D Center

Staff

Lesley Ellis (she/her)D Center Manager

 

Lesley has a Master of Sociology and Social Policy in disability Studies and has been in the field of Disability Advocacy since 2009. Lesley identifies as a disabled person and is committed to fostering a community of inclusion, access and a celebration of disability pride at the UW  Lesley brings experience in supporting and working with students and a commitment to disability activism and liberation.

Email: lesellis@uw.edu

 

Grace Henneford

Image Description: Grace is wearing a blue sweater and black glasses standing next to a light brown horse in the sun.

Image Description: Grace is wearing a blue sweater and black glasses standing next to a light brown horse in the sun.

Pronouns: She/Her
I am finishing up my last year as an undergraduate studying psychology, disability studies, and education. I love bringing awareness to different mental health issues, women’s rights, and international adoptions. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with infants, young children, and animals; spending my time with friends; traveling with my dad; and using my creativity. Next year I plan on going to graduate school to pursue becoming a special education teacher or an occupational therapist with the U.S. Public Health Service.

Lorie Zullo

Image description: a photo of Lorie she has short dark brown hair wearing a green dress. Her head is tilted to the right smiling with her hands in front of her. She is standing behind pink cherry blossoms, green grass, and sidewalk bricks in the background.

Image description: a photo of Lorie she has short dark brown hair wearing a green dress. Her head is tilted to the right smiling with her hands in front of her. She is standing behind pink cherry blossoms, green grass, and sidewalk bricks in the background.

Pronouns: She/her/hers
I am an immigrant from the Philippines doing Masters in Teaching – Elementary Teacher Education Program at the University of Washington. I have a minor case of cerebral palsy hemiplegia and I hope to bring awareness towards disability rights and culture in my works as a future educator. As an educator, I hope to teach higher grade levels and enhance social justice work within its spaces.  I believe diversity and inclusion lies in the power of the community voice and connection with one another; and as of now, I love bringing people together to share stories and common goals within the disability community. I know in this season it will be challenging, but I know with the D Center we will do the best we can to enhance community outreach within the UW community and beyond.

Jan Michelle Wagan 

In the photo, Jan Michelle is smiling with her right hand on the side, and her left hand placed in front of her left thigh. Jan Michelle has a long black hair and is wearing a navy blue patterned dress, with a cream cardigan

Image Description: Jan Michelle is smiling with her right hand on the side, and her left hand placed in front of her left thigh. Jan Michelle has a long black hair and is wearing a navy blue patterned dress, with a cream cardigan

Pronouns: she/her/hers
I am currently a graduate student finishing the Master in Teaching program to be an elementary teacher. As a future educator, my hope is to promote inclusivity and equity in my classroom. Therefore, to be a successful ally to my students with my disability, I came into this work to learn, step back, and uplift our the disability community not only here in UW but also our partners outside of the campus; by being involve in conversations and tasks that allow me to lean in and be a support. My hope is that in this experience, I can bring it to my future classroom and my teaching principle.