Sydney Erlikh

Meet Sydney

Why did you choose DHD at UIC?
DHD is an interdisciplinary program. I felt that this program could give me a strong theoretical background in disability studies while matching my dance background. Chicago has a vibrant arts and culture scene that provides many research and practice opportunities to combine with my academic classes.

What do you want to do with a DHD degree?
Currently my focus is research in the interdisciplinary field of mixed ability dance. This field is currently missing leadership voices both on the national and state levels. My goal is to one day impact not only creative practices, but also national policy focused on art education and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Research Interests
Mixed Ability Dance, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Educational Practices, Arts Integration

Education
MSEd, Middle Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities, Pace University, 2013
BA, Dance & History, University of California-San Diego, 2008