ASU's newly named accessibility center is primed to serve students

August 17, 2020

Arizona State University’s Disability Resource Center recently announced that it has changed its name to Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services. 

In alignment with ASU’s Charter to be “measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed,” the new title represents the office’s mission of ensuring that every program, service, event and experience at the university is fully accessible and inclusive to all students, not just those who identify as having a disability. Student Emily Bowe utilizes services at ASU Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services Student Emily Bowe utilizes services at ASU Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services. Photo by Spencer Brown. Download Full Image

“The name reflects the importance of creating a culture of accessibility and inclusion; a culture that is fundamental to the educational experience,” said Lance Harrop, dean of students for ASU’s Polytechnic campus and executive director of Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services. 

“It is also important in that it includes those who may qualify as having a disability, as defined by law, but perhaps do not identify in that way,” Harrop said. “A student’s experience in how they identify with and view disability is very personal and important. The new name is an acknowledgment of that experience.”

The name reflects SAILS’ vision for its future as it continue to serve a growing and ever-changing Sun Devil community, where the number of students with disabilities continues to increase and the impact of those disabilities present in varied ways, according to Harrop.

“Given our commitment to providing all students with a world-class education, SAILS will ensure that the entire ASU community will have access to the resources, expertise, training, consultation and facilitation of accessibility needed to ensure that the ASU experience will be fully accessible from design to implementation,” Harrop said.

SAILS will also continue to be a resource and support for faculty and staff, who are critical partners in ensuring their courses are designed and implemented in a way that allows for full participation without barriers.

ASU’s legacy of serving students in this way began in the mid-1970s when the office was originally established as Special Services for Disabled Students. The focus at the time was providing physical access to the university for the increasing number of returning veterans. 

Over the years, its name and focus have shifted to become more forward-thinking about the design of space and how best to meet students’ needs in and out of the classroom. 

Today, SAILS has offices on all four ASU campuses and offers a range of accommodations that provide students with equal access to academic and university services. These include test-taking, alternate formats, communication access, notetaking services and more. 

Students who register with SAILS work with disability access consultants who assess their needs and assist them with arrangements for their classes, housing and other university services and activities.

Chellis Hall and his partner, Kiley

SAILS also offers community trainings to increase institutional awareness and support. Lunch and Learns are offered for faculty and staff to learn how best to serve students with disabilities. AccessZone is an in-depth, interactive training offered to the Sun Devil community that covers the history of disability and laws that impact those in higher education. It also introduces the concept of universal design, which calls for designed environments to be accessible by all people regardless of age, size or ability.

Chellis Hall, a Master of Social Work student, utilizes Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services for things like taking exams and communicating with professors about accessibility services for his classes. He also works there as a testing proctor. Hall says that SAILS has provided him with “many opportunities and created educational experiences that (he) would not have had without it.”

He likes that the office’s new name promotes the inclusive culture that ASU strives for and feels it’s more effective in informing the community about SAILS’ purpose and offerings. 

“I am differently abled and just because I learn and do things differently does not mean I am 'disabled,'" Hall said. “I appreciate the university taking into consideration how the name of something can and does affect students.”

Chloe Breger, who graduated from ASU in 2020 with a degree in biological sciences (neurobiology, physiology and behavior) and is now pursuing a Master of Education at ASU, utilized SAILS services during her time as an undergraduate. She said without them, her trajectory would have been very different.

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Chloe Breger

“The name impacts the Sun Devil community because it shows how we include people within our community no matter how they learn or no matter what support they might need,” Breger said.

As SAILS moves forward with this new chapter in its history, Harrop says it will continue to serve students, educate and inform the campus community, raise awareness regarding accessibility opportunities, and increase connections with campus and community partners in providing support and resources to students. It will also continue its critical role in supporting ASU faculty and staff, and serve as a resource for all within the ASU community.

“ASU students are positively changing and influencing the world in amazing and important ways,” Harrop said. “We look forward to continuing to play a part in that experience by ensuring all students, including and especially students with disabilities, have the opportunity to be successful.”

Visit the SAILS website to learn more or visit its ASU Foundation page to support the important work it does for the Sun Devil community.

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Carlisle Companies Incorporated Chairman, President and CEO to be honored as 2020 Executive of the Year

D. Christian "Chris" Koch is the 37th person chosen by the Dean's Council, a national group of prominent executives who advise ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business

August 17, 2020

Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business has announced that D. Christian “Chris” Koch, chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Incorporated, was awarded its Executive of the Year Award for 2020. The award honors exceptional global business leaders who have created and sustained superior organizational performance and whose presence exemplifies a model for future business leaders.

Koch is the 37th Executive of the Year chosen by the Dean's Council, a national group of prominent executives who advise the W. P. Carey School of Business. He joins top executives from leading companies such as American Airlines, U-Haul International and the Coca-Cola Co. Koch has achieved exceptional results in his nearly five years as CEO. Carlisle Companies CEO Chris Koch D. Christian “Chris” Koch. Download Full Image

Carlisle Companies Inc. is a global portfolio of brands and businesses that manufacture highly engineered products and solutions for diverse markets, including for aerospace, medical, defense, transportation, industrial, agriculture, mining and construction. Its worldwide team of employees generated $4.8 billion in net sales and an operating income of $654 million in 2019.

Koch joined Carlisle in 2008, and was named president and CEO in January 2016 and chairman of the board of directors in 2020. A board member of Headstrong Project, Toro Co., and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Koch has also held leadership positions at Graco Inc. in Shanghai and Minneapolis, and at the H.B. Fuller Company.

In recognition of his leadership, the W. P. Carey School honored him on Friday, Aug. 21, and he will speak at a luncheon in his honor on Thursday, Oct. 22, which was rescheduled from April 2020.

“I’m thrilled to honor Chris Koch as this year's Executive of the Year,” W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman said. “He’s been tested in difficult times and continually proven the ability to successfully take on larger leadership responsibilities. We’re proud of what he’s been able to accomplish for our region and our state.”

“I’m honored to be named Executive of the Year by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business’ Dean’s Council,” Koch said. “I’m also proud to be both a member of the Arizona business community and a resident of Arizona. Carlisle moved to Arizona in 2016 to be closer to our manufacturing footprint and to leverage Arizona’s pro-business environment, skilled workforce and exceptional quality of life. We fully support the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s and Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s vision of transforming the Phoenix economy into an industrial and high-tech hub that will position Phoenix as a business leader nationally in the coming years, fully supported by ASU’s world-class engineering and technical infrastructure.

"And while it seems trivial to speak of a personal award while Arizona, the United States and countries around the globe continue to face the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m proud of our employees who have rallied around each other, our customers and our communities, helping keep infection rates low and ensuring that we continue to provide products and services to many of the world’s essential businesses.”

He has two sons, Christian and Nicolas, with his wife, Amy, and is an avid golfer, skier and hockey player. 

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business