Jewls Griesmeyer Krentz is an Access Counselor and Consultant at the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at PSU since 2013 where she enjoys finding creative and collaborative ways to promote equity and inclusion for PSU students and the PSU community. Jewls specializes in working with blind and low vision students, supervises classroom assistants and graduate-level interns at the DRC, and applies a holistic, social justice approach to working with disabled students. Jewls serves on the Accessibility Committee and chairs the Accessible Events Subcommittee at PSU. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Affiliate of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD), co-chairs the Blind and Low Vision Knowledge and Practice Community at Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and serves as a mentor for the AHEAD Start Academy for new(er) disability services professionals. Jewls has presented multiple times at regional and national conferences, including AHEAD, ORAHEAD, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and is actively engaged in ongoing research projects. Jewls received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from PSU in 2008 and is a PhD candidate in Adult and Higher Education at Oregon State University. Her doctoral work focuses on international and immigrant students with disabilities, disability identity, and intersectionality. Jewls is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to coming to PSU, Jewls had a private counseling practice and served as a commissioner on the city of Portland Commission on Disability.
As a member of the DRC team, Jewls shares in the commitment to approaching disability services using a social and disability justice lens that values the intersectional identities of all members of the PSU community. Jewls identifies as a white, cisgender, queer, disabled woman and recognizes the interrlocking systems of oppression and marginalization that inform her work while also placing her in a position to use her privilege as an accomplice to interrupt these systems.