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2017 Grassroots Leadership Award: Dustin Gibson

posted Jul 20, 2017, 8:13 AM by Jessica Benham   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 8:15 AM ]
PCAA is excited to announce that Dustin Gibson will be the recipient of the Grassroots Leadership Award at our 2017 gala. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and sustained commitment to bringing marginalized communities together in ways that align with PCAA's values. These values include advancing the equity of marginalized people through inclusive education, policy, and community, while working to empower leaders in our community using principals of the disability rights movement and intersectional feminism.

Dustin Gibson is a Black Disabled community builder that works to undo ableism and racism. He currently serves as the Director of Independent Living Services at the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Council on Independent Living, constructs curriculum through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living and works as a consultant with the National Center on Disability and Aging. Dustin is the co-founder of the disability-led organization, Disability Advocates for Rights and Transition and is also a member and co-founder of The Harriet Tubman Collective. Through the administering of workshops and project based efforts, Dustin works with several grassroots organizations to eliminate police brutality, support students with disabilities and disrupt the school to prison pipeline. 

Image description: Dustin is standing at a podium, leaning into the microphone. He wear a light blue shirt.