Mission and Areas of Focus

Our Mission:

The Coelho Center collaborates with the

disability community to cultivate leadership

and advocate innovative approaches

to advance the lives of people with disabilities.

Our Four Areas of Focus:

  1. Convening & Developing Community

    With an emphasis on centering disabled voices, we bring together thought leaders, advocates and policy makers to discuss and craft agendas that seek positive change for the disability community. We also develop opportunities and create space for new members to engage in these discussions.

  2. Innovation, Media & Technology

    Drawing from the knowledge of our community and celebration of our differences, we encourage innovative approaches to move toward full inclusion in society.  In particular, The Coelho Center will focus on engaging with media and technology as important tools to improve participation and access.

  3. Increasing the Pipeline

    Currently, there is no organization in America that is creating a pipeline of lawyers with disabilities to populate the bar and bench and hold elected office. The Coelho Center works to bring attention and solutions to the barriers that exist for people with disabilities interested in entering the legal field, becoming public policy experts, and holding political office.

  4. Campus-Wide Participation

    While housed at Loyola Law School, The Coelho Center represents all the schools and colleges at Loyola Marymount University.  The Coelho Center builds a scholarly community dedicated to the study of disability studies, fosters students and practitioners interested in working with the disability community, and provides training to enhance campus-wide efforts to improve a positive climate at LMU for people with disabilities.