Syracuse University
Disability Cultural Center

Issue 09 | October 24, 2018


SU Happenings:



Free STI TESTING at the LGBT Resource Center - October 25th - TOMORROW

Lesson Planning as Learning Planning - October 25th

Rainbow Open House - October 26th

On The Spectrum (OTS) Meeting - October 26th

Fright Night at the Fair with the LGBT RC - October 27th

DEMOCRATIZING KNOWLEDGE invites you to a workshop and roundtable discussion - October 29th

Color Outside the Line: Queer Painting Party - October 29th

Preferred Name Student Focus Groups

Apply for Creating Change! Application Deadline - November 5th

Reshaping Film History: Race and Place in American Nontheatrical Film - November 7th

Veterans Day Reading - November 8th

Remembrance Week, Commemorative Activities Will Honor the Victims of Pam Am Flight 103

Course on Queer Theory for Spring 2019

Winter Coat Drive - Now Through November 23rd

SU News

Employment Opportunity at Hendricks Chapel: Budget Administrator

American Sign Language (ASL) May Be Recognized As An Official Language at Syracuse University 

Calls for Participants, Scholarships and Conferences:

2019 Summer Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Conference - "Regarding the Pain of Others. What emotions have to do in the History of Humanitarian Images?" - Deadline December 14th

Scholarships are available - Deadline 2/1/19

Postdoctoral Scholar in Social Justice & Human Rights for 2019-2020 at Arizona State University-West - Deadline November 15th

News and Announcements:

Disability In Mentorship Exchange Opportunity

Disability In Talent Accelerator Mentoring Opportunity

MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of English Mentoring Opportunity

Job Opening for an Academic Assistant

Woman with Disabilities Looking for Personal Assistance in Syracuse

International Film Festival Encourages Students to Learn About Disabilities

Watch "Service Animals: from Common Myths to Future Policy" on YouTube



A closed discussion group for people who identify as trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, & gender questioning

Wednesday, October 24, 6 – 8 PM

228B Schine Student Center

For more information, please email Ellie Davis,, or Amery Sanders,, Embody co-facilitators.


A closed discussion group for LGBTQIA+ people of color

Thursday, October 25, 6 – 8 PM

Disability Cultural Center, 230 Schine Student Center

For more information, please email Jorge Castillo,, or Camerin Ortiz,, Fusion co-facilitators.

Free STI TESTING at the LGBT Resource Center - October 25th - TOMORROW

In partnership with ACR Health and the Q Center of Syracuse, we will be offering free and confidential testing (HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and chlamydia) on October 25 from 11am-3 pm at the LGBT Resource Center (750 Ostrom Ave). No appointments will be taken due to the need for privacy. If this date/times do not work for you, you can also contact ACR Health and request an appointment by emailing them at or calling (800)475-2430.

An alternative accessible testing site has been reserved. Please contact us for more details.

For more information or to request accommodations, please contact us at or 315-443-3983.

Lesson Planning as Learning Planning - October 25th

with Prof. William Robert, Religion

Thursday, October 25

5:00-6:30 pm

Falk 104 (McNaughton Hall)


How can you plan learning? How can you plan class meetings that encourage and enkindle learning in and with your students, however diverse they might be? This workshop explores the stakes of these questions and possible cross-disciplinary responses to them. We will consider dynamic, creative approaches to planning and leading activities that seek to engender learning and achieve various kinds of learning objectives. The seminar will be in workshop format, so participants should bring a lesson plan from a class or discussion section that they have taught (or will teach, or would like to teach).


Click here to register.

Rainbow Open House - October 26th

Friday, October 26, 4:00-7:00 pm

LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Ave

We invite all parents, family and friends to join us for a casual and informative showcase of our center this Family Weekend! Drop in for coffee and sweets. Staff will be on hand to talk with you about LGBTQIA+ life at Syracuse University.

