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Elizabeth R. Sierra

Elizabeth R. Sierra

Director

Email: ersierra@syr.edu

Elizabeth R. Sierra was appointed as the director of the Disability Cutural Center in April of 2019.  Prior to joining the DCC, Sierra was a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at Sunshine Coast Health Centre in Canada. She brings extensive experience as a counselor, professor and student advisor throughout her career. In addition to her teaching experience at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, the State of Texas community college system and Binghamton University, Sierra served as director of student support services at SUNY Farmingdale and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her teaching, scholarship and practice have centered on empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable populations no matter her role.

During her time as a graduate student at Syracuse, Sierra was a counselor and personal coach with the SummerStart and SUccess Initiative Learning Communities, a counselor intern at Nottingham High School and a counselor intern at Onondaga Community College’s Educational Opportunity Program and Collegiate Science, Technology and Engineering Program. She also served as an instructor in the Department of Child and Family Studies in the Falk College. She has written chapters on inclusive pedagogies and disability studies in peer-reviewed texts for Syracuse University Press and Palgrave Macmillan.

Sierra earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Midwestern State University in Texas, a master’s degree in counseling at Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture at Binghamton University.

She is a national certified counselor, a master practitioner of clinical counseling, a registered professional counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counselling Association and a licensed professional counselor.


Kate Corbett Pollack

Kate Corbett Pollack

Coordinator

Email: kjpollac@syr.edu

Kate received her M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies from the School of Education at Syracuse University in May of 2017. She received her B.A. in History from Hunter College, where she focused on prehistory through the Middle Ages, and religious studies. Kate also has a degree in Fine Arts from Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York, and has worked as a professional cartoonist for publications in Eugene, Oregon.

Kate has a background in antiques, Historic Preservation, archival and genealogical research, and spent three years researching and writing for a Syracuse-based genealogical association about an 18th-century psychiatrically disabled man and his family. She has written professionally about the history of 17th-19th C. Early American women, religion, epidemic disease, disability and psychiatric history, and social reform, with a focus on institutions and asylums. Her more recent scholarship and activism focuses on disability and crime, particularly in d/Deaf communities, prisons, criminal justice, and civil rights. Kate is active in the local Deaf community in Syracuse, and attends meetings about civil rights and criminal justice issues. 

Kate is originally from Oregon, where she still visits, and has family in Syracuse going back 100 years on the West End.