Nell Koneczny is a fourth-year PhD student in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her doctoral research examines professor perspectives and actions on disability, accessibility and inclusion in the classroom. At UIC, she is one of two co-chairs on the Subcommittee on Disabled Student Experiences (SDSE) of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD). Along with Zoie Sheets and other UIC students, she co-created an accessible classroom training for UIC faculty, administrators, and teaching assistants. Additionally, she was a member of the student group that advocated for the creation of the Disability Cultural Center at UIC. Beyond this work, she is also an AUCD Emerging Leaders Intern. Outside of academia, she is a disability justice activist who focuses on promoting and cultivating accessible spaces.
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