Lily Shaw’s life is a testament to fighting for justice and equity. One aspect of her vision for inclusivity was a community space for students with disabilities. She envisioned an accessible space with universal design that promoted community between students with disabilities and complete acceptance amongst peers. She dreamed of a space with no ostracization, no emphasis on differences, and one that would foster solidarity in the disabled community. This was to be a physical, fully-staffed space on campus where students with disabilities could congregate, as well as host speakers, movie screenings, and other events to foster community and elevate conversation surrounding disability at UCLA.
Lily worked hard on this project throughout her time as Facilities Commissioner at UCLA. She achieved an unprecedented victory in beginning work on renovating the administrative office of the Center for Accessible Education. She saw this as a good first step towards achieving her full vision, as existing resources on campus were inadequate and she was determined to make space for herself instead of waiting for others to improve. However, her full vision was an independent, safe, and welcoming community space for students with disabilities.
Her successors in the Facilities Commission and the Disabled Student Union are determined to advocate for her full vision, an all-encompassing disability resource and community center, to come to fruition.
All proceeds will be dedicated to the development and creation of a Disability Resource and Community Center and relevant programming for students with disabilities, dedicated to Lily’s vision, advocacy, and impact.
Funds raised for this initiative will be at the direction of the acting Facilities Commissioner of the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) at UCLA and will be managed by ASUCLA Student Government Accounting.
(For your reference: The Facilities Commission is a part of the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) at UCLA. USAC is an entity of the Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA). ASUCLA is an Association of all students registered at UCLA.)
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- Jo Gressly
- Alexander Nickle
- Isabella Parks
- Aidan Watt
Fundraising team (4)
Los Angeles, CA
Associated Students Ucla (Associated Students Ucla)
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