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FEED Meeting February 8, 2023

Disability Through an Intersectionality Lens

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET


Disability is one characteristic that has historically contributed to marginalization in and exclusion from the workplace and other settings and opportunities. Every person with a disability has other identities, too. Intersections of disability with other marginalized identities create unique experiences that influence a person’s daily life.

Join us for the first FEED meeting of 2023 to hear a presentation by LaWanda Cook, PhD, CRC, a Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, on the topic of intersectionality and how welcoming workplaces and culturally relevant outreach efforts can help federal employers attract and retain employees and partners from diverse communities. In addition, Jennifer Croft, Diversity Program Manager in OPM’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, will discuss takeaways and next steps from the Federal DEIA Summit held last month.


Introduction (1:00-1:05 p.m.)

  • Akinyemi Banjo, Policy Advisor, Employer and Workplace Policy Team, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor

Welcoming Remarks (1:05-1:13 p.m.)

  • Taryn Williams, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor

Federal DEIA Summit Recap (1:13-1:20 p.m.) 

  • Jennifer Croft, Diversity Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, Office of Personnel Management

Presentation: Disability Through an Intersectionality Lens (1:20-2:35 p.m.) 

  • LaWanda Cook, Senior Extension Associate, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University

Question and Answer Session (2:35-2:55 p.m.)

Closing Remarks (2:55-3:00 p.m.)

  • Wendy Doernberg, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Sector Programs, Office of Federal Operation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission