The Ray Coppler Disability Awareness Award was originally developed in the 2010–11 academic year. The award was permanently named after the 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
accessibility compliance—one that
enhances the integration and success of persons with disabilities, and a
campus-wide culture of access.
For the 2018–19 academic year, the Coppler Award will honor and give special recognition to an IUP student (undergraduate
or graduate) who has displayed exemplary and creative contributions within the
past year (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: