Spring 2020 Accessibility Champions

As we celebrate 2020 Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the IT Accessibility Office is honored to announce the Spring 2020 Accessibility Champions and celebrate their efforts and dedication. These individuals are committed to making the NC State digital environment a more inclusive and accessible place.

Student Champions

  • Rebecca Ross, Student Staff, Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • Rebecca Ross has taken on the project of making the upcoming Industrial and Systems Engineering website accessible. This includes making all pages, posts and PDFs accessible. 
  • Lauren Murillo, Student Staff, University Libraries
    • Lauren has reduced the number of accessibility errors on the library’s website by 363,573 errors — a reduction of 97%. Lauren has spent her time in quarantine eradicating and learning about accessibility issues. Using the PopeTech tool, she was able to identify and fix a massive amount of errors across a large and very complicated site while coordinating with various staff members and departments. Her work has made the library’s website profoundly better for all users.

Faculty/Staff Champions

  • Christopher Beeson, Instructional Technologist, DELTA 
    • Christopher always has accessibility in mind when he works with faculty on their Moodle courses. He exemplifies the Universal Design for Learning (UDL)  model and works on all materials with this model in mind. Christopher helps make it easy to understand how to make things accessible.
  • Melissa Ramirez, Asst. Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences
    • Melissa is an amazing online instructor in microbiology and values accessible content in her course. She embodies what we want instructors to do and think about when it comes to accessibility in the classroom. She is also a model for others with how they can implement accessible items in their courses as well.
  • Hilary Leggette, Museum Operations Manager, Gregg Museum
    • Hilary is passionate about accessibility. She serves on several groups that support accessibility awareness and is a constant reminder that inclusion is important to consider in all the museum’s activities.
  • Josh Williams, Business & Technology App Analyst, DASA
    • Josh has helped teach others the importance of evaluating every piece of software used and developed from an accessibility perspective. When discussing projects, he can often be heard to remark, “Is it accessible?” From making sure that menus can be traversed with a keyboard to simply making others aware of the IT Accessibility resources available at the university, Josh has been a great partner in creating a more accessible world.
  • John Starbuck, Marketing and Web Development, DASA
    • John has shown his dedication to accessibility by ensuring all of the websites he oversees have the main campus accessibility link in the footer. Additionally, when he builds sites or evaluates any technology, accessibility is always a top concern. He pushes others to think about how folks with different abilities experience digital platforms.

Learn more about and nominate someone for the NC State Accessibility Champion Award.