear a mask while in attendance. 

Each year, CU Boulder strives to create an experience that is accessible and accommodates the needs of those with disabilities. If you identify as having a disability, you will have an opportunity to indicate any accommodation requirements when you register using our online registration system. Please also feel free to e-mail us at to let us know how we can better enhance your experience.

Disability Symposium 2023