On The Spectrum (OTS) Meeting - October 26th

A group of graduate and undergraduate students who identify as Autistic / being on the Autism Spectrum have formed a support and advocacy organization by and for Autistic individuals, including alumni and other community members.  Being Autistic / on the Autism Spectrum can be an isolating experience, particularly on a college campus.  But, given Syracuse’s size and autism’s prevalence, we know there are quite a few of us out there!  If you identify as Autistic / on the Autism Spectrum, we will be holding our next meeting on Friday, October 26th at 5:00 pm in 230 Schine Student Center (the Disability Cultural Center).  This is a private and confidential group.  Interested people do not have to be formally diagnosed or at any specific “point” on the spectrum. If you need to request accommodations please contact Maris at

Fright Night at the Fair with the LGBT RC - October 27th

Saturday, October 27, 12:00 am

Fright Nights at the Fair advises to “Never, ever come alone…” to CNY's largest and spookiest haunted attraction! Join other LGBTQ folk while you go through the five different haunted houses: The Revenge of “IT”, The Haunted Mansion, The Chainsaw Massacre, and more! Contact for ticket information.

DEMOCRATIZING KNOWLEDGE invites you to a workshop and roundtable discussion - October 29th

Taco Literacies: Writing Transnational Foodways

Dr. Steven Alvarez

Monday, October 29, 2018      

2:15 pm - 3:40 pm  

Sims Hall – Rm 319

Bringing together academic and community-based knowledges on food, work, and immigration, the event will feature Dr. Steven Alvarez (English, St. John’s), whose new book project on “Taco Literacy” explores the cultural politics of transnational foodways. Dr. Alvarez’s presentation will focus on undergraduate students’ writing about Mexican food in New York City connected to literacy, migration, pedagogy, and transnational social relationships.



Migrant Rights and the Labor of Food Justice, a platica


Tuesday, October 30, 2018    

5pm – 7:30 pm         

Sims Hall- Rm 319


Roundtable discussion with  Dr. Alvarez, Crispin Hernandez from the local Workers Center of CNY, and by Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (Food Studies, Falk College).  Steven's scholarship contributes to ongoing research concerning literacy, foodways, immigration, and writing studies, focusing on the humanizing element of sharing food as a form of social care.  The Workers Center of CNY will discuss current labor and legal struggles of immigrant farmworkers in New York State. Dr. Minkoff-Zern’s interdisciplinary work on food and racial justice, transnational agricultural projects, and migrant health will help frame contemporary social justice issues for migrant workers.

Dinner provided by Xicanxs Empowering Xicanxs



Co-Sponsors: Depts of Sociology, Cultural Foundations of Education, Communication and Rhetoric Studies, Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Latino-Latin American Studies, Food Studies at Falk College, Writing Our Lives, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Xicanxs Empowering Xicanxs, The Lender Center & The Humanities Center


Please contact Talina Jones if you require accommodations- x8750,

This event is Free and Open to the public.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services will be provided

Color Outside the Line: Queer Painting Party - October 29th

LGBT Resource Center (750 Ostrom Ave)

Monday, October 29, 6:00 pm


Spend some time with us coloring or painting images that celebrate LGBTQ and gender defiant folx. Coloring pages, canvases, paint, and other art supplies will be provided. Queer affirming templates will be available! For more information or request accommodations, contact

Preferred Name Student Focus Groups



The SU Preferred Name, Pronoun, & Gender Advisory Council (PNPGAC) will host focus group sessions to hear student thoughts on the needs for improvement as it concerns preferred name, pronoun, and gender across various university computer/software systems. The feedback gained will be instrumental in helping us prioritize and roll out developments around this topic in the coming year.


Follow the link below to sign up to participate in a focus group on ONE of the following days/times:


  • Wed, Oct 24,  5:30-7 pm
  • Tues, Oct 30, 5:30-7 pm
  • Thurs, Nov 1, 12-1:30


For more information and to find out more about the focus groups contact

Apply for Creating Change! Application Deadline - November 5th

Creating Change is the largest LGBTQ conference in the nation. Participants have the opportunity to build their social justice knowledge, develop their leadership and advocacy skills, and grow their communities. This year’s Creating Change will take place in Detroit, MI from January 23-27. Travel, lodging, and registration will all be paid for by the LGBT RC.


All SU/ESF undergraduate students are invited to apply. Apply for Creating Change online today! Applications due at 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, November 5.

