Actress Sofiya Cheyenne to present disability as diversity program

Western Carolina University’s Office of Accessibility Resources will host an event celebrating disability as diversity from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in Room A of the Blue Ridge Conference Center.

Sofiya Cheyenne

Sofiya Cheyenne, an actress, model and dancer as well dwarfism advocate, will present a program on her life. The New York-based multidisciplinary performance artist was born with a rare form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital, and as an adult stands 4 feet 1 inch tall. Rather than focusing on her differences, she focuses on her love of performing, investing in projects that exemplify how people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage and in television and film.

“Cheyenne inspires audiences to not let adversity, injustice and disability define who they are or prevent them from living life to the fullest,” said Wesley Satterwhite, director of the Office of Accessibility Resources.

WCU offers many ways for all students to engage with people from different backgrounds and support programs for diverse students. For more information, contact Satterwhite at 828-227-3886.