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Apr 27 2022

What is Ableism? Unlearning Assumptions, Ideas, and Stereotypes

APAC Professional Seminar Series

April 27, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


This event offers participants the opportunity to learn more about ableism. This event will cover the definition of ableism, how ableism is present in the current world of working virtually, and the different implicit biases associated with disabilities. There will be activities led by speakers Hugo Trevino, M.Ed and Dr. Margaret Fink for participants to engage in the practice of self-reflection as part of exploring these topics. CART live captioning services will be provided.



Margaret Fink

Date posted

Apr 19, 2022

Date updated

Apr 20, 2022


Margaret Fink | Director | Disability Cultural Center

Margaret Fink (she/her/hers) has a PhD in English literature from the University of Chicago, where she taught courses on disability in American Literature, reality television and anomalous embodiment, and narratives of the mind/body distinction in popular rhetoric around transgender and disability experience. Her scholarly work has focused on ordinariness and representations of disability and race in American prose and graphic fiction. Before coming to UIC, she served as Assistant Director at the University of Chicago Writing Program, where she taught academic and professional writing, trained graduate student writing instructors, and developed support for graduate student writers. After experiencing disability culture spaces at disability studies conferences, her work as a teacher and a trainer of teachers blossomed into an interest in how our practices shape spaces for inclusion and belonging. She is now Director of the Disability Cultural Center, founded in 2018 as one of the seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change. She has been at UIC since 2019.

Hugo Trevino | Disability Services Specialist | Disability Cultural Center

Hugo Trevino, is a Disability Services Specialist at the UIC Disability Resource Center (DRC). Hugo is a first generation Mexican American, who earned his bachelor’s degree at University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana (UIUC) in 2014. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad 3 times to Costa Rica, China, and Taiwan. His passion for education, student affairs, and travel, inspired him to obtain his Master of Education in International Higher Education in 2018, from Loyola University Chicago where he was able to study abroad in Vietnam and Italy. Before joining the UIC team, he was very fortunate to work for non-profit organizations where he was able to help Latinx, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities in multi-faceted of ways including education, healthcare, and self-advocacy to name a few. This passion of service has led him to the University of Illinois at Chicago where he works with students with disabilities to make sure they have equal access to a higher education and helps them achieve their full potential here at UIC and beyond. Hugo strongly believes that if people with disabilities can be granted Disability Equity in the form of access to an education and health care, this will lead to a lifetime of advocacy skills that will change the landscape of disability rights. Hugo has been with UIC for 3 years now, since 2019.