Justin Tapp is a senior at The University of Toledo (UT) double majoring in disability studies and political science. While interning at EntryPoint, Justin focuses on diversity and inclusion initiatives in addition to assisting with administrative responsibilities. In addition to his role at EntryPoint, Justin is currently a research assistant analyzing the retention rates for students with disabilities on UT’s campus. The result of his research will give UT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion an accessible view on how to accurately accommodate students with disabilities. With his current research, Justin wants to practice his skill in researching accessible inclusive strategies with the means to produce policy change that accurately accommodates disability with a universal design. After graduation, Justin plans to work for a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination.
During his years at UT, Justin has become a member of many organizations including the American Sign Language Club, Black Student Union, Disability Studies Student Organization, and the Klar Leadership Academy. Justin recently interned for Toledo’0s Office of Diversity and Inclusion over the summer of 2018. During his internship, he had the opportunity to attend meetings with Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s legislative staff to improve Toledo’s accessibility to public transportation and shadowed the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Joan Easler, who helps rid of discrimination in employment based on disability. In May of 2017, Justin became the first-place recipient of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo’s scholarship by demonstrating his leadership goals in the disability community. Also, he became an exemplar for UT’s student writing of excellence.