- [Raziel] I've come to a place
where I have finally been able
to use my story to break those barriers, those stigmas,
the perceptions that people have of
what it looks like to have a disability,
and have a sense of pride and acceptance.
- I nominated Raziel Rizzo
for the Chancellor's Award for Disability Services
because she's a tireless advocate
for students with disabilities.
She is an educator, she is a role model,
and she's truly inspirational in her approach to life.
When she was 13 years old, she had surgery
that left her with a spinal cord injury
and paraplegia from the waist down.
She could've gone two directions after that experience
and she worked really hard
in the face of physical challenges
to make it a positive experience
and gain empathy for individuals
who are going through something similar
because of the early experience that she had.
Raziel is a tireless advocate for others in the community.
She truly embodies the UCSF PRIDE values
of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity,
and excellence, and I would love to see her
share that across the country.
- Being able to use something that was so traumatic
and being able to use that shifted my entire perspective
on life and say, how am I gonna utilize this moment,
this experience, and make a difference?
It's the why and it reminds me about why I'm doing this.