MCC's Empowering Student Leaders Series Workshop - Reframing Disability: A Workshop by the Commission of Disability Equality

Friday, October 15, 4:30pm

This interactive workshop is intended to give student leaders the tools they need to think critically about disability. Our speakers will discuss what "disability inclusion" means on our campus and beyond. We will also examine "disability justice" and how anti-ableism is essential for all anti-oppression work. By the end of this workshop, students will gain the language and resources to recognize ableism and the steps they can take to ensure that all social and academic spaces are inclusive and accessible.

The workshop will be held in person and via Zoom on Friday, October 15, at 4:30pm.

RSVP using the following link as this workshop will have a limit of 30 participants.

Reframing Disability RSVP

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Queer Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies)

The RCSGD is facilitating two Queer Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies) this Fall! We were hoping that you would be able to disseminate this information among USS through email and on your social media. We would also love to see you all attend!

Come learn how to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQIA+ campus community. These seminars are an introduction to LGBTQIA+ terminology, pronouns, and LGBTQIA+ resources. You are encouraged to attend both the Queer & Trans 101 and the Trans 101 seminars. Open to staff, faculty, and graduate students! 

Queer & Trans 101
1.  Monday, October 25th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM (Pacific)

Trans 101
1. Wednesday, November 17th from 3:00-5:00 PM (Pacific)

Registration is available on Shoreline, the Zoom link will be provided upon RSVP. Please see the flyer for each individual event’s QR Codes.

Queer & Trans 101 Seminar
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October 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Disability Studies Initiative for a discussion of Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (available online after signing into the UCSB library). We will focus our discussion on two chapters: “Bodies of Nature: The Environmental Politics of Disability” by Alison Kafer and “Cripping Sustainability, Realizing Food Justice” by Kim Q. Hall.

This event will be moderated by Olivia Henderson. A second year graduate student in the Department of English at UC Santa Barbara, Olivia is interested in disability studies, ecocriticism, and early modern literature.

Zoom attendance link:

Co-sponsored by the IHC Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group, the UCSB Comparative Literature Program, the UCSB English Department and the Disabled Students Program.

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Access Ambassador Information Session

DSP is currently hiring for a new student staff position: Access Ambassador. This new position will be responsible for assisting DSP students approved for Remote Instruction and Access as an Accommodation (RIAA) program. 

The primary responsibilities for this position will be to livestream in-person lecture content to DSP students who are not able to attend UCSB in-person for disability-related reasons. Access Ambassadors can use their own laptops or borrow a DSP laptop to stream the lecture material via Zoom.

What are we looking for in an Access Ambassador:

  • Reliability - Access Ambassadors will be solely responsible for linking RIAA students to in-person lectures. Missing a shift without proper notice is grounds for immediate dismissal.

  • Communication - Ambassadors should be in contact with DSP regarding any updates, technical difficulties, or other issues that arise during their shifts. If the Ambassador is sick and/or unable to fulfil their duties, they must notify DSP ASAP.

  • Confidentiality - Ambassadors will have access to student information required to facilitate this accommodation. A student’s participation in DSP is completely confidential under the Americans with Disabilities Act - breaching confidentiality is grounds for immediate dismissal.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please attend one of the following information session(s):

  • Friday, 9/24, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Zoom Link)
  • Monday, 9/27, 11:00 am - 11:30 am (Zoom Link)
  • Monday, 9/27, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Zoom Link)

Compensation: $15/hr

If you have any questions, please email This position will be considered open until filled - please apply at your earliest availability. Consideration will be partially dependent on need - do you have availability at a time when one of our remote students is in need of an Access Ambassador to stream their lecture or section?

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


Commission on Disability Equality - now accepting applicants for the 2021-2022 school year

Commission on Disability Equality: Now Accepting Applicants for the 2021-2022 School Year!

CODE has redesigned our Commission because we hope to transform the status of the disability community. Our vision for a more inclusive campus requires us to reframe disability as a condition of society with barriers to accessibility that affect Everyone—across different communities, and regardless of whether they are disabled or not. 

If you are interested in getting involved in our mission to make UCSB a more accessible and inclusive campus for everybody, please consider applying! We are still accepting applications and positions will remain open until filled, so please use this form to indicate your interest in getting involved with CODE.

Questions? You can reach us at


Application for CODE

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Interest Form:

Disabled Profiles in STEM

The UC System Ad-Hoc Committee: Accessibility in STEM are looking for passionate STEM students, faculty, alum, etc. affiliated with the University of California to share their stories about navigating the world of STEM with a disability. Profiles will be featured on a public website and shared on various social media platforms. Submissions can be anonymous.

Click here to fill our our Interest Form. 

Email (with "Accessibility in STEM" in the title) with any questions or concerns.


November 15, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rachel Lambert (Assistant Professor in Special Education and Mathematics Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara) will offer a workshop on the different models of disability, including medical, social, political/ relational and complex embodiment. Lambert’s scholarly work investigates the intersections between Disability Studies in Education and mathematics education. She has conducted longitudinal studies of how Latinx students with learning disabilities construct identities as mathematics learners, and how mathematical pedagogy shapes how teachers perceive students as disabled.

Zoom attendance link:

Co-sponsored by the IHC Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group, CODE, the Associated Students Commission on Disability Equality, , the UCSB Comparative Literature Program, and the Disabled Students Program.

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