Lunch & Learn: Julianne Acker-Verney

Date and Time


University of Guelph, Rozanski Building, Room 108


This is an interactive 90 minute workshop designed to identify and model inclusive practices. Julianne will briefly present the premise, methods, and key findings from her M.A. thesis research entitled Claiming our space: Embedding intersectionality in research with diverse women with disabilities. Julianne will draw from Hankivsky’s 2014 primer on intersectionality, as well as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s critical concept of misfitting (2011), to explore how women with disabilities are regularly marginalized and silenced by research. Attendees are encouraged to bring developing research ideas to refer to during a practical exercise aimed at illustrating methods and strategies for doing inclusive research that shares power with, and gives voice to, diverse women with disabilities.

Speaker Biography:

Julianne Acker-Verney is currently completing a graduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where she has received numerous awards for scholarship including the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Grant (2015-2017). Julianne embraces her life as a woman with disabilities, sharing the adventure with her partner Tim in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Julianne is active in social justice initiatives and organizations including the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI) steering committee; the Women with Disabilities Network of Nova Scotia; and, as a research assistant to the Changing Social Engagement research. Her research interests include accessible and inclusive research; women with disabilities and sexuality; and, exploring intersections of care within the disability community. Julianne’s publications include peer reviewed academic articles, blog posts, and fact sheets written for diverse audiences.