The Ray Coppler Disability Awareness Award was initiated during the 2010–11 academic year, and was permanently named after its first recipient. Ray was an undergraduate student at IUP who was an active advocate of disability rights and equal access, and
worked closely with the Office of Social Equity. Ray graduated from IUP in 2010 with a BA in History and a minor in Economics.
The Coppler Award is designed to reflect the
mission and vision of the Department for Disability Access and Advising (D2A2). This includes D2A2’s mission to enhance the inclusion of
IUP’s students with disabilities, and the vision of a university that
accessibility compliance—one that enhances the integration and success of persons with disabilities, and a campus-wide culture of access.
As of the 2018–19 academic year, the Coppler Award honors and gives special recognition to an IUP student (undergraduate or graduate) who has displayed exemplary and creative contributions (beyond the requisites of their major) toward disability
awareness, advocacy, accessibility, support, and/or education. Special consideration is given to students whose efforts have impacted the inclusion of people with disabilities within the IUP community.
Each year, the Department for Disability Access and Advising and the Division of Student Affairs seek campus-wide nominations for the award. The nominations are then reviewed by a committee made up of both IUP students and employees, including past Coppler
Following are the recipients of the Ray Coppler Award to date: