My name is Cambria Kastner and I am a senior from Costa Mesa, CA. I am a Communicative Disorders major and a Psychology minor.
I have been working in the CDI for three years and it has been a huge learning and growing experience for me. I was really naïve with regards to social justice issues when I came to college. The CDI has made me much more aware and passionate towards a variety of issues the most prominent being Disability related issues.
My job is to create programming to support students with disabilities and to educate the campus community about disability related issues in order to make our campus a more inclusive place for people of all abilities. I have started a student group called “Disable the Label” which I hope will serve as a vehicle to educate and involve the campus community in disability related issues.
My goals for this year include; recruiting more members to be a part of “Disable the Label”, hosting impactful educational events and encouraging students with invisible disabilities (i.e. Learning and psychological disabilities) to “come out of the closet” and become more comfortable with sharing their experience with others. I used to be ashamed and embarrassed about my learning disabilities but this job has allowed me to embrace myself for who I am including my shortcomings. I hope that I can encourage others to accept themselves for who they are as well. My disability does not define me but overcoming and coping with it has played a huge factor in who I am today. The CDI is all about exploring who you are and finding your place in the community and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the great work all our centers do.