Disability Employment Awareness Seminar - Sponsored by Raytheon

The Disability Employment Awareness Seminar was held on Monday, October 19, 2015.


The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance and our corporate partner Raytheon Company, will address the training needs and diversity challenges of college students with disabilities transitioning to the workforce. UT Dallas faculty, staff, students, caregivers and corporate community are invited to attend the Disability Employment Awareness Seminar. This seminar will present a number of promising approaches that are available to support student preparation for workplace demands of our global economy. To maximize the effectiveness of these approaches, special attention will focus on increasing the rigor, relevance and engagement as it relates to students who have traditionally faced barriers to successful workforce transitions. Our goal is to broaden awareness for affected students, as well as corporate and educational entities alike to create a strong partnership between faculty, staff, students and the corporate community in the North Dallas area.

Overall goal

To influence attitudes, create new opportunities for dialogue and place the transitioning of college students with disabilities in the forefront at UT Dallas and in the corporate community. The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement strives to accomplish the fulfillment of the UT Dallas commitment to embrace, enhance and celebrate diversity at all levels of the University and our community through the efforts of faculty, staff, students, the executive leadership and corporate community partnerships.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of 13,500 and 2014 sales of $6.1 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally. Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.


Time Event Speaker Title
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions James C. Dockery, J.D.
James C. Dockery
Assistant V.P.,
Office of Institutional Equity & Compliance
Title IX Coordinator,
UT Dallas
Ken Pugh, Ph.D.
Ken Pugh, Ph.D.

Master Clinician,
Callier Center Communication
UT Dallas
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Keynote Presentations
Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?: Transitioning Students from College to Work
Joseph W. Madaus, Ph.D.
Joseph Madaus, Ph.D.

Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. How to Market and Sustain an Inclusive Corporate Environment: Strategies to Support Employment for College Students with Disabilities Presenter
Emanuel Brady Jr.
Emanuel Brady Jr.

Chief Diversity Officer,
VP for IT in Space and Airborne Systems,
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Know It to Own It: Advocating for Your Rights through the Employment Process
Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

Executive Director,
My Possibilities
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch (Networking) Facilitator
Gary LaMonte
Gary LaMonte

Vice President,
Human Resources and Security, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
SOM Executive Dining Room (EDRI1.606) (Each table will have a corporate facilitator)
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wrap-up and Q & A

For more information contact Rosie Peterson at
[email protected]
The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action University. Individuals who
need special accommodations to attend, please call The
Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at
972-883-4566. Texas Relay Operation: 1-800-RELAYTX.