Reshaping Film History: Race and Place in American Nontheatrical Film - November 7th

Screening and lecture by Professor Marsha Gordon (North Carolina State University)


Wednesday, November 7, 7pm

107 Hall of Languages


Whether viewed in a department store, classroom, church, or community center, nontheatrical films engaging with race allowed diverse audiences to encounter representations that they could not experience in movie theaters, where such representations tended to be both stereotypical and marginal. Prof. Gordon’s presentation will argue for the ways that film history should be reconsidered through a more inclusive consideration of racially diverse student films, educational films, sponsored films, anthropological and ethnographic films, community-made and screened films, church films, home movies, and other types of “useful” films.  Drawing on a recently completed book project co-edited with Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago), Prof. Gordon will screen three short student films, all made in Los Angeles between 1965 and 1976, to illustrate both the richness and the value of a more inclusive imagination of American and documentary film history.


Presented by the Department of English and the Lender Center for Social Justice

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education and History


Please contact Roger Hallas ( if you require accommodations.

Veterans Day Reading - November 8th

Dear Colleagues,

For the past 8 years, I've been co-leading a community writing group for veterans with my colleagues Eileen Schell (Writing) and Diane Grimes (CRS). As part of this year's Humanities Symposium on "Stories," our group will be giving a reading on campus just before Veterans' Day entitled "Returning from Conflict." I hope you'll consider putting this event on your calendar.


WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8, reception from 5:00-6:00; reading and Q&A from 6:00-7:30

WHERE: Goldstein Faculty & Alumni Center


This event is free and open to the public. CART services will be provided. Books will be available for sale.


This reading is being co-sponsored by the Humanities Center; the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; the Nonfiction Reading Series; the Institute for Veterans and Military Families; the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs; the Department of English; the Contemplative Collaborative; the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; and Hendricks Chapel.


Students are encouraged to attend. If you have a student in your class who you know is a veteran, please consider passing along this invitation personally.


The stories we've collected for this event are extremely powerful and testify to a wide range of experiences and struggles veterans face when trying to come home from war--experiences that are all-too-easily erased under the banner of "celebrating veterans." Our purpose in leading this group is never to celebrate war or support its machinery, but to help veterans bear witness to the individual, social, and structural costs of war in ways that seek to inform, unsettle, and complicate people's understandings of the military and those who serve.


If you have never been to one of our readings, we'd be grateful for your interest and support at this event.


All my best,

Ivy Kleinbart

Remembrance Week, Commemorative Activities Will Honor the Victims of Pam Am Flight 103

Course on Queer Theory for Spring 2019

CRS 746/CCR 746/WGS 746/QSX 600 Queer Rhetorics – Wed 12:45-3:35 Prof. Erin Rand

This course traces some of the most vexing and fruitful issues facing contemporary queer studies. Blending a few of queer theory’s “canonical” texts with the new and provocative voices of today, we will explore topics such as the scholarly and political usefulness of “queer,” the connections between feminism and queer theory, the anti-social turn and the rethinking of queer relations and futures, queer memory and archival practices, queer of color critiques, black and Latinx queer studies, queerness in virtual contexts, and finally, how to refigure queer resistance to contemporary political challenges. Our inquiries will highlight the relationships assumed, forged, and/or disputed among queer scholarship, queer activism, queer politics, and queer lives. Although our approach will be interdisciplinary, we will pay special attention to the recent rhetorical studies scholarship that is queering the traditions of the discipline.

Winter Coat Drive - Now Through November 23rd

The Office of Engagement Programs of Hendricks Chapel will be collecting gently-used winter coats, hats, boots, gloves, and scarves to help our students in need. There will be a collection bin in Hendricks Chapel down the hall from the people’s Place café. For questions, please contact Syeisha Byrd at For more info: Follow us! @HendricksChapel.


Employment Opportunity at Hendricks Chapel: Budget Administrator



I am writing to share about an employment opportunity here at Hendricks Chapel, with the hopes that you will assist in our efforts to hire a new Budget Administrator.


This position serves the mission, vision, and values of Henricks Chapel by managing our expanding financial workflow and assisting with timely and accurate analysis of revenue and expense budgets. The successful candidate will be asked to plan and direct the development of the chapel’s budget and finances, make timely decisions on behalf of the chapel, provide financial projections, and structure budgeting processes that align with procedures of Syracuse University.


A link to the position description and further details can be found at:


If have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know, and of course, please share this information with anyone who you feel might be interested in joining us at Hendricks Chapel.


With gratitude,




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

Dean of Hendricks Chapel

American Sign Language (ASL) May Be Recognized As An Official Language at Syracuse University

Diane Wiener and Kate Pollack interviewed for this article.



