In 1995, the University of Cincinnati (UC) was developing different student programs, in collaboration with the university’s faculty development council. Engineering professor Dr. Urmila Ghia had the idea to initiate a program that would benefit women in STEM.  

Iris Harmon, a third-year costume design major in the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has had an interest in costumes since the age four. While growing up in Newport, Kentucky, Harmon's first exposure to the theater world started at a shop called Costume Gallery Newport. 

It is no secret that 4 Paws For Ability (4 Paws) has a large campus presence. Black labs and golden retrievers are walked around by their volunteer handlers, the pups sporting a red vest that indicates they are a service dog in training.