SDSU Disability ERG


disability erg logoThe Disability Employee Resource Group aims to advance inclusion and equity for disabled staff (auxiliary, temporary, or permanent) and faculty (of all types and ranks, tenure-track or not). The Disability ERG is dedicated to empowering disabled faculty and staff as fully included and equal members of the campus community by dismantling ableist structural and attitudinal barriers at SDSU and beyond. To further this mission, the Disability ERG is committed to the following:


  • Providing a community space for disabled faculty and staff to explore this aspect of their identity on its own and in intersection with their other identities
  • Supporting the advocacy efforts of disabled faculty and staff towards collective access and collective liberation.
  • Building a community of support and culture of disability pride at SDSU.
  • Working collaboratively with the SDSU campus community to increase awareness that an intersectional approach to disability justice is a critical part of the larger struggle for social justice.
  • Offering a network of support to navigate the ever-changing higher education environment.
  • Advocating in coalition with others for the most vulnerable and underserved populations on campus.  
  • Building career-long connections that improve the workplace experience and facilitate access to campus resources.
  • Creating community opportunities for laughter, play, and sharing stories.
  • Developing (courses/minor/major in) Disability Studies

For more information or to join, contact co-chairs Dr. Toni Saia and Pearl Burgin at [email protected]



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Disability ERG Booklist

  • The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, and Other Reasons to Fall In Love with Me by Keah Brown 
  • Body, Remember by Kenny Fries
  • Disability Visibility Edited by Alice Wong
  • Michelle Jarman, Leila Monaghan, Alison Quaggin Harkin (eds.) - Barriers and Belonging _ Personal Narratives of Disability-Temple University Press (2017) 
  • Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature
  • Black Madness: A New Book About Blackness and Disability By J. T. Roane
  • Resistance and Hope Anthology by Alice Wong
  • What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World by Sara Hendren
  • Why I Burned My Book by Paul K. Longmore
  • Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher
  • Education by Katie Rose Guest Pryal 
  • The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (The History of Disability) by Susan M. Schweik
  • The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, et al. 
  • QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology edited by Raymond Luczak
  • Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare
  • Too Late to Die Young by Harriet McBryde Johnson