Florida State University’s Division of Student Affairs has announced Laventrice Ridgeway as the new assistant dean and director of the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). He will begin his role on Jan. 10.
Ridgeway comes to FSU with a strong background in accessibility services and student support services such as the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search Programs at the University of South Alabama. In addition, he has demonstrated a strong background in collaboration, compliance and student advising in areas such as student conduct, Title IX, sexual assault response and prevention, and career development.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Ridgeway to the division and the Department of Student Support and Transitions (DSST),” said Angela Lauer Chong, associate vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “His wealth of experience in accessibility services and passion for supporting the needs of a diverse student community will be an asset to our team. Dr. Ridgeway will provide strong leadership in OAS and advocacy for students accessing accommodations at Florida State University.”
Ridgeway holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of South Alabama. His research and dissertation focused on self-efficacy and belongingness in transfer students with disabilities.
“Dr. Ridgeway’s depth of experience and knowledge of ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act make him an incredible asset for the FSU community,” said Shelley Ducatt, senior associate dean of students, director of Student Support and Transitions, and the ADA Coordinator for Students. “Laventrice is passionate about working with students, faculty and staff in the provision of accommodations and creating a campus culture of inclusion. We are thrilled to have Dr. Ridgeway as a member of the DSST team.”
For more information about the Office of Accessibility Services and the Department of Student Support and Transitions, visit dsst.fsu.edu/oas.