Understanding & Empowering Neurodivergence in Higher Ed & The Workplace, By: Zoe Mills

“Neurodivergence” is an umbrella term originally coined by sociologist Judy Singer which recognizes the consistent ways that some brains work differently than the “neurotypical” population i.e. those whose brains function without atypical cognitive, neurological functioning, and processing styles.

A few examples of neurodivergence include: autism, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and more.

People with neurodivergent brains process the world around them uniquely – think differently – and offer unique strengths and value to any team. However, being neurodivergent is not without its challenges. Supporting neurodivergent peers requires understanding what makes their brains so powerful and what systems are in place where you learn or work that currently do not recognize and empower cognitive diversity.

In our latest Mindset in Motion podcast, we discuss neurodivergence and the considerations for higher education institutions and employers, joined by guest Emily Raclaw, of Marquette University.

Emily Raclaw, of Marquette University, Woman with brown curly hair smiling at camera, green t-shirt that reads "Maybe Sh'es Born With It, Maybe it's ADHD", Greenery in backdrop

Emily is the director of On Your Marq, a neurodiversity support program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has over 15 years of experience in disability in education. Prior to coming to Marquette, Emily taught high school special education, worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and coordinated a college success program for students with disabilities. She is an ADHDer who is an expert in program creation and development, as well as a disability advocate and professional. She is also a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor.
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