Sara Maria Acevedo Sara Maria Acevedo

Adjunct Instructor
School of Undergraduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

MA, Temple University

BA, Universidad de Salamanca

Sara M. Acevedo is a neurodivergent mestiza, activist scholar, educator and disability justice advocate born and raised in Colombia, South America. She serves a Diversity and Disability Advocacy Fellow for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology and Social Change Program. Her current research explores activism as history making and qualitative collaborative research methods to challenge oppressive systems impinging on the right of disabled communities to produce cultural and political spaces of inherent value by and for themselves. Sara is currently exploring and documenting the politics of self-direction and self-governance across neurodivergent grassroots communities serving autistic and otherwise neurodivergent transitioning youth in the Bay Area. She utilizes activist ethnographic methods as a strategy to amplify the voices and lived experiences of disabled communities living oppressively at the intersections of race, class, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious practice, and political affiliation. Both her pedagogy and scholarship as well as her grassroots work invite a re-figuration of disability as a vibrant political and cultural experience as opposed to a flat clinical diagnosis.

My teaching philosophy :
"I have a deep passion for learning, an ever-expanding curiosity for the new, and an unwavering desire for spaces (geographic, temporal, and even fictive) in which the old and the new collide, creatively, against the backdrop of the current. I am a lover of the intersection and a deterrent of unfruitful polarization. I believe in prolific dialectics and avoid the circular dynamics of the binary. I simultaneously embrace contention, critique, and the recuperation of that which, in a piece of writing or a work of art, is consequential to the building of an alternative perspective to the world as we know it. I filter the prefigurative through praxis and experience practice through the lens of living utopias (guerrilla workshops, , activist ethnographic inquiry and grassroots co-creative communities reflecting and acting on the political from the peripheries). I envision the outcome of an ever-becoming community founded on the spirit of mutual recognition, mutual aid, solidarity, and the building of a human ethics beyond dogma. All this that I envision can only materialize in the context of horizontal learning; an experience that I commend as the most humanizing way of re-imagining other ways of being, collectively. All of the previous speaks to the realization that my passion for learning can only become fully realized in dialogue, in the flux of horizontal sharing and in the co-creation of ever-evolving bodies of knowledge - knowledges that are always open to transformation byway of collective inquiry and action."

To learn more about Sara and her work, please visit: 
Autismo, Liberación y Orgullo

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