Human Rights and Diversity Committee
The Human Rights and Diversity Committee (HRDC) seeks to foster DCDT’s commitment to diversity by creating a platform for special education professionals, families, students, and leaders to collaborate, share resources and expertise, and work to influence policies, practices, research, and laws advancing equity and social justice. To this end, the HRDC recognizes the importance of experiential and other forms of knowledge, addresses structural inequities, and promotes advocacy, high expectations, and improved outcomes for transitioning youths from traditionally marginalized communities.
Further, The HRDC fosters critical, culturally inclusive and responsive transition practices guided by the following tenets:
- Transition practices, research, and policies should reflect a deep understanding of intersecting identities (e.g. class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability) and how the intersections mediate access to privilege and positive post-secondary outcomes.
- Transition practices and research should promote the development of sociocultural awareness, including the critique of the master narrative, creation of counter-narratives, and critical cultural literacy.
- Transition practices and research should be grounded in community well-being and community-based knowledge.
- Culturally Responsive Transition Programing (CRTP) involves using an asset-based framework to foster connections between content, transition practices, professional dispositions and students’ cultures for the purpose of improving transition outcomes and experiences for all students and their families.
Suk, A. L., Sinclair, T. E., Osmani, K. J., & Williams-Diehm, K. (2020). Transition Planning: Keeping Cultural Competence in Mind. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 43(2), 122-127.
Please join us for committee meetings on the second Monday of every month at 9am (PST) 12pm (EST).
March 8, 2021
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 15, 2021
July 12, 2021
Meeting ID: 997 3555 7265
If you are a practitioner and cannot make the meetings but want to stay involved please email James Sinclair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
James Sinclair, Ph.D., Chairperson
James Sinclair, Ph.D. is a Research Associate in the Center of Human Development at the University of Oregon. Dr. Sinclair has been a member of the Division on Career Development and Transition for the past 10 years. He has served as a Representative Assembly member for the past three years and was the Patricia Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award winner in 2016. His area of research is broadly focused on the promotion of positive post-school outcomes for individuals who have been traditionally marginalized, stigmatized, and excluded in accessing their education. James primarily researches adolescent youth who experience an educational disability and a mental health disability. Additional areas of focus include the identification of evidence-based and research-based practices that promote positive post-school outcomes for individuals with disabilities, as well as, researching how best to support adolescents from diverse backgrounds, systems involved youth, and access to sex education.