Activities and Events

CDJR activities and events support our mission through community building, advocacy, scholarship, and inclusive teaching. Scroll down to learn about upcoming and recent activities including:


Celebration of the Anniversary of the ADA

Thursday, July 27th, 2 - 4pm, PE 140 Dance Studio

The Theatre and Dance Department, AXIS Dance Company, the Center for Disability Justice Research, and the Disability Justice Working Group collaborates on a celebratory event honoring the American with Disabilities Act.

AXIS Dance Company leads a discussion on Disability and the Arts from 2 - 3pm, and then we have a reception from 3 - 4pm celebrating AXIS Dance Company's collaborations with CSUEB and the ongoing legacy of the ADA.

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Past events - scroll down for more information

  • Disability Justice Proposal Brainstorming Session - December 5, 2022
  • Universal Design for Learning Drop In Peer Support Office Hours (completed for Fall 2022; check back for Spring 2023 dates)
  • CDJR Kick Off Gathering - October 21, 2022
  • Accessibility and Inclusion Ideathon - February 25-March 18
  • CDJR Book Club/Collaborative Workshop - February 17-March 10, 2023
  • Tabling at Lovefest and the Centers and Institutes Celebration - February 17, 2023
  • UDL office hours - monthly in Fall 2022
  • CDJR Kick-Off Gathering - October 21, 2022

Past event: Accessibility and Inclusion Ideathon


This year, as part of the Women in Leadership Forum, CDJR and the Smith Center collaborated on a joint initiative to bring awareness about the need for accessible, inclusive design and thinking in the workplace. Together, we ran an Accessibility and Inclusion Ideathon. Our first presenters, Executive Director Dr. Marina Vaserman and Transition Services Coordinator Mark Romoser from Open Mind School, lead an orientation on Feb 26th. Interdisciplinary teams then designed scalable solutions that organizations can implement to address barriers, increase access and promote inclusion for all in workplace settings. Learn more on the Women in Leadership page

A text-based version of the flyer image above is available here.

Past event: CDJR Book Club/Collaborative Workshop


CDJR, with support from the CSUEB Office of Faculty Development, offered a Book Club/Collaborative Workshop in Spring Semester 2023. Book club members read Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Laskshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Though most faculty understand that students with disabilities may receive accommodations, relatively few have had exposure to the principles of disability justice, an intersectional framework that goes far beyond accommodations. Disability justice calls on us to move towards collective liberation and envision “…a world in which every body and mind is known as beautiful.” 

Books were provided to faculty by the Office of Faculty Development. Upon completion of the 4-week session participants will receive a $400 honorarium.  Sarah Taylor (Social Work) and Sara McDaniel (Special Education) co-facilitated this virtual collaborative workshop on Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10.

Past event: Info Tables at Lovefest and the Showcase of Centers and Institutes


CDJR team members shared information about our new center at two campus events on Friday, February 17. The first event was the Principal Investigators’ Celebration, with a showcase of Centers and Institutes, hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The second was Lovefest, a celebration of love in all its infinite forms, hosted by the Theatre and Dance Department and Residence Hall Association. At both events, our mini heart fidget poppers with the CDJR logo were a hit! We enjoyed getting to connect with so many members of the CSUEB community!

Image description: Collage photo with five images of the tabling events. From top left: 1. CDJR Governing Board Member Dr. Christina Chin-Newman and CDJR Co-Director Dr. Shubha Kashinath, standing and smiling near the information table; 2. CDJR table at Lovefest showing flyers and mini heart fidget poppers; 3. Inviting performance space at Lovefest with purple lights; 4. MSW Student Dorris Cheng, CDJR Co-Director Dr. Sarah Taylor, and CDJR Governing Board Member Professor Scott Hopkins at the table at Lovefest; 5. A pile of colorful mini heart fidget poppers with CDJR logo tags.

Past event: Disability Justice Proposal Brainstorming Session

Photo by Jason Goodman on Unsplash. Five people are meeting. One person is standing at the front of the room pointing to a whiteboard covered in colorful post-it notes.
CDJR Co-Director and ORSP Faculty Fellow Dr. Shubha Kashinath hosted a disability justice proposal brainstorming session on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 1:30-3:00 PM to provide faculty with a space to discuss developing disability justice related grant, conference, and paper proposals. Stay tuned for future brainstorming sessions!

Past event: Universal Design for Learning Office Hours

CDJR welcomed all faculty to come to our drop-in virtual Universal Design for Learning (UDL) peer support office hours! These office hours provided an informal opportunity for faculty to brainstorm ways to make their teaching more inclusive and accessible for all learners. 

Past Event: CDJR Kick Off Gathering

CDJR hosted a celebratory launch party on October 21, 2022. The event included performances by Axis Dance Company and the CSUEB Wandering Ensemble as well as speeches by the Center Co-Directors, CSUEB President Cathy Sandeen, Hayward City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Sara Lamnin, community members, and CSUEB faculty, students, and alums. The event was part of the CSUEB Inclusive Performance Fest and coincided with  Forever Pioneer Week

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to or participated in this event, including Eric Kupers, Professor and Chair of Theatre and Dance; Haley Hayashi, Graduate Student Assistant; Travis Nelson, Director of Alumni Engagement; Bonnie Baskin, Master of Ceremonies; Axis Dance Company; The CSUEB Wandering Ensemble; and Center Co-Directors Shubha Kashinath and Sarah Taylor.


Image of the Wandering Ensemble performing at the Launch Party. Image shows eight dancers dressed in gold and white, some with arms raised above and others with arms outstretched. The dancers are diverse in many ways, including disability, age, gender, race, ethnicity, and more.


Image of Axis Dance Company performing at the Launch Party. Image shows five dancers dressed in black sme with their elbows out and hands on chest and others with the arms raised and bent at the elbows. The dancers are diverse in many ways, including disability, age, gender, race, ethnicity, and more.