Disability: The Critical but Absent Part of Public Policy


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John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Sara Minkara
James Langevin
Brooke Ellison
Michael Ashley Stein
HKS Office of Diversity Inclusion and Belonging
HKS Alumni Board

Please join the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board for a conversation on the major achievements in disability rights and justice in the United States, where that puts us today globally, and what the roadmap ahead looks like – in the U.S. and around the world. Panelists include: 

  • Rep. Jim Langevin HKS '94: Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, RI-2 (2001-2023) and the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress 
  • Sara Minkara HKS ’14: Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, Department of State  
  • Brooke Ellison ‘00 HKS ‘04 PhD: Associate Professor at Stony Brook University and Disability Rights Advocate   
  • Professor Michael Ashley Stein HLS '88 (Moderator): Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability

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