James “Davis” Hayman, an international business and finance major from Johnson City, Tennessee, has created a platform to advocate for the disabled community. He hopes to increase representation, understanding and change through his lectures and his UofSC study abroad blog from Paris.
"Most often when people hear the term ‘diversity,’ disability is not included. In fact, people with disabilities, who make up approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, are often left out of many arenas, including modern media. Less than 2 percent of characters on TV in 2018 were disabled, and the discrepancy between these two statistics illustrates a large societal problem. In an effort to spread information and awareness for people with physical disabilities, I try to share my story wherever I can."