The new Disability Cultural Center (DCC) is currently housed in the Daley Library, room 1-461. Students are welcome to stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to visit and meet the staff and other students. The center is engaged in cultural programming and community outreach, joining the other Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change. Roxana Stupp, former director of the UIC Disability Resource Center (DRC), is directing the cultural center during this time of transition.  The DCC reports to Amalia Pallares, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity.


(Photo above:) From left to right, Lily Diego and Brian Heyburn, both DCC staff and two members of the performing arts organization “Erasing the Distance” joining the dialogue with the audience at the DCC and LCC event Countering Stigma Through Storytelling.

DCC News and Events

The Disability Cultural Center Premiere Sept. 11

The DCC premiere was held Sept. 11, 2018, with a program of performance, library and community display of resources at Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan Street.

Performances by leading Chicago artists with disabilities were featured, including Nura Aly on violin, poetry by Timotheus Gordon, dance duet by Kris Lenzo and Anita Kenney, and a solo show by Arlene Malinowski.

Dr. Carrie Sandahl, associate professor, College of Applied Health Sciences and head of the Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities at UIC, presented the topic “What is Disability Culture?”

  1. Jennifer Fontaine
    Amalia Pallares, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity (right) and Lily Diego-Johnson, Accommodation Coordinator at the Disabilty Cultural Center (left).
  2. Jennifer Fontaine
    Roxana Stupp, Interim Director of the Disability Cultural Center (right) and Lily Diego-Johnson, Accommodation Coordinator at the Disabilty Cultural Center (left).

Black Women’s Speculative Fiction: Lecture and Seminar

Black Women’s Speculative Fiction and the Deconstruction of Able-Mindedness
November 1 and 2, 2018
Sami Schalk, assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Lecture: Nov. 1, 2018 Time: 6 – 8 pm, Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470, 801 S. Morgan St. CART and Sign Language Interpreting will be provided. Please email to request additional accessibility services.
Seminar: Nov. 2, 2018 Time: 11 am – 1 pm, 2028 University Hall, 601 S. Morgan St.
RSVP: Reception to Follow; Books will be available for purchase (312) 413-1025. This book is also available for purchase in electronic format.

Co-sponsors: Departments of African American Studies, Disability and Human Development, and English; Gender and Sexuality Center; Gender & Women’s Studies Program.

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Disability Cultural Center Library Guide

The Disability Cultural Center collaborates with the UIC Libraries to provide resources related to disability culture, history, and identity to the UIC community.  The library guide linked here is intended to connect DCC visitors to resources available at the UIC Libraries.

DCC Library Guide

Disability Page Turners

Book “Good Kings Bad Kings” by Susan Nussbaum

Join us for our flexible reading conversations. We will have a total of five meetups throughout the Fall 2018 semester. During Disability Page Turners we aim to:

  • Bring to the forefront  narratives on disability
  • Continue conversations around the works of disabled and nondisabled authors
  • Explore how such portrayals may or may not be applicable to our lives.
  • Build connections between students and members of various communities.


  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15

TIME: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
LOCATION: Richard Daley Library, Room 1-461

Please refrain from wearing any scented products. Contact the Disability Cultural Center at with any accessibility requests.

In Our Own Words: Conversations Matter

Conversatins Matter

Join the DCC for a series of informal conversations on a range of topics related to disability, culture, and identity. Through these conversations, we aim to foster spaces for intentional, open, and respectful dialogue while continuing to further critical understandings of disability.


  • September 17, 2018: Got my Syllabus: Now What?
  • September 24: What’s the Word? Ableism in everyday Language
  • October 1: Expected or Unexpected: A conversation around expectations and aspirations
  • October 8: Deaf and Disability Culture in Popular Media
  • October 15: Food talk: When food and accessibility come together
  • October 22: Made You Look: The Realities of Staring
  • October 29: RelationShapes: Exploring Forced Intimacy and Access Intimacy
  • November 5: Where Do We Go From Here: Advocacy, independence, and Interdependence

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Richard Daley Library, Room 1-461

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