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Kate Corbett Pollack

Kate Corbett Pollack



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. 

Austin McNeill Brown, LMSW

Access Mentoring Program Collegiate Recovery Specialist


Austin is a current PhD student in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as a research affiliate in the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Austin is the former Associate Director for Research and Programming at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in addiction studies from Texas Tech University. He also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Vermont in Burlington. He has served on the board for the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and is a co-founder of the Recovery Science Research Collaborative. He has numerous journal publications on recovery support systems, recovery theory and collegiate recovery. Austin has worked in CRP management since 2015, first as the program coordinator at the Catamount Recovery Program at UVM, then as the associate director at Kennesaw since 2016. He is also a proud graduate of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech, where he was a collegiate recovery student. Austin identifies as a person living in long-term recovery from substance use disorder since 2010.

Jennith Lucas

Access Mentoring Program Specialist/Mentor


Jennith Lucas (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is a first-year master’s student in marriage and family therapy. They coordinate the Access Mentoring Program at the DCC, a program she worked on proposing while an undergraduate at SU. Their undergraduate degree is in sociology and citizenship and civic engagement, with a minor in disability studies. Their undergraduate work focused on disability community, including an original thesis about unionization in sheltered workshops by blind workers.

Her work in disability community is guided by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s words from their poem “cripstory: 'we are dangerous when we find each other.'" As a multiply disabled queer woman and single parent, she understands the importance of support from each other in surviving and thriving wherever we may be.

Diana Garcia-Varo

Peer Mentor

Diana Garcia-Varo is a first-year student majoring in Art Video in the College of Visual & Performing Arts. Previously, Diana has participated in organizations and projects such as National Honor Society where she was elected secretary, A Voice For The Voiceless as a collaborating performer, Wild Bird Fund, and Walking Tree Travel as a volunteer. She is currently involved in off-campus extracurricular The Opportunity Network where she connects with other students and professionals in order to gain career readiness.

Having a strong interest in psychology and the arts has motivated Diana to become a voice for her community and a helping hand in New York City. Diana has collaborated with New York University through a competition in order to publish a journal that advocates for integration in New York City public schools and has used various artistic platforms such as performance, drawing, and poetry in order to advocate for better change. As an artist, Diana aspires to inspire those around her and keep an open mind when it comes to working with others. In the future, Diana not only looks forward to becoming an artist but also a role model and an advocate for equity in various communities.

Summer Stubbman

Office and Events Assistant

Summer Stubbmann is a first-year student majoring in communications and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She's served as the vice president for her local Future Business Leaders Of America chapter. As a firm believer in community involvement, Summer spends her free time reaching out to at-risk youth about decision-making and the importance of education. She was also the head counselor at North Shore Holiday House, a camp for disadvantaged girls. Looking towards the future, Summer hopes to become an activist and humanitarian and help those in need.

Tabby Hill

Office and Events Assistant

Simcha Glassman

Cultural Centers Library Intern