Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Brie Gertler

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Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Brie Gertler is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy.  The vice provost for academic affairs serves as a second-in-command for the provost and provides leadership and oversight of the core academic functions of the University.

Task Force Membership & Timeline

  • Christa Acampora (Chair), Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

  • Nichole Flores, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

  • Brie Gertler, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

  • Sarah Goraya, Student, College of Arts & Sciences

  • Kevin Mcdonald, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships

  • Oludamini Ogunnaike, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

The Captioning Project: Why Caption?

Why caption?

Captions/transcripts can be provided for both live and recorded events. The information below will focus on the provision of these resources for recorded audio/visual materials.

Often thought of only as a disability-related accommodation, captions and transcripts provide an enhanced means for engagement for many.  Participants can gain from these resources by taking advantage of one or more of the following captioning benefits:

Otter Voice Notes

What are Otter Voice Notes?

Otter Voice Notes (Otter) is a tool that converts voice conversations into smart notes by recording the audio and using artificial intelligence to provide machine-generated transcription. These transcriptions/notes can be edited, shared, and easily searched.

COAA - Creating Accessible Materials

We all want to "get it right" when it comes to providing access to our digital world including our digital content. It is important to remember accessibility is not an all or nothing endeavor. Going at this with a perfectionist mindset can be overwhelming and freeze you in your tracks. It is simply impossible to make all of your digital content 100% accessible for 100% of your users.

The most important thing is to start on the journey and learn some core skills of creating accessible, usable digital content.