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Digital Equity and Inclusion Week Keynote: Kate Sonka

16 Feb
Thursday, 02/16/2023 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual via Zoom
Diversity & Inclusion
Speaker: Kate Sonka

Join Kate Sonka, Executive Director of Teach Access, to develop a further understanding of why teaching accessibility to our students is as important as teaching accessibility. Teach Access envisions a fully accessible future in which students enter the workforce with knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities and skills in the principles of accessible design and development, such that technology products and services are born accessible. Keynote will be followed by a virtual Q & A.

CART and ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Registration is required for this Zoom webinar.


Speaker Bio: Kate M. Sonka is the Executive Director of Teach Access. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University.

Ms. Sonka holds a Master's degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from DePaul University and has more than 12 years of experience in higher education. She has worked to improve teaching and learning with technology through course design and support, experiential learning, and training and mentorship for faculty members and students. 

In exploring how accessibility exists in professional and academic spaces, she helped establish the Teach Access Study Away Silicon Valley program, implemented the Teach Access Faculty Curriculum Development Grant Program, and founded the Accessible Learning Conference at Michigan State University.

Kate's teaching experience includes a first-year writing course for non-native English speakers; a study abroad program about language acquisition and global English in China; a study away program where students explored and met leaders in the film and creative industries in Los Angeles, USA; and a study away program where students engaged with tech companies about accessibility in Silicon Valley, USA.