TDP Staff Spotlight

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My favorite part of my job is knowing that the work I do makes a difference in the lives of others.


Center on Disability Studies

How long have you been with the COE?

I started out at the COE as a Student Assistant for the Curriculum Research & Development Group IT Office in 2014 and came on board full-time as an IT Specialist for CRDG upon graduating in 2015. In 2022, I took on the role of IT Specialist for the Center on Disability Studies.

Can you describe what you do and how it impacts others at the COE?

I provide services, support, and consultation related to IT for the Center on Disability Studies. I also maintain CDS’s web presence, provide technology support for numerous grants and projects in the College, and am on the planning committee for the 38th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Knowing that the work I do makes a difference in the lives of others.

Tell us what interests you about working in IT

I grew up with computers thanks to my older brother and always had an affinity towards technology as a result. I’m constantly able to learn new skills and concepts by working in the field and have always been fascinated by how much our world has been shaped by advances in technology.

What would you tell others in the COE about CDS that they may not know?

I’ve met such wonderful people since starting at CDS who are incredibly dedicated to their craft and work tirelessly to produce the best that they can (much like many throughout the University). Everyone at CDS is always looking out for each other and willing to lend a helping hand which truly creates a sense of family within the Center.

Tell us something about you that others may not know about you.

I cut my own hair (just don’t look too closely).

Favorite hobby?

Hanging out with my cat.

Favorite food?

There are too many to list, but I love Vietnamese and Taiwanese cuisine!

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