2019 Summer Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities 

Conference - "Regarding the Pain of Others. What emotions have to do in the History of Humanitarian Images?" - Deadline December 14th

A workshop organised by the Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities (iEH2), and the Geneva Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), University of Geneva


4-5 July, 2019, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Taking the title of Susan Sontag’s seminal work as a starting point, this workshop aims at re-opening an old debate about the potentialities of exhibiting other’s suffering in order to promote a culture of peace, prevent war and/or resolve conflict. Sontag concluded in her book that images of atrocities had led the Global North to a form of exhaustion, also called compassion fatigue, which has been criticised more recently as a myth. Yet, images remain today the main strategy of humanitarian organisations to raise awareness and funds.


In this workshop we would like to propose considering the importance of images (not only photographs, but also drawings as well as motion

pictures) within the long-term history of humanitarianism, in order to explore the role of emotions in shaping and mobilising public opinion.

More particularly, we encourage scholars to think about the ways through which humanitarian images affect us as material objects that have expressive effects related to the circuits, places or circumstances in which they are exhibited. This perspective gives us the possibility to read humanitarian images as cultural, social and political practices implemented by actors (individual or collective) in a specific historical context. By engaging emotions with images, we seek to understand what they have done in the history of humanitarian relief, rather than merely looking at the meaning of their visual representations.


Therefore, we invite scholars working on the history of humanitarian images, who are interested in analysing their performative and material entanglements with emotions, to send a 300-word proposal and a short biography by December, 14, 2018 to


For all speakers who are invited to present papers at the conference, the organizing committee will cover the travelling and accommodation costs.


_Organising Committee_

- Valérie Gorin (CERAH, University of Geneva/Graduate Institute)

- Marie Leyder (iEH2/Institute of Gender Studies, University of Geneva)

- Dolores Martín-Moruno (iEH2, University of Geneva)

- Gian Marco Vidor (iEH2, University of Geneva)


_Scientific Committee_

- Roland Bleiker (University of Queensland, Australia)

- Emma Hutchison (University of Queensland, Australia)

- Jo Labanyi (New York University, USA)

- Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

- Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland)

Scholarships are available - Deadline 2/1/19

The program submission deadline we are working toward is November 16. The "late-breaking deadline" is February 15.

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Scholar in Social Justice and Human Rights

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with expertise in Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR) for the Academic Year 2019-2020, with a possibility of a second year based on availability of funds. There is the possibility of a start date as early as Spring 2019.


This scholar will be expected to conduct his or her own independent program of research, teach 1 SJHR course per academic year, and mentor B.A. and M.A. students. Preference will be given to candidates who can collaborate with existing Social Justice and Human Rights faculty, whose research and teaching is centered around the following themes—Migration and Refugees, Gender in Comparative Context, and International Law.


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is presently in a period of expansion and innovation around new initiatives and new programs. Since Fall 2017, the School has added eight new tenure- track faculty, two new postdoctoral scholars, four new lecturers and a new School Director. The current position is part of emerging Social Justice and Human Rights initiatives at ASU, which include the possible development of a Global Human Rights Center and the potential creation of a Ph.D. program.

The School is presently home to very successful campus-based undergraduate and Masters programs in Social Justice and Human Rights. And, now it is pursuing the ability to offer digital immersion graduate programs in this same field.


Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must

  1. have a doctoral degree in sociology, political science, anthropology or related field by the time of appointment; and,
  2. a record reflecting training and experience relevant to the field of social justice and human rights.


Desired Qualifications:

  1. empirical and normative research experience and interests that align with current faculty expertise in migration and refugees, gender in a comparative context, and/or international law and organizations;
  2. prior evidence of rigorous research activities fitting for the postdoctoral level;
  3. a demonstrated ability to teach B.A. and/or M.A. students in this field; and,
  4. an interest in promoting interdisciplinary collaborations in research.


More information about ASU’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can be found at;

more information about ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences can be found at


Disability In Mentorship Exchange Opportunity

The Disability: IN Mentorship Exchange is a six-month career mentoring opportunity for college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans, whom we call NextGen Leaders.


In 2018, there were 220 NextGen Leaders in the Mentoring Program; many were STEM-focused. Through the Mentoring Program, mentees benefit from a network of business connections.



