Charnessa Warren holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Science (UIUC), and a Master of Science degree in Disability and Human Development, with a concentration in Rehabilitative Technology (UIC). Charnessa is a current doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, with a concentration in Diversity & Equity in Education. Charnessa is also a NCCJ St. Louis certified DEI FaciliTrainer. Charnessa currently works with the University of Chicago as the Director of Student Disability Services, as well as serves as a board member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). With 25 years of experience as a disability accommodation specialist and assistive technology subject matter expert, she has grown into a well-respected disability inclusion advocate, speaker, leader, and thought partner in establishing innovative ways to incorporate disability as a part of diversity and inclusion efforts.