Equality and Diversity Lecture 2019-20: In conversation with Haben Girma

Event date
28 November 2019
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Oxford week
English Lecture Theatre 2
Haben Girma

Notes & Changes

The organisers of this event would like to make clear that while they are in solidarity with the UCU industrial action taking place this week, this event is going ahead as planned because it could not be moved or rearranged. This is principally because our speaker is American and is in England only this week. Further, we did not want to lose a unique opportunity to hear from a leading advocate for disability equality, which we regard as a highly important issue for many staff and students in UK higher education today. If you have any  questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us 

Follow this link to access a video recording of the interview

Follow this link to access a transcript of the interview

Haben Girma



The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation and travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion. She has learnt non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. 


BSL Interpretors will be provided at the event.