  • Meet with corporate executive mentor at least twice a month (can include email exchange, phone chat, video call or in person), review your resume and set career goals.
  • Attend monthly webinars to learn more about how to transition from school to work.
  • Participate in program for 6-month period (upcoming: March-August 2019)


Approximately 85% of NextGen Leaders participating in the Mentorship Exchange have gained employment since the program’s inception.


Download and Share the Mentorship Exchange flyer:

Disability In Talent Accelerator Mentoring Opportunity

The Disability: IN Talent Accelerator is an intensive career development opportunity that takes place during the Disability: IN Annual Conference.


During the Talent Accelerator, accepted candidates, or NextGen Leaders, participate in interview and skill building activities.



  • Pre-Academy interview prep calls
  • Matchmaking events with over 100 corporate representatives
  • Interview on-site with recruiters from top corporations
  • Connect with other NextGen Leaders, NextGen Leader Alumni, and representatives from Fortune 500 companies


The accepted candidate pays no cost to participate in the Disability: IN Talent Accelerator.


Download and Share the Talent Accelerator flyer:

MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences | Department of English Mentoring Opportunity

On behalf of Jim Phelan


Academic friends, I'd be grateful if you could share the info below with prospective students.


The English Department at Ohio State University houses the interdisciplinary MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences with strong support from many participating departments, including anthropology, classics, communication, comparative studies, French and Italian, history, psychology, public health and sociology. The program is currently accepting applications for Autumn 2019.


This MA is founded on the principle that medical science and medical practice benefit from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences.  Illness and treatment, death and dying, doctor-patient relationships, and the institutions, practices and cultural discourses that deal with these matters constitute rich and significant objects of study ripe for illumination via the analytical tools of the humanities and social sciences. 


In this program, students—in consultation with their faculty advisors—follow their own interdisciplinary paths of study, emerging with a deeper understanding of the how and why, the values and practices and the successes and challenges of contemporary medicine.  In addition to acquiring the specific bodies of knowledge relevant to their paths through the program, students develop valuable, portable skills in critical thinking and writing, in synthesizing diverse streams of information, and in presenting their work to multiple audiences.  


Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for further study of various kinds—in medical school, in PhD programs in the humanities or social sciences—and for employment in public health and health-related fields. Possible jobs range from research positions within agencies devoted to health policy to staff positions within agencies promoting wellness.   For more information, click on the following link: 


Scott Lissner, 

The Ohio State University

ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer

Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs

Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law & Disability Studies

Board, Center for Disability Empowerment & VSA Ohio

Chair, Public Policy Committee, AHEAD

Job Opening for an Academic Assistant

A visiting Fulbright scholar at the College of Law is looking to hire a paid assistant for 10-20 hours/ week to help with typing, internet research, and other academic-related tasks. The visitor is here at least until the end of the semester. If you are interested in the position, please contact Portia Altman at the Office of Disability Services (, as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Woman with Disabilities Looking for Personal Assistance in Syracuse

Woman with disabilities is looking for an assistant to provide personal assistance in her home in Syracuse.

Interested candidates who possess the following traits are encouraged to apply:

  • Be reliable and flexible
  • Be in possession of a valid NYS Driver’s License and clean driving record. (Important)
  • Have reliable transportation to get to and from work
  • Be comfortable driving a minivan
  • Have proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Be able to organize and multi-task
  • Willing to provide personal care
  • Have a High School diploma/college preferred
  • Must pass a criminal background check


***Available: Sundays 7:30am – 6:00pm, Wednesdays 3:30pm – 10:00pm and Fridays 8:30am – 6:00pm. Will be processed and paid through an established agency.


Pay Rate: $14 per hour.


Interest Candidates may send resumes and references to: Karen at kgill8690@gmail.comandKatherine at

International Film Festival Encourages Students to Learn About Disabilities

Watch "Service Animals: from Common Myths to Future Policy" on YouTube

From Adam LeGrand

The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, or Syracuse University. The objective of the DCC Newsletter is to provide a centralized and comprehensive resource, which describes current activity in disability and diversity scholarship, cultural activities, and general news. Please direct any concerns about content directly to the DCC and the specific posting organization. Additionally, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions. Please by 9:00 AM each Monday with your submission.


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