Inclusive Excellence Symposium

Inclusive Excellence: From Competition to the Classroom

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Slide deck from Dr. Jake Resch's presentation

Return to Learn After Sport-Related Concussion: A Survey of Secondary School and Collegiate Athletic Traininers

NCAA Sport Science Institute: Mental Health Educational Resources

Closing Keynote: Marci Ridpath / Slide deck

Join us on the grounds of the University of Virginia on Friday, June 28th as we explore the intersection of student-athletes and disability. The event will be held in the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library Auditorium from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

This day-long symposium will offer insights from leaders in the area of concussion management, testimonials from athletes and coaches, and best practices from practitioners of both the campus disability services and athletics academic support offices. 

Our keynote speaker, Marci Ridpath, sums up the intention of our symposium well: "Building a bridge between the athletics department and the campus disability office is a key to widening the circle of support for student-athletes with disabilities."

We will also employ an "unconference" element where throughout the morning attendees will determine the topics of two afternoon sessions. 

Speaker Spotlight

Program Speakers Photos and Biographies
Speaker Photo Biography
Marci Ridpath

Our keynote speaker, Marci Ridpath, is the President and Founder of MAR Educational Consulting. She has served as the Disability Consultant for the NCAA over the past 20 years and she also works as a coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Marcia has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education working as a special education teacher, principal, learning specialist, academic advisor, and adjunct processor.  She is a national speaker and a published author, dedicated to serving as an ally for people with disabilities. She has a proven track record in educating, motivating and mentoring people.

Jacob Resch

Dr. Jacob Resch completed his doctorate at the University of Georgia in 2010 and served as faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington until 2014. Dr. Resch, his wife Celeste and two children Maxwell and Hudson transitioned to the University of Virginia where he serves as faculty within the University of Virginia Department of Kinesiology graduate Athletic Training and Sports Medicine programs. Dr. Resch also serves as co-director of the Exercise and Sports Injury laboratory. The focus of Dr. Resch’s research is to assess the measurement properties of current and novel clinical measures of sport concussion used to assess young and adult athletes. Dr. Resch has published his research in a variety of journals and has presented his findings at regional, national and international meetings.

Program Highlights

Keynote Presentation: Marci Ridpath

Ms. Ridpath will provide insights from her work building bridges to widen the circle of support structures for student-athletes with disabilities and bring together the discussions and information presented during the day, providing next steps and ideas to bring back to your campus.

Setting the Stage:

A panel of current and past student-athletes will discuss their experiences as students with disabilities, who also happen to be athletes.

Concussion Management: 

Dr. Jacob Resh and Dr. Kristen Heinan will discuss best practices and current research for concussion management and its implications in the classroom.

"Unconference" Hot Topics:

To assure current and pressing issues are addressed, we will also employ an "unconference" element where throughout the morning, attendees will determine the topics of two afternoon sessions.

Event Sponsors

This symposium is organized and sponsored by the following the University of Virginia departments:

UVA Accessibility Connection. Partnership. Community Logo


Directions and Lodging

Our event will be held in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Auditorium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, approximately 120 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Please review our maps and our parking instructions before making your trip.

There are many lodging opportunities in Charlottesville. To help you plan your visit, information can be found on the UVA Website and the Charlottesville / Albemarle Visitor's Bureau

If you will be driving to Charlottesville, plan to park in the Central Grounds Parking Garage

Directions to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The auditorium is located on the basement level:

  • Take the Central Grounds Parking Garage elevator to the 4th floor.
  • Walking with stairs:
    • Turn right, walk toward Newcomb Hall, and proceed up the outside steps to the right of the building.
    • At the top, follow the sidewalk toward the street (McCormick Rd.).
    • Bear left and walk past Peabody Hall.
    • The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is the next building on the left.
  • Using an elevator:
    • If you prefer to take an elevator, walk across the brick courtyard and through the white double doors of Newcomb Hall.
    • Walk down the hallway in front of you, and turn right into a smaller hallway.
    • Take the elevator (on your right) to the third floor.
    • Exit Newcomb and follow the sidewalk toward the street (McCormick Rd.).
    • Bear left and walk past Peabody Hall.
    • The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is the next building on the left.

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lori Kressin, Coordinator of Academic Accessibility at