Jaggar DeMarco is a graduate student at The George Washington University. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication in 2016 and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Media and Strategic Communication in GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs.
At GW, Jaggar is involved in a variety of student organizations and groups. In September 2012, he started writing for The Hatchet, where he is a contributing columnist for the Opinions section. As a columnist, he has written about many issues regarding disability and higher education, including, but not limited to, the pressures of interning as a student with a disability and the physical access to different spaces and services available on campus. He was also a presenter at the 2014 conference Composing Disability: Diagnosis, Interrupted, where he spoke about the importance of self advocacy and personal care as an integral part of being successful in college.
In the spring 2015 semester, Jaggar took a position as a policy intern at the National Council on Independent Living. There, he was able to work on a social media campaign designed to encourage youth to participate in the 25thanniversary of the ADA at the July 2015 NCIL conference. In the summer of 2015, he was an intern at the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, where he worked on accessible technology. On July 24th, he spoke on a panel featuring emerging disability community leaders for the Department of Education’s celebration of the ADA.
As a member of the DSS Speakers Bureau, Jaggar discusses the physical barriers and access issues present in higher education, the importance of youth participation in advocating for access, and the need for mentors for students with disabilities. In addition, he hopes to establish a disability cultural competency center for the GW community.