AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES:
navigating inclusive mentorship in higher education
"We made the film because we like working together and wanted to share that. It is about Kylie and I being roommates. It’s about friends, roommates, and mentors, some with disabilities and some without disabilities. It’s about how to help each other on a college campus."
-- Olivia Baist
For students with disabilities, higher education opportunities are not always accessible. The college opportunities that do exist are not always perfect. Efforts to improving access and opportunities should stem the experiences and needs of students with disabilities.
With college being both an academic and social endeavor, peer mentorship plays a big role. This is a story told solely by student mentors and mentees on how inclusive higher education can work and the relationships that support success.
"We are sharing this work with the recognition that not everyone is in the same position that we were in. We have the privilege of being college students in a place where inclusion is. We want to use our position to not just say 'inclusion works' or 'we need inclusion', but to go beyond that and say 'this is the honest reality of how our inclusion works' and 'this is how we can make the inclusive mentorship that already exists work better for everyone'".
-- Kylie Walter