Winter 2021 Accessibility Champions

The NC State IT Accessibility Office is honored to announce the recipients of the winter 2021 Accessibility Champion Award, which recognizes individuals who are committed to making the NC State digital environment a more inclusive and accessible place.

Award recipients include:

  • Rachel Cox, communications manager, Park Scholarships
    • Cox worked tirelessly last summer to remove 236 accessibility errors identified by Pope Tech on the Park Scholarships website. She has also worked to make her unit’s annual report accessible.
  • Carlos Goller, associate teaching professor, Biological Sciences
    • Goller has been a dedicated advocate for making the Biotechnology website accessible and inclusive. He has also worked to make sure the videos that he produces are captioned and accessible.
  • Claire Gordy, assistant teaching professor, Biological Sciences
    • Gordy is dedicated to her students and providing every opportunity for them to be successful is at the forefront of her efforts; this means that her courses are accessible. She also embraces Universal Design for Learning and is active in promoting its use in her department and college.
  • Rhea Hebert, instructional designer, Prestage Department of Poultry Science
    • Hebert continues to be a champion for accessibility; she has coordinated an accessibility workshop for the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, works to remove accessibility barriers from its website and ensures that materials distributed from the department are accessible.
  • Mark Samberg, director of technology programs, Friday Institute
    • Samberg has promoted accessibility to educators in the College of Education and K-12 educators across the state. He included accessibility in his course, ECI 518-Digital Learning Program and Staff Development. He offered two online synchronous sessions for the College of Education to share accessibility best practices with faculty and staff. He also offered a version of this professional development session to K-12 educators at two online conferences, NCTIES and with NC Connects. In addition, he created modules in a massive open online course with 15,000 participants.

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