Clemson University

Pay Me What I'm Worth: Valuing the Work of Disabled People

Vilissa Thompson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from Winnsboro, SC. Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities. Being a Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Activist affords Vilissa the opportunity to be a prominent leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political figures about the plight of people with disabilities, especially Black women and femmes with disabilities.

She has been featured in ESSENCE for its “Woke 100 Women” 2018 list; spoke about her entrepreneurship and activism work for Forbes; invited to be a panelist for the Know Her Truths conference at Wake Forest University; and appeared in Huffington Post, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, Upworthy, Daily Dot, Daily Beast, and The Atlantic. In addition to her activism, she co-hosts the Wheelin' & Dealin' podcast, which dissects politics from an intersectional lens.
Everything she does revolves around being unapologetically herself - Black, disabled, and making good trouble to shake up the status quo.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:30pm

Watt Family Innovation Center, Auditorium
Sigma Drive, Clemson, SC 29634