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Ability Alliance with Allies and Advocates

​​Ability Alliance with Allies and Advocates (A4)

The Ability Alliance with Allies and Advocates is a new Employee Resource Group created to provide a networked community of DePaul University employees with disabilities, and their allies and advocates, for the purpose of support, education, and change with a focus on building a workplace that welcomes employees with differing abilities. 

Executive Board Members

Kelly Tzoumis:  (Visiti​ng Scholar 2022-2023)

Kent Klaus: 

Elizabeth Vastine: 

Maija Renko:


Erin Roux:​


Meeting Schedule

The winter quarter meeting for A4 will be held on Friday, January 21 from 10:30 am- 12:00 p.m. Please use this link o register: A4 Meeting Registration  

Below please find more information from Kent Klaus and Kelly Tzoumis that was covered during the initial A4 meeting that took place on May 26, 2021. 

You can also view the beginning of the September 24, 2021, A4 meeting, below.





We encourage our DePaul community members to complete this A4 survey which will help provide guidance for moving forward and building community at DePaul. 

Please contact Kelly Tzoumis with any questions. 

​From the Periphery BUILD Session

On May 20, 2021, we were honored to have Pia Justesen, a Danish human rights lawyer, facilitate a BUILD session about her book, From the Periphery . This book details around 40 first-person narratives of people in the United States who explain what it's like to be treated differently by society because of visible and invisible disabilities. Please click below to view the recording.