Syracuse University
FacebookTumblrYoutube
Disability Cultural Center

Issue 12 | April 24, 2018

SU Happenings

You are invited to attend and participate in a Campus Conversation

Message from Rev. Brian E. Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel About Tomorrow’s Dean’s Convocation

Class Listing: Writing Critical Race Counterstory

SU News 

Chancellor Syverud Condemns Theta Tau Video

DCC Director Diane Wiener Addresses Offensive Fraternity Video

Statement from Dr. James K Duah –Agyeman, Director of OMA

Statement about Theta Tau videos From khristian kemp-delisser, Director of the LGBT Resource Center

PBS Newshour Show with Professor Kuusisto and Guide Dog, Caitlyn

DCC Director Diane Wiener Quoted in Teen Vogue

Steering Committee Formed to Lead Disability Services Audit

SU NEWS: Wivi, TCLP Collaborate to Drive ASL Interpreter App to Market

Calls for Participants, Scholarships, and Conferences 

Professional Grant Development Workshop; Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals- Deadline May 10th

Call for Proposals - Student Veterans of America National Conference

Universal Design Consultant position: University of Kentucky

News and Announcements 

Friday 4/27 at 7:00 pm, Poet & Essayist Kelly Davio

Youth Power! Hosting a Film Screening of Autism In Love, April 28th

Latest Blog by DCC Coordinator, Kate: Exploitation of Marginalized Identities, Abuse and Torture: The Hart Children

Duke Disability Activism Projects - Website

YaleNews: In making Yale more digitally accessible, everyone benefits

Lessons From Starbucks’ Imperfect Response to Systemic Racism



SU Happenings

You are invited to attend and participate in a Campus Conversation

Wednesday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Hendricks Chapel

Syracuse University students, faculty and staff will come together to engage in candid conversation about confronting and combatting bigotry, intolerance and ignorance in our community. This conversation is critical to the ongoing work to create a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible University community.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018 or email ada@syr.edu.

 



Message from Rev. Brian E. Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel About Tomorrow’s Dean’s Convocation

Friends:

Grace and peace to you,

In times such as these we are reminded that we need each other to become ourselves, which is why all are invited for a special Dean’s Convocation, set for tomorrow at 7pm in Hendricks Chapel. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided.

Tomorrow’s gathering will feature spoken word artist Cari Clark, with artistic leadership from the Hendricks Chapel Choir, Black Celestial Choral Ensemble, the Adanfo Drum and Dance Troupe, and the Favor Unit Liturgical Dance Troupe.

A complimentary dinner will be served in the Noble Room from 6-7pm.

The Dean’s Convocation is a weekly gathering, intended to be a place for all people, featuring music and reflection from a diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives. In service to our common good, our purpose is to foster and support an inclusive, accessible campus community of opportunity for a richly diverse student body.

Please feel free to share this information to all who may be interested. I look forward to seeing all who can attend.

With gratitude,

Brian

The Rev. Brian E. Konkol, Ph.D.

Dean of Hendricks Chapel



Class Listing: Writing Critical Race Counterstory

What: WRT 422

Who: Professor Aja Martinez

When: Fall 2018, M/W, 5:15PM to 6:35PM

 

What does story mean to you?

 

What are the stories you were raised on that taught you who you are and what you have the potential to become?

 

Where did you encounter these stories? At home? At school? In the media?

 

Do these stories fully encompass all there is to be said about you?

 

When given the opportunity to tell your own stories, what do you say?

 

And most importantly, how do you write these stories?

 

These questions cover many of the topics central to counterstory as a writing genre and are questions we will hold central to our explorations in this course.

 

Counterstory is a writing and research method of Critical Race Theory, founded in creative non-fiction genres of oral history, slave narrative, and testimonies. As a narrative form, counterstory illuminates other(ed) perspectives about genre and dominant ideology, and functions as a method for social justice-oriented writers to intervene in and counter practices that dismiss or decenter racism and those whose lives are affected daily by it.

 

By the conclusion of this course students will learn the craft of counterstory and will produce writing in this creative non-fiction form in a variety of genres and expressed through multimedia platforms such as (but not limited to): Snapchat, SoundCloud, Twitter, SU Expressions, and YouTube. 

