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Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Disability Cultural Center

Director

Email: dwiener@syr.edu

Diane joined Syracuse University’s Division of Student Affairs (now the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience) in October of 2011. She has extensive experience in teaching, group facilitation, advising, mentoring, and consulting. She also has significant experience in program development and management, leadership, counseling, disability advocacy, assessment, and supervision. Diane has worked closely with people with disabilities/disabled people in non-therapeutic and therapeutic contexts, in accordance with sociocultural models of disability, for many years.

From 2005 to 2011, Diane served as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton in the Department of Social Work. Diane has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate and Instructor of Record at the University of Arizona, and as an adjunct faculty member and graduate advisor for the Master of Arts programs at the Prescott College Tucson Center. She worked with the Tucson Youth Development Midtown Neighborhood Project and the Tucson LGBTIQ Youth Suicide Prevention Project, as well as for many agencies and organizations in the social services and activist fields in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona.

Diane earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, majoring in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Anthropology, also from the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University.

Diane is a member of the Syracuse University Contemplative Collaborative, and myriad other committees. During the fall of 2016, she was appointed by Chancellor Kent Syverud as Co-Chair (with Barry L. Wells) of the University-wide Council on Diversity and Inclusion, reporting to the Chancellor. She has published widely in a variety of subjects related to diversity, social justice, inclusion, pedagogy, and empowerment, with attention paid in particular to interdisciplinarity (including feminist and queer media studies, sociolinguistic and medical anthropology, critical theory), cross-disabilities perspectives, and the Mad Pride movement. Between May, 2016 and January, 2018, Diane blogged for the Huffington Post.  (Please note that Diane's blog for the Huffington Post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, or Syracuse University.) Diane's first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in June, 2018, by Nine Mile Press in LaFayette, N.Y.

Also a part-time faculty member, Diane proudly and happily teaches various courses at Syracuse University. 


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.