August 3, 2012
DRC Partners with Arizona Health Sciences Center's Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs to Address Climate for Disabled Students
Each year the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs in the College of Medicine hosts the Frontera and Border Health Scholars summer program. For the first time, DRC was asked to partner with this program by mentoring one of the student scholars. UA senior Lisa Heisterberg is interested in the climate for disabled students in professional health programs. This summer, she interviewed DRC staff as well as staff at Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) to produce recommendations to make AHSC more inclusive and welcoming for disabled students. Her research addressed the low enrollment of disabled students in medical or health-related programs, faculty and staff knowledge of disability and disability resources, and the role inclusive curricular and physical design can play in increasing access and participation for all students. Lisa wants to make it clear to disabled students that they can be successful in AHSC.
Her project entitled, Enhancing Diversity and Inclusive Environments: Recommendations to Make the Arizona Health Sciences Center a More Welcoming Place for Students with Disabilities, was presented to AHSC students, faculty and staff at the 2012 Frontera and Border Health Scholars closing ceremony.