In honor of Women's History Month, the Women's Resources Center in collaboration with students from University Housing, is hosting a panel featuring women-identified people in the university who have a variety of disabilities. The panel will explore different perspectives on disability and how disability shapes the experience of womanhood. The panel also aims to promote cross-disability collaboration and bring women with disabilities into the women's history conversation, as these voices are often excluded.
Joey Ramp : a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences pursuing an Independent Plan of Study in Biocognitive Neuroscience. She is accompanied everywhere by her service dog Sampson, together they are working to change policies and laws promoting equal access for service dog teams in educational institutions and the workplace.
Lauren Bryant: a sophomore majoring in Communications. She is a disabled wheelchair user who was born with a condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease. She hopes to work in disability advocacy, hopefully working for a disability rights organization.
Stephanie Santo: Stephanie Santo is a senior studying psychology and communication with a minor in sociology. In her spare time, she works around mental health and developmental disability advocacy, as she is a survivor of anorexia nervosa and a woman with autism spectrum disorder.
Liza Sylvestre: Liza Sylvestre is currently an MFA candidate at UIUC. She is the co-founder of Creating Language Through Arts, an educational arts residency that focuses on using art as a means of communication when there are language barriers present due to hearing loss.
Hope Holland: Hope D. Holland is a 3rd-year graduate student in the Clinical and Community Psychology department at UIUC, where her research broadly focuses on gender-based violence. Hope is a first-generation college graduate with learning and mental health disabilities, and is adamant about academia’s responsibility to make space for underrepresented people, including non-traditional and neurodivergent students, in higher ed.