It is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate Dr. Saili Kulkarni on being selected for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. This honor recognizes individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring. The Hall of Fame was established to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring individuals with disabilities. The National Disability Mentoring Coalition and the Planning Committee are thrilled to include Dr. Kulkarni as a champion of disability mentoring.
As an Associate Professor of Special Education at SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dr. Saili Kulkarni has made a significant impact in the field of disability education. Through her research, she brings attention to the intersections of disability and race in teacher education, using DisCrit to understand how teachers, particularly special education teachers of color, enact resistance in schools. Dr. Kulkarni is also an advocate for restorative and humanizing practices for young children of color with disabilities.
We are proud to have Dr. Kulkarni as a member of the Lurie College community and look forward to her continued contributions to the field of disability education. Congratulations again on this well-deserved recognition!