Conference Chairs

Charmaine Crockett is Special Projects Coordinator at the Center on Disability Studies where she  organizes the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, manages a conference training outreach unit, and drums up good local and global ideas for outreach and community participation. Previously, she worked in the area of human rights where she conducted human rights education trainings and enhanced the capacity of organizations in developing countries. She has co-chaired many international conferences, lobbied for effective human rights implementation, written and edited articles and manuals on human rights, sustainable development and books, co-founded several non-profits, curated multi-media art shows and worked eight years as a research and data analyst at Goldman Sachs.  She is currently working on a photo essay installation art project and a book on death and dying in her off duty work time. She is moving to New Mexico in late fall of 2017 and has truly enjoyed her time bringing together people to discuss the most important issues of our time.

Photo: Pat Morrissey

Patricia Morrissey is the Director of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (2014-2016). In March and July 2015, she was part of a team that provided disability policy training in Istanbul to Iranian activists. She was Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) from August 2001 till January 2009. Prior to that position Morrissey was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided consulting services to federal agencies, especially on accessibility in technology.