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Varland co-authors study of disabled students’ cocurricular involvement

Charlie Varland, associate dean of students in the Office of the Dean of Students, was published in the Journal of College Student Development. The study, “Environmental Influences on Disabled Students’ Cocurricular Involvement” expands the literature on disabled college students, exploring factors that create barriers to cocurricular involvement, factors that make involvement possible and those that encourage involvement. According to the authors, the findings hold significant implications for institutions of higher education and can inform organizational efforts to modify involvement opportunities and address ableism and other aspects of the environment that affect the level of involvement of disabled students.

Varland co-authored the study with Nancy J. Evans, professor emerita of higher education and student affairs at Iowa State University; Ellen M. Broido, professor of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University; Jody A. Kunk-Czaplicki, adjunct instructor of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University and postdoctoral scholar in the Flora Stone Mather College for Women at Case Western Reserve University; and Val Erwin, a doctoral student of higher education administration at Bowling Green State University.