Aimée Milne Named Director of the Office of Student Accessibility
This fall, Lewis & Clark students will find accommodations for disabilities and resources to support overall health and wellness at the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) located in suite 206 of the Albany Quadrangle.
Formerly known as Student Support Services, the office is now under the direction of Aimée Milne (formerly Aimée Polzin). Milne started at Lewis & Clark in 2014 as a counselor/case manager within the counseling service. She was appointed to the role of director when the offices of Case Management and Student Support Services merged into one department, the Office of Student Accessibility, in May 2021.
In the following Q&A, Milne talks about her path to Lewis & Clark, her new role, and how the OSA supports students:
Please tell us about your background and what led you to become the director of the Office of Accessibility Services.
This will be my seventh academic year that I have worked at the college but my relationship with Lewis & Clark is much longer. My parents met as students here in the late 60’s and I graduated from LC in 2002 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Over the course of the last seven years, I have served in a few different capacities on campus, but the consistent theme in all my roles has been focused on direct student contact with supporting students in accessing resources or identifying barriers that they may be experiencing that are impacting their overall health and wellness.
What are your main duties?
My main duties are to offer leadership for the office as well as work directly with students to help identify resources and referrals that support their academic goals and overall health and wellness. In addition, I consult with campus community members on ways that they can support students who experience emotional or academic struggles.
What specific types of services does your office provide?
We serve as the accessibility office, providing accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy for students with disabilities. In addition to our work with students with disabilities, we also support the campus-wide community with accessing resources to support overall health and wellness. We work with students on all three campuses (CAS, grad, and law).
What is the process for students to receive services from your office?
We have tried to make it very simple for students to access our services with an online scheduling tool that is accessed via our webpage. Students will also be directed to an online intake form that they will fill out prior to their first appointment.
Does your office partner with other outside agencies?
The office works to create partnerships with approximately 60 providers off campus to ease students accessing off-campus services.
How can students learn more about the Office of Accessibility Services?
Feel free to make an appointment. You do not have to have a diagnosed disability or have current accommodations to work with our office. If you are experiencing a significant barrier, or want to explore resources, I encourage you to make an appointment.