Creating and Strengthening Our Connections to Our Purposes and Each Other Through Poetry

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:45am in Meadowbrook I on Thursday, January 1.



  • Scott Marshall, Associate Director for Instructional Technology and Accessibility, University of Minnesota

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


If our work is to be sustainable, we need to be intentional about the connections we create. Our connections to our purposes for this work and our connections to each other are critical. We will gather from 7:30-7:50 each morning, Wednesday through Friday, to create and strengthen those connections.


To the proposal review committee: I proposed this out-of-the-ordinary proposal for AHG 2017. I'm proposing 20 minutes, W-F before official conference sessions kick-off each day. A warm-up if you will - a more reflective time to encourage intentionality around our work and our relationships. Abstract below. No idea whether you're willing to consider something "off-schedule" but thank you for giving it some thought - I appreciate it. --Scott Marshall

I don’t think any one of us thinks compliance is our goal. Complaints and lawsuits often hijack our attention, thus our intention, and they steer us down an easy path that ends prematurely and is difficult to sustain. Instead, let’s go down the much more difficult path of commitment and accessibility. This path requires connections to clear purposes and to each other. We'll use poetry to expand and clarify our thinking about our purposes and in the process, we’ll intentionally practice creating and strengthening our relationships.


  1. Purpose should drive our work.
  2. Progress toward purpose is easier to make together.
  3. Powerful connections require intentionality.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Scott Marshall

Dad, husband, disc-thrower, reader, woodworker: Scott is practicing using his privilege and gifts to make higher ed digitalia more accessible to more people.