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
Hipolito Ruiz & Chloe Marbell Davidson, recipients of the 2019 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 2019. Hipolito and Chloe received $3,000 each thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Lorna Carlin.
I am truly humbled to have been awarded the Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholarship in partnership with the DSC. Life has presented me with challenges I did not expect to face but has surprised me with doors of opportunity as well. I came from a single parent, low-income, first generation American household and studied diligently to transfer into a top university. Curious about technology from a young age, I worked on building computers before YouTube even existed and moved on to moding smartphones in my teens. Now I hope to impact the lives of many people such as myself by creating technologies to increase access to public and private spaces. This may take the form of devices that allow people to reside in their community or that empower them to venture out and explore their surroundings. I believe the way to bring people together is by reducing barriers in society, education, and employment. Imagine a future in which persons with varying abilities could go to work in a self-driving car, clean their home with a voice activated vacuum, or create stronger social bonds through the aid of smart glasses designed to inform the wearer of people around them. Receiving this scholarship has revealed a new door of opportunity for me. To pursue a graduate degree in informatics and shape the world of tomorrow. There is no doubt we can dream big and achieve the impossible with the generosity of those such as Dr. Carlin and the support of organizations such as DSC. -Hipolito
My name is Chloe Marbell Davidson and I am an upcoming 3rd-year majoring in History and Anthropology. I have known UC Irvine for all my life and to be enrolled here is a dream come true. Before entering college, I was a student at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) under the Production and Design conservatory. I was trained to be a creative force in theatrical arts through enrolling in classes such as stage makeup, costume design, and scenic painting. I thought I was to follow the steps of my late and great tia Gina who was an instructor in the program and had a masters degree in Costume Design from CalArts. She was someone I have admired for years - to go into higher education and had the greatest taste in movies. After my tia died abruptly in 2015, it made me realize that every second of my life should be going towards my own interests. I enjoyed the theatre but I was mostly interested in historical costumes, which brought me to my silent love affair with history. The Summer of 2019, I participated in the Transforming Knowledge Transforming Libraries Research Project with local community archives and worked in the Reference department at Langson Library. These experiences have reminded me that narratives like mine are not represented in most repositories and inspired me to enter the field of library sciences by going to library school after graduation. I want to specialize in textile materials to preserve my love for historical clothing and work of local costume designers in Orange County including those like my late tia. My long term goal is to one day run my own archive that will document people of color with disabilities in history for under-represented populations to feel they have control of their past. Receiving the Dr. Lorna Carlin scholarship is truly a wonderful honor and will be very helpful for me to continue my studies without outside worries. My passion is to help marginalized communities with disabilities achieve their full potential in higher education by creating spaces that do not sacrifice their identity for their limitations to be validated. Everyone deserves the right to an accessible and accommodated education. - Chloe
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.