Despite disability in her own family, Danely López '16 says her family does not talk about it. This summer, she will explore the taboo that the Dominican culture has had for centuries on public conversation about disability through a self-created and self-run project, "Why Mongolo? Exploring Disability Studies in a Spanish- Speaking Community."
"Being part of the Dominican culture myself, I have noticed that even in my family where disability is evident, there is a silence about it," she says. "I seek to discover ways in which I can help my community educate themselves more about the topic of disability from a cultural standpoint."
López was inspired to take on the project after taking a Disability in America class in her first semester and her participation Students Eliminating Abelism through Advocacy (SEAA). She is one of Geneseo's 2013 student ambassadors, who will undertake transformative projects in varied disciplines, thanks to generosity of ambassador donors, who make the $5,000 annual awards possible. The ambassadorships are led through the college's Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership and represent the opportunities students have at Geneseo to challenge themselves, conduct research and complete self-led projects. Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo, aims to strengthen such transformational learning opportunites for students.