Alumna and The Circle star Raven Sutton, ’18 & G-’19, attended the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Black History Month Roundtable with Young Disabled Leaders webinar on Thursday, February 23. She was one of nine individuals who participated in the webinar, which was moderated by Tara Murray, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement.

Raven Sutton with other young disabled leaders at White House for Black History Month.

The same day, the White House issued a titled “The Biden-⁠Harris Administration’s Work to Support Black Disabled Americans.” In this fact sheet, the White House wrote, “Black Americans with disabilities are deserving of dignity, respect, and equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Black History Month celebrates the resilience and talents of Black people, including Black disabled people. This country was founded upon the idea that all people are created equal and should be treated equally. However, it is important to acknowledge that racism and ableism together are longstanding barriers to the full participation and independence of Black people with disabilities. America has made significant progress, but there is more work to do to become an inclusive, accessible, and equitable nation.

“From the outset, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken historic action to advance equity through Executive Orders, administrative actions, and the provision of funding and resources. Across the whole of the federal government, agencies are examining their policies and programs for disparities that have made it difficult for Black Americans and people with disabilities to thrive in their communities – at work, at school, and at home. The Administration has delivered real change and will continue to work towards equitable outcomes and opportunities for Black disabled Americans.”

Sutton represented the National Black Deaf Advocates in her role as a Black Youth Ambassador.

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