In a ceremony attended by about 200 people on March 18 at The Athens Community Center, Dr. Jenny Nelson and her students in MDIA 6082 (Research Methods in Communication & Development) were awarded letters of recognition by Mayor Paul Wiehl and the Athens City Commission on Disabilities.
“The class made the kind of difference that honors both the people living with disabilities and the work of inclusion and accessibility”, said Wiehl.
The letter noted the contributions of the class as “the key point visionaries, planners, promoters, coordinators, collaborators, researchers, media developers, and presenters of the first annual Athens International day for Persons with Disabilities (held on December 3, 2013).”
In addition, “your participation in the annual “Challenged by Choice” Day and the “Disability Speaks” program . . . was both educational and inspirational for all of us in the audience.”
The letter also thanked the class for initiating a new student organization, ThisAbilityOU, and for their work redesigning promotional material for the Athens Farmers Market Disabilities booth.
The students from the MDIA MA, Public Media, and CommDev programs include Atish Baidya, Henry Boachi, Franklyn Charles, John Elmore, Karim Eldamanhoury, Babe Finley, Natalia Buitrago Rovira, Cecelia Fernandez, Gina Sergina, Sankerdas Lattenhot, John Lortie, Jessica Gonzalez, Tijana Knezevic, Meiying Li, Majd Maraiam, Beth Mishler, Stacy Quinones, Angelina Sakharovskaya, Faisal Saleh, Rasha Sansur, Ibrahim Sesay, and Nora Sullivan.