 

For additional information, email Professor Martinez: amarti28@syr.edu



SU News

Chancellor Syverud Condemns Theta Tau Video

Sunday, April 22 , 2018

 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

 

Last night the Daily Orange released an additional video of the behavior at the Syracuse University chapter of Theta Tau. The video depicts sexual assault, physical violence and grotesque hostility toward and mockery of people with physical, intellectual and other disabilities.

 

This additional video is part of the evidence Syracuse University received on Wednesday and immediately referred for potential criminal investigation to local law enforcement and for student judicial proceedings. It is not the only evidence, and there are other videos as well. We do not reveal evidence in an ongoing potential criminal and judicial investigation so as not to prejudice that investigation and so as not to enable those being investigated to escape responsibility for all of their actions. For this reason, I have been constrained in what I could say to date about this incident. I do not know what videos or other evidence the Daily Orange or other media may possess, and the media are not necessarily subject to the same constraints as I am in releasing information.

 

Now that the media has released this second video, I can comment more specifically on it than I have been able to in my previous statements on Wednesday, April 18, Thursday, April 19, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21. In my specific comments on the first video, I have noted that its disgusting content included extreme and egregious racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. I deeply believe it was important to name that video for what it is, and I will be consistent in responding to this second video.

 

The words and behaviors in the second video are appalling and disgusting on many intersecting grounds. They especially offend all Syracuse University holds dear about diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities. Diane Wiener, director of Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center (DCC), has explained why in careful and thoughtful detail, with which I link here. I believe the second video depicts egregious behavior, including sexual assault, violence and discriminatory mockery and hostility toward people with disabilities that is unacceptable and deeply harmful in many ways. I ask all of us who care about our community and its values to reaffirm them by emphatically rejecting all this video represents. There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for tolerance of this behavior.

 

I am deeply concerned about how the continuing exposure to hateful videos is causing further hurt and distress to members of our campus community who are still dealing with the last public display of bigotry and hatred. Following tonight’s 7 p.m. Dean’s Convocation at Hendricks Chapel, I along with the Dean of Students Robert Hradsky, DCC Director and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council Diane Wiener, Associate Vice President Colleen Bench, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Candace Campbell Jackson, Special Assistant and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council Barry L. Wells, Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado and other concerned leaders, will be on hand. We will go to an appropriate and accessible space to engage with students and community members who desire to do so until 9:30 p.m.

 

Sincerely,

Chancellor Kent Syverud



DCC Director Diane Wiener Addresses Offensive Fraternity Video

https://news.syr.edu/2018/04/diane-wiener-director-of-the-disability-cultural-center-addresses-offensive-fraternity-video/

Statement from Dr. James K Duah –Agyeman, Director of OMA

Dear OMA Family:

 

I write to you this afternoon to express my sympathy for the pain and anguish that the Theta Tau’s video has caused you and the extended OMA family. Please know that we listened and heard you at the two forums held yesterday at Hendricks, and we understand your anger, your hurt, and your frustration.  We also continue to hear and welcome you, as even this morning some of you stopped by our office to process and talk through your concerns. Let there be no ambiguity that we stand in solidarity with you and with Chancellor Syverud when he says: “Syracuse University is committed to fostering a community where all our students feel welcome and are treated with dignity and respect.” With your input and participation, we can make this a reality on this campus. No, it is not going to be easy; but together we will make progress towards this goal one day at a time.  As I said yesterday at the 7 PM forum, we have strong support from Chancellor Syverud and the Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience (ESE), M. Dolan Evanovich, and their leadership teams to continue to make OMA your home-away-from- home. Please continue to stop by OMA (105 Schine) to share your concerns with me and the staff and to talk among yourselves in an effort to support and care for one another.

 

Whatever life throws at you in these difficult times, remember to make each day, a great day.

 

James K Duah-Agyeman, PhD

Director

Office of Multicultural Affairs



Statement about Theta Tau videos From khristian kemp-delisser, Director of the LGBT Resource Center

I write as director of the LGBT Resource Center to join the voices of condemnation over the videos that display acts that are racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities. I support the university's decisions for expulsion of the fraternity. An organization that offers safe harbor for the kind of hatred portrayed in these videos does not belong at the alma mater I hold dear. I do not wish to continue to give them further attention. The rest of this letter will embrace and amplify the many ways LGBTQ+ people have and will continue to proactively contribute to a better campus and Syracuse community.

