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New Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies Launched

Douglas Kruse, Lisa Schur, Julia Sass Rubin, Christina Torian, Jeffrey Friedman, Javier Robles, and Delbert, Robles' service dog
Faculty and administrators believe the new disability studies minor at Rutgers is a model for how interdisciplinary collaboration can expand opportunities for students. Members of the disability studies minor committee include: (from left) Distinguished Professor Douglas Kruse and Professor Lisa Schur, of the School of Management and Labor Relations; Associate Dean of Academic Programs Julia Sass Rubin and Assistant Dean Christina Torian of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Professor Jeffrey Friedman of the Mason Gross School of the Arts; Teaching Instructor Javier Robles of the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Delbert, Robles' service dog.

At Rutgers–New Brunswick, faculty from multiple schools collaborate to create the interdisciplinary program

Rutgers University–New Brunswick will launch a new minor this fall in interdisciplinary disability studies -- designed to support the lived experience of those with disabilities and examine how society views and understands the meaning and consequences of being disabled.

One in four adults in the United States has some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes disability a natural and common part of the human experience. 

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