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Road to Resilience

Personal stories of Disability, Domestic Violence or Sexual Trauma

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 • 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Berkeley College
12 East 41st Street, New York, NY
2nd Floor, Room B

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Linda Cornigans
Ed.D.Associate Minister
First Baptist Church of Bay Shore
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Susan Carpenter
Ph.D. Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Kingsborough Community College
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Amanda Babcock
M.A. Senior Business Owner for Accessibility
Western Governors University
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Janelle Carl
M.A. Guidance Counselor
Dutchess Community College

Join us! for a discussion spotlighting individuals who have been resilient through Disability, Domestic Violence or Sexual Trauma:

  • Hear their personal stories, struggles and challenges
  • Learn about their resources and support systems
  • Hear their advice for staying resilient
  • Question & Answer to follow

In honor of National Disability Awareness month and Domestic Violence/ Sexual Trauma Awareness month in October. Come on your own or bring a friend. Refreshments will be served.


Or contact Vincent Mas:
(914) 694-1122 x3168


1:30 - Check-In and Refreshments

2:00 - "Welcome"

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Michael Smith
President of Berkeley College

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Sharon McLennon-Wier, PhD, CRC, LMHC
Director of Disability Services, Berkeley College

2:05 - Susan Carpenter

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Dr. Susan Carpenter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Kingsborough Community College- part of the City University of New York. (CUNY)  She is the coordinator of the Arts in Education courses. She is also co-chair of the CUNY wide faculty committee for the upcoming CUNY Unlimited credential, for students with intellectual disabilities.

Having struggled in elementary and high school in the UK she considers herself having an undiagnosed learning disability.  Her doctorate in community music is from the Australian National University her Masters in special education from Lehman College and her Masters in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.

She is the author of numerous articles and of the text book: Arts in Education: A Handbook.  Her research interests are: inclusive arts education, intergenerational music programs and the contribution of students with intellectual disabilities in higher education.  She has taught internationally with a focus and commitment to working with students with disabilities. She is a member of the CUNY Disability Scholars Group.

2:35 - Linda Cornigans

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During her 39 years of service in public education, Dr. Cornigans has worked as a teacher and administrator.  She holds a doctorate in education from Hofstra University and a certificate in Christian ministry from New York Theological Seminary.  At the present time, she is a graduate student in the Master of Divinity Program at the New York Theological Seminary.

Dr. Cornigans is currently an Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church of Bay Shore where she serves as the Coordinator of Christian Education.  She is a member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International.  In addition, she volunteers as a rape crisis counselor with the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County.

For over 30 years Dr. Cornigans has addressed secular audiences and church congregations on a variety of topics.  Dr. Cornigans resides on Long Island with her husband, James, and daughter Tanzania.

3:05 - Amanda Jean Babcock

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Amanda Jean Babcock is the Senior Business Owner for Accessibility at Western Governors University. Amanda works with partners across the institution to create standards, policies, and practices that ensure equitable access across the student experience. Amanda works with institutional leaders and front-line staff to strategically improve WGU’s overall accessibility and to drive innovative thinking in design and development of digital resources. Amanda has made it her personal goal to make WGU the most accessible and disability-friendly university in the United States. Previously, Amanda worked at the University of Utah as the State Authorization coordinator for online operations and was instrumental in moving the state toward NC-SARA membership. She also served as a Steering Committee member for WCET, a national leader in educational technology and online learning. She has served as a Dean of Education and Dean of Students at a career and technical college, and has taught numerous courses in academic writing, professional communication, creative writing, and English literature.

Amanda received her B.A. in English from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2008 and her Master’s degree in English from the University of Utah in 2010. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Utah in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on students with disabilities in higher education. Her dissertation uses institutional ethnography to examine the academic accommodations process in higher education, with particular interest in how institutional policies and practices create barriers to access and shape social relations for students with disabilities. Amanda lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with her husband, son, three dogs, and one cat. She lived in Alaska for 9 years, and without running water for three of those. When not talking about disability matters or dogs, she is likely asleep.

3:35 - Janelle Carl

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Janelle Carl is a 31 year old, first-generation Latina.  She is married, has an amazing little boy named Lucas and is also a dog mom to a black lab named Sheldon.  Janelle has lived in New York her entire life, with short stints in Montana, England, and Switzerland.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Tufts University in Boston and completed her Master’s degree in School Counseling at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  Janelle has worked as a Guidance Counselor for five years and currently teaches High School Equivalency classes at Dutchess Community College.

4:00 - Submit Event Evaluations


Please specify if you would like to request special accommodations.

For additional questions contact:
Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC, Director of Disability Services Berkeley College 99 Church St. White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 694-1122 x3169