For our project, we have decided that there are two types of stakeholders: administrators/faculty/staff and students. Shelby and I have established a list of specific administrators, staff, or faculty members that we have considered reaching out to; for the time being, this includes Erinn Foglesong, counselors, Ashley Hill, Ashley Hinton-Moncer, Dr. Todorova, various professors (in order to include different perspectives on this issue), and possibly the Disabilities Service. When we consider the various administrators, staff, and faculty members, it is important to note that some have more authority than others in terms of initiating certain changes. For instance, the administrators, such as particular deans, have the ability to establish mandatory seminars or workshops that faculty must attend as well as how often faculty must attend them. On the other hand, Erinn Foglesong and the rest of the Student Wellbeing office have a great deal experience (individually and combined) leading seminars that are related to mental health as well as Title IX which impacts mental health; for that reason, perhaps they would be best suited for actually leading a seminar or a workshop, unless the administration would rather recruit another professional who is not affiliated with Transy.
Furthermore, from what Shelby has explained to me, Dr. Todorova is very supportive of our project after Shelby spoke with her. Dr. Todorova expressed that she would love to help students with disabilities, but she says that does not have a lot of background knowledge about how to do so properly and effectively. Because of that, I think Dr. Todorova’s statements prove how important our project is. From what I have experienced, it seems that many professors at Transy genuinely care and want to assist students with disabilities, but they simply are not aware how they can do so. There is a lack of understanding, which further inhibits students with disabilities. Based on my personal experiences with Erinn Foglesong, the counselors, and Ashley Hill, I believe that they would all be very supportive of our project and goal to establish workshops and seminars on campus. As far as administration is concerned, I personally believe that it might be a bit more difficult to illustrate why this project and our goals are so important; however, if we provide lots of research as well as have the support of multiple students and various faculty and staff then perhaps
In regards to the second party, which we have identified as students, we have considered creating an anonymous survey to receive feedback from Transy students, Teddy Salazar, Shelby’s friend Bradlee, a friend of mine (if they are willing), and any other way that we could include the student body’s input. I believe that the specific students we have considered reaching out to would be incredibly supportive of our project because they can offer personal experiences. Creating an anonymous survey, although difficult, would give students the chance to express their concerns, past experiences, and more without feeling as though there might be consequences from expressing their grievances. Compared to faculty/staff and the administration, students do not have as much authority and capability of enacting positive change; however, if enough students express concern and enough students support our project, then we, as students, could really have a greater impact than we might think. Not to mention, if we have strong support from faculty and staff, then that would definitely help as well. A risk that could arise for this specific group of stakeholders is if the administration (or perhaps faculty/staff too) are not considerate, transparent, etc. This type of response could be really hurtful to students who really need the help and need a postive response to this issue.