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Launching Urban’s Disability Equity Policy Initiative: A Conversation on Including Disability in Research

The Urban Institute is launching a Disability Equity Policy Initiative (DEPI) within our Office of Race and Equity Research. This work will have three initial focus areas: housing for disabled people, immigrants with disabilities, and challenges for disabled people living in rural areas.

Please join the Urban Institute and nationally recognized experts for a conversation on the importance of researchers advocating for disability inclusion in data collection and how we can apply a disability lens to our work. 



  • Celina Barrios-Millner, Co–Vice President, Office of Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute 
  • Allie Cannington, Senior Manager, Advocacy and Organizing, The Kelsey
  • Rebecca Cokley, Program Officer, US Disability Rights, Ford Foundation
  • Katherine A. Pérez, Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; Director, The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation
  • Susan J. Popkin, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Bonnielin Swenor, Director and Founder, Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center
  • Kimberlyn Leary, Senior Vice President, Urban Institute (moderator)


Funding for this event was provided by seed funding from the Ford Foundation. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. We will provide ASL, CART, and auto-transcription services. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, October 12, 2022

  • Co-Vice President
  • Institute Fellow
    Codirector, Disability Equity Policy Initiative
  • Executive Vice President