Division of Campus Life

Disability Justice Student Initiative

A student-driven resource and community-building hub for Disabled students at Brown.

The Disability Justice Student Initiative (DJSI) supports all undergraduate, graduate and medical students at Brown. They explore disability as a social identity and cultivate a community of support as Disabled students identify and navigate resources on campus.

DSJI works with campus partners to reduce or eliminate barriers to academic and personal success experienced by Disabled students. The initiative also creates opportunities for all members of the Brown community to learn more about and engage with issues of disability justice.

My passion for disability justice fuels my commitment to working with others to create a supportive community at Brown, where Disabled students are valued and celebrated. Together, we learn from and build upon the impactful legacies of Disabled individuals on our campus.

Maya Avelino '24 Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Maya Avelino

Programs and Events

Workshops, speakers, lectures, open hours, zine-making, resource curation and more.

“Disability Justice at the Intersections” Speaker Series

Speakers examine disability justice and its connections with other anti-oppression movements (e.g., racial and economic justice) in informing our understanding of a holistic, integrated approach to how we navigate barriers to equity and inclusion based on the complexity of our individual and collective identities and experiences. The series collaborates with academic and administrative departments and centers to bring leading scholars, community organizers and artists to campus to engage with the community.

Co-Curricular Educational and Community-Building Programs

DJSI empowers you to create knowledge and make an impact on community and societal challenges grounded in your own lived and learned experiences. Centering Disabled students and their experiences, DJSI’s workshops, gatherings and community-building programs provide a web of opportunities for co-curricular education focused on disability justice.

The DJSI Team

DJSI is a collaborative initiative of the LGBTQ Center and the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, housed within the Division of Campus Life. To connect with DJSI, share questions or explore a collaborative opportunity with us, please email DJSI@brown.edu. The DJSI staff team includes: