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Alice Sheppard and Jerron Herman receive Ford Foundation honors

UCLA’s Dancing Disability Lab participants Alice Sheppard and Jerron Herman have been named among twenty Disability Futures Fellows by the Ford Foundation in partnership with the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Alice joined the 2019 inaugural inclusion lab, Dancing Disability, as an instructor and facilitator and returned for the 2020 lab to lead a second cohort. She brings her widely acclaimed dance career and background in the humanities to this groundbreaking exploration of how we represent, look at, transform, and challenge ideas about the body and personhood. Jerron joined the Dancing Disability Lab in the summer of 2020 and is currently engaged in expanding the frontiers of this inclusion work. The Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellows aims to increase the visibility of disabled creative practitioners whose work advances the cultural landscape. Fellows are selected from across disciplines and geography, to elevate their voices individually and collectively.

Bathed in light, a shirtless beardedBlack man with dark brown skin, a short hi-top fade, and a patterned headband gazes intently into the camera
A Black woman leans forward and smiles brightly, teeth showing and eyes closed, as she rests her chin in her palm. She has light brown skin, curly shoulder-length hair with subtle highlights, and wears a black blouse and sleek gold necklace.