The Ethics of Passing and Disability Disclosure in Higher Education


A Disability and Intersectionality Fall 2021 Speaker Series and Virtual Book Club event.

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Joseph Stramondo will explore if or when one has an ethical duty to disclose their disability as a faculty member.

Discussion topics include:

  • Who do you have a responsibility to disclose your disability to and why?
  • Do faculty specifically have an ethical obligation to disclose their disability that is entailed by their role?
  • How do you judge whether the ethical reasons you may have for disclosure are outweighed by your own self-interest to avoid the harms of disability stigma and discrimination by passing?
  • Does one have an obligation to disclose all disabilities or is there reason to disclose some disabilities more than others? 

Stramondo is an associate professor of philosophy and associate director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A. in public policy studies. Broadly, his teaching and research focus on how social and political forces shape the institutions and practices of bio-medicine in morally significant ways. Namely, he studies how various systems of oppression—especially those pertaining to disability—have influenced bioethical thought, education, policy and practice. He has published more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics including: informed consent procedures, moral conflict in medicine, prenatal diagnosis and selection, organ transplantation, physician aid in dying, rationing critical care, assistive technology and brain computer interface technology.

Who can participate:
Open to all
Sponsored by:
The WSU Access Center and Disabled Students and Allies Club

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