Creating Transformative Student Learning Experiences


Wednesday, November 2


10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


Earlee Kerekes-Mishra and Tay McEdwards


We would like to propose a presentation that will highlight multiple methods to leverage existing resources to create collaborative partnerships and transformative student learning experiences. These experiences will increase disability awareness on campus and provide students with soft skills that are transferable for future employment. This presentation connects with several of the requested categories:

  • Connecting Disability and Diversity
  • Partnering with Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
  • Other: Transformative Learning Experiences and Disability Awareness

In order to compete effectively in today’s job market, soft skills such as teamwork, problem solving, adaptability, and communication are required to be successful in a variety of professions. Research shows that a majority of employers believe that recent college graduates lack essential soft skills. This presentation will explore methods for disability service professionals to provide student learning opportunities that can bridge this gap and contribute to students’ overall learning experiences. By providing a foundation of disability awareness, these experiences will allow students to gain soft skills that are transferable to the workplace. This presentation will showcase several initiatives implemented by Disability Access Services at OSU. It will also include a group activity to generate discussion and ideas that disability service professionals can utilize to create transformative student learning opportunities with existing resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to use campus resources in new ways
  • Leverage campus partnerships to increase disability awareness
  • Expand opportunities for students to gain soft skills transferable to the workplace

Presenter Bio(s)

Earlee Kerekes-Mishra has served as the Manager of Intake, Retention and Transition Services at Disability Access Services at Oregon State University for the past two years. Earlee is the Disability Access Services liaison for the Native American Longhouse and for Veterans on the Oregon State University campus.

Tay McEdwards has served students over the past four years at Oregon State University and is the Manager of Access Services for Disability Access Services. Tay is the Disability Access Services liaison for the Pride Center and for Oregon State University Ecampus.

Presentation Materials