Greetings! My name is Vineeta Ram (pronounced Vee-nee-ta Rahm). I’ve spent the last 5 years working with students in various roles and positions in disability services in the Midwest. Prior to this, I trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Counselor in various hospitals and non-profits.
My own academic journey has largely influenced my work and interest in improving access and equity in higher education. I received my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a focus on creating accessible services and programming through a social justice lens. I am particularly interested in the impact of culture on access to disability-related services, especially mental health services.
I also completed a master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the Illinois Institute of Technology that has greatly informed my approach in working with students: person- centered and holistic. I believe in building supportive communities that foster inclusion, diversity, and equity. These communities create opportunities for access while providing tools and resources to navigate systems. As a DSP specialist, I aim to support the UC Berkeley community through my role working with students and faculty.
Outside of work, you will find me testing new recipes, travelling, and working on art projects. I also enjoy Formula 1 racing, long walks, and the odd British panel TV show.