June 5, 2018
Cynthia Bennett, PhD candidate in Human Centered Design & Engineering, has received the Dennis Lang Student Award from the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program.
The Dennis Lang Student Award is given annually to two undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies and commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to people with disabilities.
From the Disability Studies announcement:
Cynthia Bennett has been extraordinarily active in the disability studies community during her career as a graduate student. She is a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering, working on a thesis titled Toward Disability-Informed Human-Centered Design. Cynthia is an outstanding scholar with many publications and is a major contributor to the accessibility research programs at UW. She co-coordinated a 2-credit reading group that explored the intersections of disability studies and science and technology studies (Fall 2017), and then made a year-long service commitment to spearheading the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Interest Group in Disability Studies, with funding she secured from the Simpson Center for the Humanities. Cynthia has also been a regular participant in D Center programming and community, is known for her activism on accessibility issues at UW and in Seattle, and has generally made an impact by facilitating connections, mentoring, and other resources among students and faculty interested in DS research and disability issues. Cynthia is known as a leader and activist nationally. She has mentored National Federation of the Blind scholarship holders and she served a 5-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Washington State School for the Blind. You can visit her website here.
Bennett received the award at the Disability Studies graduation and year-end celebration on Friday, June 1, 2018.