MIHEC Learning Community Webinars: Embracing Dignity of Risk


Magen Rooney-Kron, Christopher Worth, and Stephen Schomaker—all from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)—emphasized the importance of the dignity of risk for students with intellectual disabilities who are pursuing an inclusive postsecondary education. They discussed authentic dignity of risk, what it looks like on a college campus, and some of its benefits and outcomes.

Rooney-Kron taught high school students with intellectual disability in Chicago and now teaches the Transition Issues and Planning course at UMSL. Her research focuses on (a) the inclusion of students with significant support needs in high-quality, work-based learning experiences and (b) how policies, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, affects the provision of transition services to youth with disabilities.

Worth is a community organizer, community educator, writer, and visual artist with a disability. He takes a strengths-based approach to disability, teaching in the UMSL Succeed program, which is a postsecondary program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Worth's research interests include exploring how “calculated risk” can improve self-determination across the life course.

Schomaker was a senior in the Succeed Program at UMSL in spring 2023. He intends to continue his education at UMSL with support from the Link Program. Schomaker plans to pursue an education degree and teach physical education in middle school.


April 2023 
Minnesota Inclusive Higher Education Consortium (MIHEC)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


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