By Heather Newlin, Chattanooga, Tenn. —
After relocating from Frist Hall to 108 University Center, the Disability Resource Center is continuing to successfully accomplish its mission on the UTC campus to promote disability awareness and facilitate the removal of barriers for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) moved its administrative offices into the UC during the summer 2015 term. The new space has created a beneficial environment for not only students, but also DRC faculty and staff. It houses the offices for DRC faculty and staff and serves as a space where students can come for academic coaching and individual meetings.
“Being in the UC is awesome,” said Emily Quinn, Assistant Director at the DRC. “It means that we’re visible… we’re right across from admissions, so new students [easily] see us, and families touring visibly see that there is a Disability Resource Center on campus. We get more traffic this way.”
“I love this location,” said Matt Brown, Access Coordinator of Intake and Accessibility, adding that incoming students find the DRC easily during orientation, a convenient time for new students to access the DRC.
The UC houses the majority of the key student resources, including the Mocs One Center, the admissions office, the welcome center, the counseling center, and the career center.
The DRC’s proximity to the wide variety of resources in the UC has made it easier to efficiently connect students to resources that the DRC might not cover.
The first floor of Frist Hall is now functions as an ideal testing environment, providing a sound, safe, and structured environment entirely dedicated to testing.