Heather Yaden is the DSP and DSP TRIO’s Learning Specialist. They are originally from New Jersey, where they studied Psychology and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. They started their career in the non-profit sector specializing in youth programming and adult transition for young people with disabilities. Heather earned a Master’s degree in teaching while working as an educator and teacher development coach in NYC’s District 75. They are thrilled to be a part of the team at UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program – the first of its kind in the nation, created for and by students.
Heather mentored a youth-led team for the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability in Washington D.C., and have been trained in: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention in Schools, Out for Safe NYC Schools, CCSF’s Safe and Sound for LGBTQIA+ Students, and UHS CAPS’s Suicide Awareness, and Psychological First Aid
They value equity, neurodiversity, interdependence and self-advocacy. They want all students to feel seen, supported, and empowered to value their whole selves. They also love being outside, hiking, gardening, and are always looking for bakery recommendations!