The mission of the Disability Services Center at UCI is to empower students to maximize their abilities to thrive in today’s global community. DSC is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion at UCI; including accessible and inclusive learning that utilizes principles of Universal Design and Diversity which benefit all student populations.
This mission touches all aspects of the student experience for those registered with DSC. In order to enhance and provide the most positive student experience in an inclusive environment, donors play a vital part in the success of our mission. The donations given by our generous donors provide us with ways to go beyond the annual DSC budget and to continue to be leaders in the area of inclusivity for all.
Development and Donor Opportunities
Gifts can be one time donations or ongoing, regularly scheduled giving. There are several options available for designating your gift to DSC. These include, but are not limited to:
- Scholarship funds
- Equipment purchases
- Mental health assessments
- Funding of programs and events to enhance awareness
- Giving Day contributions
- Alumni gifts
- Miscellaneous gifts to be used where needed
Dr. Lorna Carlin M.D. Scholarship 2020 Recipients
Juanita Lopez, Leslie Lopez, and Young Ko, recipients of the 2020 Dr. Lorna Carlin M.D. Scholarship
The Disability Services Center (DSC) was excited to present the Dr. Lorna Carlin M.D. Scholarship in fall of 2020. They each received $3,300 thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Lorna Carlin.
My name is Juanita Lopez. I am a transfer student from the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. This upcoming fall quarter will be my second year attending UC Irvine. When I received my letter of acceptance to UC Irvine, I was ecstatic. I have had many challenges in my life and when I read the acceptance letter, I cried out of happiness. I got accepted to one of the top universities in the nation. It made me realize through all those difficult challenges in my life, starting from childhood to adult hood that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to do. Growing up in one of the most impoverished areas in the City of Los Angeles, known as Pico-Union, I had dreams as a child but to make them a reality it was very difficult because there were no mentors that could push me to make them happen. Especially, when I was told “I would amount to nothing”, these words have pushed me, to prove myself I can make it. I took those negative words and turned them into positive ones. I have had many bumps in my pathway; however, I have managed to walk over them with the help of mentors such as professors, students, staff, faculty, and generous people such as Dr. Lorna Carlin. I am ecstatic and humbled of being one of the recipients of Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholarship in partnership with the DSC. My professional goals are to become a public servant and serve the City of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. I am a Political Science major and my goal is to help communities like the one I was raised in. My leadership skills in social justice are a strong ethical framework, which help me to advocate for the homeless, persons with disabilities, and previously incarcerated persons. I am deeply passionate about the re-entry program the Los Angeles Community College District has implemented. I feel very blessed to help my community by enrolling previous incarcerated persons at LATTC by doing seminars on campus. Helping them transition into a positive environment, through education. I believe when we support each other as a community, it makes a difference. - Juanita
My name is Leslie Lopez, and I am a Vocal Performance Major at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. This fall, I will begin my second year here at UCI, where I am looking to challenge the world’s perspective on what a performer should like. Being a student with physical disabilities can sometimes feel like we are limited to what our bodies and health permit us to do, although this may seem frustratingly true, I hope to show my community there is no one way of becoming the person you want to be, and to remember that life is all about adapting and finding your own way of getting things done. I find it surreal when I tell people that I am a deaf singer with four fingers on each hand, who enjoys playing the ukulele during her free time. I have been studying classical music for 5 years now. As a deaf and physically disabled person, I would like to show people in and out of my community that anything is possible. I want to help and inspire everyone of all demographics that sharing your heart through your art is a privilege and should be taken seriously and respectively. Getting an education in music, historically has only been possible for the wealthy. Today, it still requires a huge financial investment, in private instruction, one’s instrument, and self-care. Being a person of color, who comes from a low income background, paying for lessons and lab fees is a challenge. And, with the novel Pandemic, virtual lessons have begun to require microphones and other electronic equipment to help facilitate our remote sessions. This scholarship will help alleviate the worries of being able to cover these new expenses. I am thankful for my DSC friends. Having a community makes the world feel a little less intimidating and leaves room for inspiration. A supportive community who can empathize and understand your experiences is important. Dr. Carlin, your contribution is helping this Latina Art singer, who happens to be differently abled, add even more diversity to the performing musician world. - Leslie
My name is Young Ku and I am an upcoming fourth year at UCI. I am currently majoring in Education Sciences, aspiring to be a bilingual primary teacher. Ever since I was in high school, I tutored elementary and junior high students and volunteered at my church’s Afterschool program. These opportunities helped me develop an interest in the education field and learn more about myself and my passions. In addition to wanting to leverage my past experiences and my passion for teaching to make education more accessible and effective, I want to immerse deeper into a culture that I strongly identify with. Growing up as a Korean American immigrant, I developed great pride in being Korean despite being away from my home country, and as I took different classes here at UCI, I was able to find the value of multicultural education. I have also learned how culture can affect disabled students and how it can be a potential impediment in having accessible education. The more I learned of how our cultures and backgrounds influence education, the more I became determined to become a bilingual teacher. After I finish my undergrad here at UCI, I plan to pursue a higher education and hope to participate in research which involves bilingual students and learning. With these experiences, I want to eventually teach English in different countries and research more about the impact and influence of culture on schools. In doing so, I want to ultimately make education more effective to students from various cultures. Thanks to Dr. Lorna Carlin and her generosity, I am able to pursue this dream with a lighter financial burden. I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship and I truly hope to use this scholarship to continue to live out my passions and help the communities around me create an environment that grants accessible education. - Young
Donor Funds Making an Impact
Haben Girma, October 2018
As part of Disability Awareness Month, DSC invited Haben Girma to speak, and meet with staff, faculty, and students. Girma, the first Deaf Blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, is an advocate, educator, and world renowned speaker. Events like this are part of DSCs commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion.
Smartpens for students with disabilities
Thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Lorna Carlin, M.D., DSC was able to refresh and expand our collection of smartpens. Smartpens and other assistive technologies allow students to focus their time and energy on their classes.
Thank you for giving!
On June 24, 2020, UCI alumni, students, faculty, staff, emeriti, retirees, parents and friends from around the world made a tremendous impact on our campus and community. We are sincerely grateful to everyone who supported the Disability Services Center and the students that we serve! Thank you!
If you missed Giving Day but would still like to support the DSC, it's not too late.