Disabilities Advocate Haben Girma Will Lecture at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 15, 2019—Haben Girma, an advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities and the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, will deliver a talk at Williams College on disability, accessibility, and inclusion. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Mainstage. A meet-and-greet will follow. Tickets are not required.

The daughter of refugees, a black woman, and disabled, Girma developed her path to success rooted in her belief that inclusion is a choice. A talented storyteller who helps others understand that disability is an opportunity for innovation, she travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion. She also combines her knowledge of law, sociology, and technology to teach clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services.

Using her insight to create lasting, positive change among people and communities, Girma has been honored by world leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel. In 2013, President Barack Obama named her a White House Champion of Change for her advocacy work. She also received the Helen Keller Achievement Award and earned recognition as a Forbes 30 under 30 and BBC Women of Africa Hero. Her 2019 best-selling book, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, was featured in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, People, The Wall Street Journal, and the Today Show.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Accessible Education, the Dean’s office, the President’s office, the Vice President of Campus Life’s office, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Class of ’46 Memorial Fund for World Brotherhood at Williams College.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map