 

The LGBT Resource Center aims to create a place for accountability, awareness, community, and social justice. We will not be deterred or distracted from this important work. Staff members put the flag out for extended hours to host gatherings, welcomed incoming students at the Admissions Campus Life Expo, held a successful Rainbow Banquet, and attended a brunch held by Gen Q, Syracuse's LGBT learning community. Many in our community have been making their voices heard by disrupting the status quo to create spaces for queer people of color in the local Syracuse community, strategizing during the Hendricks Chapel forums, and demonstrating at Schine Student Center and other spaces.

I have had 1-on-1 conversations with leaders and members of the student organizations Queer of Qolor Collective, OutCrowd, Open Doors, and Pride Union. Those conversations began before the news of the videos and will continue into the next few weeks. I have conveyed my impressions from these meetings at the chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Council, which includes members of the University Senate Committee on LGBT Justice and Advocacy as well as important allies and supporters from the other cultural and resource centers on campus.

 

We will continue to bring visibility to our community by speaking truth to power and advocating for change on a university level. On a day-to-day level, we will still advocate for a location that is safe, accessible, in closer proximity to those communities whose values we share and ensure your voices and actions inform our choices to fill the staff vacancies at the center. Our discussion groups are all still scheduled to convene for their final meetings this week.

Let’s not strain or overextend ourselves in reactive ways that distract from our existing programs, services and resources and the values that under gird them.

 

As Dean Spade once said, "Let’s be gentle with ourselves and each other and fierce as we fight oppression." Whether your impulse is to turn to a friend at work or in your residence hall,  march in the streets, or hunker down in a study room and focus on academics, the LGBT Resource Center is your home.

khristian

 

khristian kemp-delisser ’01

(Pronouns: they/them/theirs)

Director, LGBT Resource Center

Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience

 

750 Ostrom Avenue

Syracuse, New York 13244

t 315.443.9976  e klkempde@syr.edu w lgbt.syr.edu

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY



PBS Newshour Show with Professor Kuusisto and Guide Dog, Caitlyn

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/this-poets-guide-dog-helped-him-discover-a-new-world  



DCC Director Diane Wiener Quoted in Teen Vogue

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/syracuse-permanently-expels-theta-tau-fraternity



Steering Committee Formed to Lead Disability Services Audit

https://news.syr.edu/2018/04/steering-committee-formed-to-lead-disability-services-audit/

SU NEWS: Wivi, TCLP Collaborate to Drive ASL Interpreter App to Market

https://news.syr.edu/2018/04/all-signs-point-to-success-wivi-tclp-collaborate-to-drive-an-asl-interpreter-app-to-market



Calls for Participants, Scholarships, and Conferences

Professional Grant Development Workshop; Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals- Deadline May 10th

May 10-11, 2018

8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

To be held at:

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

 

Sponsored by: The Grant Training Center

 

This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources.

 

Participants will learn how to:

1. Navigate the world of grant procurement

2. Research and identify potential funding sources

3. Address the guidelines of federal and foundation applications

4. Find foundation and corporate giving for the state of New York

5. Understand the new federal guidelines for writing winning grants

6. Know the review process and how to address key points for reviewers

7. Write winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions

8. Develop focused and realistic budgets

9. Demonstrate the merits, excellence and innovation of your proposal

10. Package professional grant submissions

 

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.

To register, please click here https://granttrainingcenter.com/workshop_description/1519?utm_source=1519&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ol

Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268

Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, electronic workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)

Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.

Space is limited, and since this class fills up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Can't make it?

Join us April 17, 2018 for an Online Version of this Workshop https://granttrainingcenter.com/workshop_description/1467?utm_source=1519&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ol

 

Cornell University is neither endorsing nor sponsoring the activities conducted by the Grant Training Center.

 



Call for Proposals - Student Veterans of America National Conference

Student Veterans of America (SVA) will hold its 11th Annual National Conference (NatCon) at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, January 3-5, 2019. NatCon is an annual forum that strengthen ties between the veteran and higher education communities. As the largest gathering of student veterans, higher education leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders-NatCon is the premier event for improving veteran success. Be part of the #NatCon2019 program. Submit your breakout session proposal today! http://conference.studentveterans.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NatCon19-Call-for-Proposal-Submission-Guidelines.pdf

 

SVA encourages proposals that advance knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics relating to veterans in higher education. Proposals should address relevant topics on chapter/club management and sustainability, student veteran experiences throughout their educational life cycle-to, through, and beyond college, and higher education policies, programs, and services; increase the knowledge and skills of veterans, students, higher education professionals, and the public; and promote the continued development and growth of the field.

