Dr. Christopher Rosa to Chair Honorary Committee of the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame

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Christopher Rosa, Ph.D., a founding member of the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC), will be serving as the chair of the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rosa is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY). He served as the University’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for eight years. Prior to serving as Assistant Dean, he was the Central Office’s Director of Student Affairs, where he was responsible for administrative leadership of key student service areas including Student Activities, Mental Health and Wellness Services, International Student and Scholars Services, Veterans Services, Child Care, Women’s Centers, and Career Services. This year, he celebrates his 30th year of service to CUNY—first as a student leader, later as a member of its faculty, and in more recent years as an administrative leader.

Interim Vice Chancellor Rosa is a published disability scholar who is best known at CUNY for his nationally-recognized work on behalf of inclusive higher education opportunities for students with disabilities. He has secured more than $12 million in external funding to support efforts in this area. These programs include CUNY LEADS, which transitions graduates with disabilities into competitive employment at more than twice the national average. More recently, he has established a model inclusive higher education program for students with intellectual disabilities through funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Rosa serves in national leadership roles for organizations that promote access and wellness for Americans with Disabilities, including chair of the Executive Committee for the U.S. President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and presently as the vice chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Board of Directors.

The NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame will induct up to 5 peers who have made achievements in the area(s) of improving public policy and programs/services, advancing new knowledge and/or concepts, eliminating barriers, and promoting a positive image for people with disabilities.  The application/nomination form will be released in early October.