Dr. Gabrielle Miller
Gabrielle Miller and Jocelyn Combs

Gabrielle Miller with Jocelyn Combs, a recipient of the 2023 Impact Award and one of our family members who 'gives back'

As a top-rated, Research 1 institution, the University of Arizona attracts some of the brightest minds on the planet, with students and faculty coming here from nearly every corner of the globe. With thousands of students bustling around every day, finding your place on this sprawling campus can sometimes be very daunting, especially if you already feel “different” because of a learning or attention challenge. My short reply to students feeling this way is this: “YOU BELONG.”

The university needs your neurodivergent mind, your unique perspectives on life, your creativity, and your unfaltering desire to make this world a better place. You can be successful here. And you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself. The SALT Center is here for you. We’ve been helping students like you for more than 40 years. Trust us, we’ve got your back!

In this year’s journal, we invite you to learn more about why it’s so important that you recognize your place as a valued member of the university community and that you take the time to celebrate your personal and academic achievements. They matter.

We also want you to learn from the examples of others. This edition has several stories about students and alumni who have used the SALT Center’s support to help them find their voice and pursue their life’s passions. As you read these accounts, I hope you’ll notice a common theme: students and families who have been helped by the SALT Center don’t simply move on with their lives, they seek out opportunities to pay it forward. They look out for others who are struggling and offer their support whenever they can. Wildcats care. Wildcats give back.

I’m honored to be part of the SALT Center family and affirm that every student, employee, parent, alumnus, supporter, and friend is part of our family too. You all belong. Thank you for your continued support.

Bear Down!