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In·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty: The Pieces of ME

October 18, 2022 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

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Join us to learn more about intersectionality and disability, how our identities interact to impact our lived experiences, and why this matters.

Keynote Speaker: Keith Jones, President & CEO of Soul Touchin’ Experiences

Hosts: Sabrina Smith and Jeiri Flores

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Keith Jones
Keynote Speaker:

Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An African American community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy, and a strong advocate for independent quality living in the community, Mr. Jones has participated actively in various issues that face people with disabilities, from housing to education to voting access.

Mr. Jones is active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts, He holds a strong desire to get the disability community more involved in the issues that concern their own lives.

Mr. Jones has been recognized for his emerging leadership by the state of Massachusetts and President's Commission for Employment for People with Disabilities. Also, Mr. Jones received the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award.

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Jeiri Flores is a strong, passionate Puerto Rican disability rights activist from Rochester, NY. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and African-American Studies at SUNY Brockport. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Development at the University of Rochester. Jeiri serves as a resource for residents in her community by connecting them to existing services and supports. As a disability advocate, Jeiri shares her unique perspective at various colleges and conferences, where she introduces attendees to the struggles and invisibility people with disabilities face. She provides insight regarding inclusion, citizenship, disability intersectionality, and challenges that remain unaddressed by society. She hopes to influence young disabled people to fulfill their purpose and create a new narrative for what it means to be disabled.

 

Born and raised in Monticello, NY, faith and love have been the guiding principles of Sabrina Smith’s life. Her parents saw the good in all, no matter their story or background, teaching Sabrina and her siblings the value of humanity. Sabrina has taken these standards into every area of her life. Her professional tenure is one of human service in all aspects of health and well-being. Sabrina serves and volunteers throughout her community, lending her time, talent and resources to whoever needs it. Sabrina completed her Master’s in Public Administration in 2018 and is exploring her options to complete her doctoral degree. She is currently employed as the Health Disparities Coordinator for Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Sabrina continues to develop strong relationships and look for the good in people, and she makes sure no one is left behind.

 

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Starbridge is a nonprofit based in Rochester, NY, and partners with people who have disabilities and their families to achieve success in education, employment, and healthy living. Since our founding more than 60 years ago, we have partnered with and fought for the rights of people with disabilities to have full access to the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Disability intersects with every identity, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, creed, sexuality or religion. Diversity and Inclusion and Equity are core values to our organization. We are committed to ensuring that we are welcoming to people of all identities and we strive to ensure fairness and justice in all matters.