Our Role at GW

Disability Support Services (DSS) at GW recognizes disability in the context of diversity. We work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence, while also promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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Meet the DSS Team

Susan McMenamin

Susan is the director of DSS and focuses on new initiatives in response to the university’s increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Seth Bravin

Seth collaborates with stakeholders throughout the university to incorporate universal design principles and to maintain GW's commitment to accessibility.

Joseph P. Fisher

Joe oversees the Strategic Skills Team and assists students with writing assignments, including various prewriting, drafting, research, and revision tasks. He also helps students develop effective time management and study strategies.

Wade Fletcher

Wade collaborates with students to develop and plan strategies for addressing their own writing concerns. He provides support across the writing process and assists with time management and study strategies.

Leila Kramer

Leila Kramer comes to GW with 20 years of experience in the field of Learning Disabilities. She holds an MSW in Clinical Social Work and an MA in Special Education from The American University. She is also a certified life coach.

Najiyah Williams

Najiyah oversees the departmental budget, organizes the logistical details for the Composing Disability and Composing Diversity events and coordinates interpreting services.

Gary Stoddard

Gary manages all of the front desk operations. His kind, calm voice greets virtually everyone—students, parents, GW faculty, GW staff—who contacts DSS.

Terri West

Terri organizes all of DSS’s test proctoring services. She links student and faculty populations together, ensuring that a large majority of DSS students can efficiently access their testing accommodations.

Kate Lacey

Kate is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked for GW since 1994.

Cheryl Ringel

Cheryl has a MA in sign language interpretation from Gallaudet University and is an English/American Sign Language interpreter.