Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and Associate Professor at American University, Joins Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors

February 28, 2017

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Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and Associate Professor at American University, Joins Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors

Syracuse, NY – Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor at the School of International Service at American University and Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), has been appointed to the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors.

“The GUDC is excited to welcome Derrick Cogburn,” stated GUDC Chairman Peter Blanck. “He is an exceptional scholar and professor with deep knowledge in his many fields, and he will be an indispensable asset to the GUDC team.” 

After recent appointments of renowned design and architecture experts, Cogburn’s addition further increases the board’s diverse membership of professionals working across industries and disciplines.

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is Associate Professor of International Communication and Development in the School of International Service at American University. He is also Founding Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University and the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory), an award-winning social science research center investigating the social and technical factors that influence geographically distributed collaborative knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries. His research and teaching includes: global information and communication technology and socio-economic development; multistakeholder institutional mechanisms for Internet governance; transnational policy networks and epistemic communities; and the socio-technical infrastructure for geographically distributed collaboration in knowledge work.

Dr. Cogburn has also been published in major journals such as Telecommunications Policy, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of International Affairs, Assistive Technology, and Information Technologies and International Development.

Dr. Cogburn received his Ph.D. in political science from Howard University, where he was a W.K. Kellogg doctoral fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.

On his recent appointment, Dr. Cogburn said, “It is an honor and a pleasure to join this very prestigious body. I have been following the work of the GUDC almost since its inception, and have been continuously impressed with the innovation, dedication and focus of this team on improving the lives of persons with disabilities around the world, and particularly its focus on measuring and promoting accessibility in the built environment. I look forward to serving with my colleagues, and to making my contribution to this important legacy.”

The Global Universal Design Commission is proud to welcome Derrick Cogburn.

About GUDC

The Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (GUDC) is a not-for-profit corporation. It was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services. The GUDC promotes understanding and use of UD so that all environments may be useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation, retrofitting, or specialized design. Learn more at http://www.globaluniversaldesign.org/