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Disability at Stanford

The Disability at Stanford Oral History Project aims to document the personal histories of members of the Stanford community living with disabilities, pose questions about relationships between identity and disability, and shed light on the lived experience of disability at Stanford, including day-to-day experiences, academic learning and research, social and extracurricular activities, and workplace responsibilities. An additional goal is to chronicle the history of student activism and institutional efforts regarding disability at Stanford, including historical origins and key turning points; the aims, strategies, and outcomes of student groups; and the evolution of institutional offices and policies. The project seeks varied perspectives, including accounts from: undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty, and staff members with disabilities; key participants in various disability advocacy groups at Stanford; staff members in charge of support for students with disabilities and/or ADA compliance; and faculty members who study and/or teach about disability. The project also seeks representation from a variety of historical time periods and across different types of disabilities, fields of study, genders and sexualities, and racial/ethnic identities.

A combined effort of Stanford alums, the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program, and the Stanford University Archives, the project was launched in the summer of 2020. Interviewees were identified via the personal networks of steering committee members, historical research, and a call for interviewees circulated through the Stanford Alumni Association. The steering committee members who conceptualized the project included alums Matthew Bernstein (‘19), Alison Carpenter Davis (’79), and Zina Jawadi (’18, MS ’18), as well as Rosa Gonzalez, director of the Diversity and Access Office at Stanford; Gillian Kumagai, librarian at the Stanford Health Library, and Natalie Marine-Street (PhD ’16), program manager for the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program. Interviews were conducted by Alison Carpenter Davis, Anne Battle (’75, MA ’76), Rosa Gonzalez, and Natalie Marine-Street. Alison Carpenter Davis served as project coordinator.

Oral histories coming soon

Oral Histories

| Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Staff, | Project: Disability at Stanford
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
This interview was conducted in 2021 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to