Making Strides towards Accessibility
Soon after the merger occurred, a group of staff, faculty, students and community members gathered to address the ongoing need for accessibility at our seminary. In our conversations and dreaming, we discovered that there are many different forms of disability, not just the ones that can be seen on the outside and our community needed to look at our campus and culture through a different lens. We submitted a proposal of tangible, inexpensive dreams to the Administrative Council who gave us the green light on many of these projects.
Thanks to the work of our Access Team and our Maintenance Crew, all bathrooms on campus are now single use and gender neutral. As illustrated in the picture, our walkways are clear of barriers so that people with physical impairments may access Giesy Hall and the Chapel with ease. The lighting in the chapel has been redone to include more earth-friendly lights which are actually brighter and do not need to be changed as often. We provide large print programs for all chapel services and events. At most of our events open to the public we will provide a wheelchair accessible portable bathroom. And so much more!
Our dreams have been expanded since we invited Wendy Jimenez, Assistant Director of Academic Services for Disability Support Services at California Lutheran University to lead a workshop on our campus. Her time was divided among various constituent groups in order to give them direct resources and information on providing access for people with disabilities. Wendy talked with faculty about making assignments, test-taking and class presentations accessible. She talked with staff about what else can be done to make our campus accessible. There was also time with the entire community to learn about definitions and etiquette when interacting with people with disabilities.
This is only the beginning for our seminary. We plan to have Wendy return every year to work with us since her visit was such a success. The Access Team is continuing to dream and work on fundraising in order to purchase a shuttle van with a wheelchair lift, purchase ramps for some of our older buildings on campus and many other ideas. We are continually working with the Associate Dean for Student Formation on our campus to enhance our website resources and academic accessibility offerings based on what we have learned from the Disability Support Services office in Thousand Oaks.
If you have suggestions for the Access Team on ways to make our seminary more accessible, would like to contribute resources or have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Team Chairperson
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Thu April 20, 2017
The seminary staff, faculty and students will move to the new campus in June. The official start of operations at PLTS in the heart of Berkeley will be on Aug. 1.
- Rector named to help guide seminary
Mon March 13, 2017
A Chicago professor, ordained pastor and community organizer will serve as the first rector of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University.
- Seminary to come down off hilltop
Wed December 14, 2016
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is coming down off the hilltop into downtown Berkeley.
- PLTS Move Frequently Asked Questions
Wed November 30, 2016
Answers to many FAQ regarding the upcoming campus move.
- Great work of our time
Wed November 30, 2016
As the Reformation turns 500, some see the climate crisis as cause for a new one.
- 3 alumni focus of Cal Lutheran ceremony
Wed October 12, 2016
California Lutheran University will highlight three alumni during its Founders Day Convocation – the founder of a Haitian relief organization, an advocate for the LGBTQ community, and an ordained minister who spent nearly two decades supporting Lutheran higher education.
Thu August 18, 2016
A letter from Rev. Brian Stein-Webber, Interim Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Seminary Relations.
- Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Response to Shootings
Tue July 19, 2016
I have felt a visceral sense of terror, a tightening in my guts, when I imagine how I would feel if my two precious sons were Black and, therefore, in danger of their lives every day and night at the hands of police violence and other manifestations of institutionalized white supremacy.
- Message on Orlando Shootings
Mon June 13, 2016
PLTS is the western-most seminary in the ELCA, but we keenly feel for those on the other end of the country, in Orlando, who suffered and are suffering from just the latest, and also the largest, mass shooting in our nation’s modern history.
- Prof. Luis Menendez-Antuna to join PLTS faculty
Mon June 13, 2016
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Prof. Luis Menéndez-Antuña will be joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of New Testament.