Patricia A. Pardo, PhD

Director, Access and Inclusion Services

PhD, Educational Psychology

Chartered Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Specialization in Disability and Multicultural Organizational Change

Welcome to Access and Inclusion Services! My name is Patricia Pardo and I am the Director of Access and Inclusion Services. I was born in Mexico City and then immigrated to Canada with my family in 1967. I speak Spanish fluently and have, over the course of my career, worked in both Mexico and Central America. I am passionate about empowering students experiencing disability related barriers as both of my parents were totally blind and my younger brother and I are both partially sighted (macular dystrophy). I have spent over 30 years of my career examining disability related barriers, diversity and equity issues. I have also had the opportunity to work with post secondary students by teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of equity and disability related barriers.

I received my PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Disability and Multicultural Organizational Change. At the University of Calgary, I was the Director of the Disability Resource Centre (Student and Academic Services) and was an adjunct assistant professor with the Faculty of Education. I served as the Strategy Lead for People Living in Vulnerable Situations, United Way of Calgary and Area from January, 2007 until June, 2008. I have also served as the President of Post-Secondary Accessibility and Disability Resource Association - Alberta (PADRA), as well as the President of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. I have also been a long time volunteer with CNIB in various capacities for many years.

I invite you to learn more about the services available to students experiencing disability related barriers by visiting our website.

Ciao for now,
Patricia A. Pardo, PhD