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Title: Promoting Leadership:

Promoting Leadership
  • Through an Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
  • Ronda Jenson, PhD, Krystal Kemp, MSW

  • The undergraduate Disability Studies certificate
    program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
    employ an interdisciplinary approach to learning
    about disabilities and promoting leadership
    across disciplines.

  • Rethink the role of leadership in
    interdisciplinary programs, what are the
    qualities of a leader? What specifically does a
    leader do and how does he/she do it? This session
    will share how the Disability Studies Program at
    the University of Missouri-Kansas City builds the
    capacity of students to be leaders in their

  • To ask students about their experiences in the
    Disability Studies program and to what extent the
    program has helped them build their leadership

Program Requirements
  • Law 815S Leadership in Disability Studies An
    interdisciplinary Approach (3 credits)
  • SW 580/PSYCH 541 Life Span Issues in
    Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SGS 501 Disability and Community Support An
    Academic Service Learning Course (3 Credits)
  • Elective Course (3 Credits)

Participating Fields
  • Social Work
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Public Administration
  • Bioethics
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Architecture
  • Gerontology
  • English Literature

  • School of Social Work
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Bloch School of Business Public Administration
  • School of Law
  • College of Arts Sciences
  • Department of Sociology
  • Institute for Human Development
  • Center for the City
  • Student Support Services
  • Center for Practical Bioethics
  • Research for Kids
  • Missouri Development-Disabilities Resource Center
  • Visions of Hope 360
  • US Dept. of Education
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • Universal Housing Design Network
  • UMKC Partners
  • Other Partners

  • The purpose of this discussion is to understand
    how an interdisciplinary disabilities study
    program can promote leadership roles amongst its
    students. I proposed that in order for students
    to exhibit leadership attributes or qualities
    they must first be vested in the idea or
    propagating leadership roles outside the
    classroom. Once this has occurred, the student
    can foster a reciprocal relationship with others
    and begin to build social capital.

  • The foundation of any disability studies program
    should embody leadership and civic
    responsibility thus to foster a meaningful
    relationship between the student and the
    disability community. The University of
    Missouri-Kansas City, Interdisciplinary
    Disabilities Studies program provides
    opportunities for students to grow beyond their
    basic understanding of key concepts, philosophy,
    etc to an understanding of the application in the
    real world.

  • This is done through curricular activities,
    faculty mentoring, and opportunities to learn
    from people with disabilities. These activities
    are essential in facilitating interactive
    learning and building interdisciplinary
    relationships. The result, as reported by
    students, is greater understanding of the real
    issues experienced by people with disabilities.
    Additionally students feel they have the capacity
    to be leaders in promoting best practices and
    contributing to systems change to better serve
    people with disabilities.

Social Capital
  • From these interactions between the different
    entities there is something that is created or
    born. This new organism is social capital. The
    term capital refers to resources that may be used
    to gain benefit, advantage, or profit (Plotts,
    2005). Social capital is often used in terms of
    bridges between or within social groups (Riddell,
    2001, Putnam, 2000, Routledge Von Amsberg,
    2003). Keman describes social capital as The
    shared norms and values that bind individuals
    together and the source of formal and informal
    organizations that make it possible to
    collaborate in the collective interest (Kerman,
    1999, pp. xv-xvi).

Social Capital Cond.
  • This concept may seem simple, but there are few
    journal articles or research that looks at social
    capital among individuals with disabilities.
    Pavey writes that social capital theory does not
    focus on people who may not be able to develop
    their social capital in their communities (Pavey,
    2006). This leads us back to the discussion of
    the role of promoting leadership in
    interdisciplinary disability studies program.
    There are two definitions of leadership the
    capacity to lead or the act of leading
    (Merriam-Webster, 2007). In order for disability
    studies programs to be successful they must begin
    to stimulate the leadership qualities of
    students. By stimulating these students they are
    able to carry out the goal and the vision which
    is to build bridges between the disabilitys
    community and themselves.

Feature Film on Promoting Leadership
The vision is that metaphorically, we are all
actors on a stage in the classroom and ideally we
take our leadership skills show on the road to
make a difference for people with disabilities.
  • If we can rethink the role of leadership as the
    capacity to lead within the broad
    interdisciplinary context, then we may be able to
    foster civic membership and build social capital
    for individuals with disabilities