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Dear Access Partners,


Please join the upcoming Access Partners workshop with Nina G on Monday, March 21 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the University Center Room 326-327.


Also, Please spread the word about this event as well as the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities’ event with Nina G on March 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the UC Theater. This evening event is tailored to students. If you are an instructor, please consider offering class credit to students who attend one or both of these events.


Thank you,




Mika Watanabe, Ed.D. Coordinator Disability Services for Students University of Montana Ph: 406.243.6535 Fax: 406.243.5330


From: Bliss, Stacey
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 1:36 PM
To: Bliss, Stacey
Subject: Nina G - Monday, March 21st


The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, in partnership with Summit Independent Living Center, is thrilled to bring Nina G. “The West Coast’s Only Female Stuttering Comedian” to campus on Monday, March 21st .


There are 2 events on-campus featuring Nina G.  Access Partners is presenting Nina G from 10:00-11:30 in the UC, room 326-27. More information and the online registration are available at the Access Partners web page:  The press release is below.


The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is presenting Nina G from 7:00-8:30 in the UC theater.  Nina will perform material from her one-woman show “Going Beyond Inspirational” and then be joined by Mike Beers (comedian and disability activist from Summit Independent Living Center) for a panel discussion.  The last 30 minutes will be allotted for questions from the audience.  See the second press release below for more information.


Both events are free.


I would be most appreciative if you could share this information and consider offering class credit to students who attend one or both of these events.  We anticipate Nina G’s time on campus will facilitate thought-provoking and humorous discussions which will hopefully inspire further dialogue around the complex issue of disability.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions.






Stacey Bliss

NIRS Data and Outreach Coordinator

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

University of Montana

Corbin 247

(406) 243-5760



National Disability Activist to Speak to UM Faculty, Staff, Students March 21


MISSOULA - A nationally known disability activist, Nina G, will present a workshop on creating a diverse environment for all people, including individuals with disabilities, on Monday, March 21, at the University of Montana.


The workshop, which is open to all UM faculty, staff and students, will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in University Center Rooms 326-327.


Nina G is a stuttering stand-up comedian, speaker, author and producer. Through her use of humor in order to validate disabilities, Nina G will present her personal experiences, giving suggestions for positive interactions with people with disabilities and creating an inclusive campus environment.


Access Partners is an alliance for UM faculty, staff and students to promote a campus environment that goes above and beyond disability compliance. The alliance’s goal is to promote a diverse campus community that welcomes all individuals by creating a more positive and innovative UM experience for all people. This workshop is sponsored by the Rural Institute.


For more information visit or call 406-243-2243.



‘Stuttering Comedian’ Nina G Brings One-Woman Show to UM March 21


MISSOULA – Nina G, who bills herself as “The West Coast’s Only Female Stuttering Comedian,” will bring her one-woman show to the University of Montana this month.


The comedian, social activist and author, who also has a learning disability, will present “Going Beyond Inspirational” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the University Center Theater. The performance, sponsored by the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM, is free and open to the public. It may contain adult content not suitable for some audiences. 


“Going Beyond Inspirational” is based on Nina G’s real-life experiences. In a world where people with disabilities are often portrayed solely as being “inspirational,” or are otherwise presented through the filter of perceptions of people without disabilities, Nina G’s show is carefully crafted to validate the disability experience for people with and without disabilities.


“There is an ongoing struggle of tending to be preachy but wanting to be funny at the same time,” she said. “I think that’s a balance that I really need to have. For the topic of disability, it’s especially important to use humor as a tool to open up dialogue, because people's defenses are so high.”


Nina G will present for 30 minutes, and then she will be joined by Mike Beers of Summit Independent Living Center in Missoula for a 30-minute panel discussion. The event will close with a 30-minute audience Q-and-A session.


The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM engages in research, provides education and interdisciplinary training, and develops model services that improve the skills, abilities and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who support and partner with them. More information is online at