As a division that works closely with a wide range of individuals on the MSU campus, the RCPD works to ensure full educational participation for persons with disabilities. There is value in helping students, staff, and faculty identify areas of strength and opportunity so that Team RCPD can correctly accommodate and maximize potential. Towards that goal, the RCPD is proud to announce that Shelby Gombosi will be joining our team of Ability Access Specialists this summer, specializing in Psychiatric Disabilities.
After three and a half years at Michigan State University and with a degree in Professional Writing under her belt, 2020 graduate Jill C. is looking forward to beginning her career. Having utilized the one-on-one guidance and professional preparation offered by the Bosco MSU-MRS Careers Collaborative (CC), she feels confident in her ability to identify jobs that align with her goals, and to navigate the interview process.
The Spartan experience is unique to every individual. Celebrating Homecoming, strolls past Beaumont Tower, and the endless late-night studying all can result in lasting memories, but for most people, the most lasting memory of all is Commencement Day. This year’s unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic caused a dramatic shift in how graduation was handled, but even so, Jenna Kesh, a recent MSU Alumna, found that her time at RCPD was the most memorable piece of her Spartan experience.
Every spring, Tower Guard, one of MSU’s oldest active campus-based student organizations, selects an honorary group of students from the top 5 percent of the MSU freshman class to carry on the tradition of assisting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) in creating a more accessible environment for students with disabilities. These chosen students spend their sophomore year serving on Tower Guard before selecting the next year’s group and passing the torch.
The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is pleased to announce a brand-new initiative launching Fall 2020: RCPD will provide electronic braille displays to incoming blind students who use braille at no cost to them – the first program of its kind at any university in the United States!
For many, being faced with a life-changing health diagnosis brings uncertainty, but it can also help to positively shift life perspectives and bring about meaningful change. Ariel Dempsey, a graduating MD student from the MSU College of Human Medicine, shared her powerful message of hope, strength, and perseverance at the TEDxMSU Talk at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.
Tower Guard is a sophomore student organization at Michigan State University (MSU) dedicated to serving the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). Each year, approximately 80 sophomores, selected from the top 5% of the freshman class, carry on the tradition of academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character, and commitment to service. The 2019-2020 Tower Guard class continued to impress the Spartan community with their services. As many of the Tower Guard members balanced rigorous course loads, extracurriculars, part-time jobs, research, and so much more, they were always willing to set aside time to assist MSU students with disabilities.
For many MSU students with disabilities, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique set of challenges. Whether that be the enforcement of social distancing or regulated stay-at-home orders, the lives of our Spartans have changed, causing students to embark upon remote learning. For many people, face-to-face interactions create impactful and engaging social encounters that help them thrive on campus, and for some RCPD students, extra guidance beyond the academic and social support available at home has made all the difference.
Arianna Dickason joined Team RCPD during her freshman year at MSU and remained with us in her role as front desk student receptionist for the rest of her undergraduate career. In May 2020 she graduates with a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies and Human Biology, and as we say goodbye, we take a moment to acknowledge the years of service and the legacy of excellence she leaves behind.
The RCPD remains steadfast in our support of students during this abrupt change to campus life. In partnership with MSU's Giving To, we raise the call to friends of RCPD: if you are able to do so, please consider making a donation in support of the important work departments on campus are doing.
The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) believes in the capacity of achieving employment and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired. The award-winning program Transitions in Training was developed with the BSBP to share the benefits of higher education and job opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Michael Hudson, Director, MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
March 13, 2020
MSU is a time-tested community that brings together ambitious people with immense talent and desire to solve the world’s toughest challenges. Each of us play a role and we are needed today more than any other time in our history. Facing a novel virus has certainly left us a little nervous, uncertain, or even scared. That is natural and, if channeled, it is actually a catalyst challenging us to meet our highest leadership potential as creative, committed and valuable participants in this community.
Going to college is an exciting time no matter how you slice it, between pursuing a degree, meeting new people, studying hard, and being away from home (sometimes for the very first time!). For students living with cystic fibrosis (CF), attending college presents other unique challenges as well.
The RCPD is thrilled to announce a new iOS app called Munch. Designed at the RCPD in partnership with RHS and IPF to make dining at MSU simple, Munch can help you find food you want to eat, make informed decisions about what you eat, and connect with new friends along the way!
The Careers Collaborative focuses on strengthening leadership with a focus on career transition for MSU students with disabilities. RCPD welcomed a new vocational counselor this academic year, Mallory Godin. Mallory has been working with RCPD students to explore careers, hone employment skills, and secure internships and employment. This spring, the Collaborative will be hosting and promoting a variety of events, read more for details!