My name is Jennifer C. Wilson, and I am a communication specialist. I graduated from University of Portland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication. My capstone focuses on framing people with disabilities as able and not disabled. I chose this topic to provide a means for people with disabilities to feel empowered in situations where able-bodied people are discriminating against people with disabilities. This research was necessary because people with disabilities often feel disenfranchised after years of misguided help which turns into discrimination from able-bodied people.
I faced severe discrimination since 6th grade, because of my three learning disabilities: dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. I have met numerous individuals who have faced discrimination like myself. As a result of my different learning style, I have been uniquely positioned to master the art of diplomatic high-stakes negotiation self-advocacy.
Since my VISTA AmeriCorps 2014-2015 service year, I gained awareness of the complex discrimination that Muslims experience in Western Societies. During a professional conference, the topic of Islamic Religion was broached. I witnessed people who were opposed to all types of injustice openly discriminated against Muslims. Since that eye-opening experience, I have devoted time nearly every day to studying the rhetoric surrounding Muslim rights in Western Societies through reading hundreds of news sources from around the world. I also have spent countless hour engaging with individuals on Twitter to understand better the intricacy of the rationale behind why Muslims, especially Muslim Women face blatant discrimination.
When people who promised to protect me, but in turn used my words against me to metaphorically slit my throat, I would watch the movie Legally Blonde while painting the nails of my dog reminding myself that anything is possible. That with determination and being true to myself that I can accomplish any goal I set my mind too. The word “Love” comes from the understanding that without love there is no life. No matter how misguided and hateful someone is towards me I must always remember that they are a person and all people are worthy of love. The word “Pink” comes from the movie Legally Blonde, because pink is Elle Woods’ favorite color. As a
result, pink has become my power color and it’s a constant reminder that with unconditional love anything is possible.