 

Those who work within and across such fields as veterans, higher education, college students, disability studies, disability services, alumni relations, chapter-based management and sustainability, leadership, public policy; and those in state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations, veteran service organizations (VSOs), higher education associations, and other entities that work with or in the veteran or higher education spaces are welcome to submit proposals for consideration.

 

For more details on #NatCon2019 Call for Proposals download and review the Proposal Submission Guidelines. http://conference.studentveterans.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NatCon19-Call-for-Proposal-Submission-Guidelines.pdf

 

For updates on #NatCon2019 visit the conference website. http://conference.studentveterans.org/

 

Volunteers are also needed to help score and recommend proposals for #NatCon2019. The strength and success of NatCon's breakout session stems from the rigor of the review process.  Each year, the NatCon Proposal Committee receives diverse proposals covering a multitude of topics.  A diverse group of reviewers is desired to mirror the diversity of proposals. Reviewers from all backgrounds have knowledge and skills gained from their professional and personal experience that would be useful in providing comments and recommendations for #NatCon2019 proposals. It is a great opportunity to learn about a conference's Call for Proposal process and you will help make the #NatCon2019 program the best yet.  To learn more about the proposal review process, please see the Call for Reviewers announcement. http://conference.studentveterans.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NatCon-2019-Call-for-Reviewers-Description.pdf

 

Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and parties. This is a great opportunity for professional development as well as presenting on their work and organization.

 

For questions on either the Call for Proposals or Call for Reviewers, please contact the #NatCon2019 Proposal Committee at natconcfp@studentveterans.org

 

Dan Standage, M.A. COMS

National Director, Disability in Education | Student Veterans of America

Co-Chair | AHEAD-Veterans Special Interest Group



Universal Design Consultant position: University of Kentucky

https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/181475



News and Announcements

Friday 4/27 at 7:00 pm, Poet & Essayist Kelly Davio

Kelly is the author of “Burn This House” & “It’s Just Nerves: Notes On A Disability”. Event will be held at the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. (315) 474-6851 x328. www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html

 

This event made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS legislature. For questions or requests for accommodations, please contact the above number and extension.



Youth Power! Hosting a Film Screening of Autism In Love, April 28th

Join YOUTH POWER! as we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month for a screening of the Emmy nominated movie Autism in Love. Following the screening, there will be a group discussion on the film. This will take place on Saturday, April 28th, at 1:30 P.M. at the Albany Public Library; 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210.

 

The event is free and open to the public!  Due to limited space, registration is required at the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmaq2djWELHrz2q63COk-0QorAAqe2GvXA5ZfHOZ4r7xpSiw/viewform

 

From the Autism in Love Website:

 

“Unfortunately, when it comes to romantic relationships, people with autism have a distinct disadvantage. Being plagued by this developmental disorder jeopardizes the core characteristics of a relationship - communication and social interaction. Ostensibly it seems that some may never truly experience romantic love, or at least love by a typical definition. However, we know this to be false. We have innumerable instances of people with autism falling in love and having meaningful romantic relationships. AUTISM IN LOVE has captured those yet unexplored experiences.”

 

Questions? Contact Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator, at ZKilmer@YOUTHPOWERNY.org  or by calling 518-708-3808.



Latest Blog by DCC Coordinator, Kate: Exploitation of Marginalized Identities, Abuse and Torture: The Hart Children

https://petroleusesletter.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/exploitation-of-marginalized-identities-abuse-and-torture-the-hart-children/

Duke Disability Activism Projects - Website

Duke Disability Alliance and students enrolled in my Neurodiversity, Narrative, Activism courses collaborated on a really successful Disability Pride Week this year! We put on a week of events and created around 30 activism projects including advocacy videos, articles, blogs, op-eds, websites, artwork, crafts, and creative writing projects. They are all available in accessible formats on our website: tinyurl.com/disabilityart

 



YaleNews: In making Yale more digitally accessible, everyone benefits

https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/10/making-yale-more-digitally-accessible-everyone-benefit

Lessons From Starbucks’ Imperfect Response to Systemic Racism

http://diverseeducation.com/article/114778/

Contact

230 Schine Student Center 

303 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443-4486 | Fax: 315-443-0193 | E-mail: sudcc@syr.edu