Service Record

While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, I served as President of the Graduate Student Government for the School of Arts and Sciences and Chair of Equity and Access for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. As representative for more than 13,000 students, I pursued projects related to the creation of an inclusive campus community in collaboration with the provost and president of the university. For example, I developed the “Accessibility Mapping Project,” a digital interface that allows all students, faculty, staff, and other members of Penn’s community to share information about physical and social barriers to access on campus via a crowdsourcing app. I also implemented a university-wide solidarity fund and ensured that students from each of Penn’s twelve schools achieved appropriate representation via my appointment to the University Council. My activities at Penn caught the attention of campus, local, and national media, leading to a series of presentations about the importance of accessibility. Eventually, I took the knowledge and skills that I acquired at Penn with me to Japan, where I shared them in a series of public-facing articles about disability and accessibility for The Japan Times newspaper and the website Accessible Japan. My public-facing work culminated in several policy-orientated research projects, which garnered invitations to act as an accessibility consultant for both the Japanese government and United Nations.