Disability is a natural part of the human experience!
Approximately 30% of the UC Berkeley combined campus community (undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral students, faculty and staff) report to having a disability.
The UC Berkeley disability statistics from the 2019 My Climate Survey found that 35% of undergraduates, 25% of graduate students, and 23% postdocs identify as having some type of disability.
UC Berkeley’s Disability Cultural Community Center serves as a platform to advocate, educate, and collaborate among students, faculty, and staff living with a disability to advance and empower both the community on campus and beyond so persons with disabilities can fully learn, work, and live with dignity.
Our Core and Community Values
- Community Not Compliance: Advocate for the disability community and disability justice movements to be represented and included on campus as well as provide a safe and social space for cultural activities to celebrate disability, and foster a sense of community for students and staff living with disabilities to minimize isolation.
- Foster connections among current students, alumni, faculty, and staff to encourage authentic networks and leadership development
- Incorporate support to navigate academic and disability success while acknowledging and affirming intersectionality
- Provide a safe and welcoming space to host social and recreational events and activities for campus connections
- Serve as a space for community organizing, meetings, and use of accessible equipment
- Education Through Empowerment: Equip members of the disability community with resources and a living disability historical archive to foster disability identity and share innovation with campus partners to advance equity and excellence.
- Create and maintain a living disability library and archive to foster disability identity and collect stories of the movement
- Explore disability identity and its connections in the personal, sociopolitical, and cultural experiences students, staff, and faculty encounter in their lives
- Provide resources and best practices for allies and partners to incorporate inclusion into their own events and spaces
- Support internship, leadership, and volunteer opportunities so students can develop professionally and merge theoretical concepts with practice while preparing for employment
Collaborate and Co-Create: Collaborate with various campus partners and departments to infuse and situate disability as a greater part of the social fabric of diversity at UC Berkeley and seamlessly integrate access into physical, curricular, social, and digital environments.
- Reframe perceptions around disability from a deficit to a value-based framework to include disability perspectives and expertise across campus initiatives
- Disseminate and encourage disability-centered and equitable design and practices while collaborating with departmental partners and various cultural centers on campus to co-create a welcoming climate
- Actively engage in conversations around design of spaces and environments from physical to digital, to promote access and enhance student and staff experience