Alison Coombs, a fourth-year graduate student working on a PhD in philosophy, has been selected as a 2014 Student Fellow at the State University of New York’s fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference. As a fellow, Coombs will build upon the momentum of the conference by working with SUNY leadership to implement new strategies for collective impact on campuses and in communities. She was selected based on her interest in collective impact and desire to contribute. Her participation in the conference was meant to foster this interest and leadership while providing her with new tools, clearer vision and a broader, stronger network of connections in her field. She is currently doing pre-dissertation research in bioethics and disability. She hopes to use her studies in bioethics to change our understanding of disability in philosophical ethics, social life and public policy. She is also the president of the Binghamton University Graduate Student Organization, and in that role has advocated for University-wide improvements to graduate student advising, career development and access to campus spaces and resources. She received her BA in philosophy and Spanish from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
November 17, 2014