In Honor of Naty Rico.
Naty is a disabled Latina, first-generation graduate, and Disability Justice advocate from Los Angeles, CA. Driven by accessibility challenges she faced during her undergraduate years, she committed to advocating for her community to improve the educational opportunities for disabled students in higher education. She brought disability awareness to her campus at UC Irvine, where she consulted to student organizations and campus departments on improving accessibility measures structurally and through programming. She founded the Committee on Students with Disabilities through the Associated Students; where students empowered and supported each other through accessibility challenges and ableism. Since graduating Naty has supported intellectually and developmentally disabled students in the community college setting by guiding them through academic, social, and professional goals. She has also presented various workshops and presentations, including a TED Talk on ableism and disability justice in student affairs.