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Disability Cultural Center

Issue 01 | January 18, 2019



Interfaith Dialogue Dinner - Tuesday, January 22nd

Students of Color Group: Releasing the Invisible Weight - Fridays, 1:00-2:30 pm

Legislation Rally at the State Capital in Albany, NY - Monday, February 11th

Black History Month Commemorative Lecture - Wednesday, February 13th



School of Education Launches Interdisciplinary Minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice 



The “Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary” Conference is looking for volunteers!

CALL FOR PAPERS - INSIDIOUS - Deadline: Friday, January 25th

Calls for Submissions - International Communication Association - Deadline: Thursday, January 31st

Queerying Graphic Medicine: Paradigms, Power and Practices - Deadline: Thursday, January 31st

National Clearinghouse on Disability Exchange Fellowship



“Shifting the Power”- Health Justice at Upstate - Monday, January 21st 

Weekly Update from DREAM

The ARC Responds to Passage of Criminal Justice Reform by Congress

Jameela Jamil Reveals Why She Turned Down the Role of Deaf Woman

You can’t “Culturally Appropriate” A Weighted Blanket


Interfaith Dialogue Dinner - Tuesday, January 22nd

Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Each two-hour gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue, and two mindful meditations (at beginning and end). Sessions will be co-facilitated by chaplains, faculty, staff, and students.

This discussion, "Can Anyone Be Born A Crime?", will be on Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime. 

For more information, check out the SU News story below:

Inclusive food and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided.

Students of Color Group: Releasing the Invisible Weight - Fridays, 1:00-2:30 pm

Join us in the Students of Color Group: Releasing the Invisible Weight for the opportunity to process your personal experiences as a student of color, connect with other students of color who may have shared experiences, empower other group members to take action against injustice, and heal collectively through telling your story and being supported. Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM. For more information, please email Tekhara Watson ( or Jasmin Allen ( or call the Counseling Center at 315-443-3715. Pre-group orientation required.

Legislation Rally at the State Capital in Albany, NY - Monday, February 11th

You are invited to participate in the upcoming statewide Legislation Rally on Monday, February 11 at the State Capital in Albany, NY.  Here is why you should attend (from the NY State Disability Services Council):


  • This rally is to support groundbreaking legislation that provides additional funding to universities and colleges for students with disabilities.
  • The enrollment of students with disabilities in New York State higher education institutions is at an all-time high, with more than 60,000 students enrolled.
  • Investment in critical reasonable accommodations and support services for students with disabilities has not kept pace with this dramatic enrollment growth.  This threatens to undermine the success of college students with disabilities and places higher education institutions at risk of non-compliance with the ADA.
  • The New York State Education Department's 2019-2020 budget request proposes a $15 million program that would provide funds to enhance - not replace - existing support services for college students with disabilities at public and private institutions across the state.  This investment is critical to equal access for and the success of New York State college students with disabilities.
  • This statewide program would be the first of its kind in the nation.  New York can lead the way for the rest of the country!


Student leaders are encouraged to connect with Leonard Blades, Chair, CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) and Vice Chair, Students with Disabilities, University Student Senate (USS) CUNY at



Below is the initial schedule for the day:

Monday, February 11, 2019

6:30 am  Board bus behind Schine Student Center (Waverly Ave.)

7:00 am Departure to Albany

10:00 - 11:00 am Arrivals, Check-in – Empire State Plaza Convention Center – Meeting Room 1

11:00 - 12:00 pm Workshop “What is this? Why do we need to do this?” with CUNY Vice Chancellor, Christopher Rosa

12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch – Boxed lunch will be provided. 

12:30 - 12:45 pm Gather for the Press conference Gathering at the ‘Million Dollar Staircase’ in the NY State Capital Building (for the press conference)

1:15 – 1:45 pm Press Conference with State Legislators – Million Dollar Staircase

2:30 - 3:00 pm Debrief and what’s next… a “Call to action” – Meeting Room 1

3:00 pm Departure to Syracuse - Madison Avenue Entrance for Busing

6:00 pm Arrival back at Syracuse University

**CART and ASL interpretation will be provided at the workshop and press conference.


Through the generous support of the Office of Disability Services, we have an accessible bus available to transport students to Albany and back to campus.  If you accept the invitation, please fill out this online form for the event and reserve a space on the bus:


A limited number of spaces are available for Syracuse University students.  All participants will have to fill out a travel waiver before the trip – it will be emailed to everyone who signs up.  Students should communicate with their professors about missing class that day and class attendance policies.  For questions, please contact Huey Hsiao (, and for accommodations requests, please contact Huey by Monday, January 28. For more information:




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Black History Month Commemorative Lecture - Wednesday, February 13th

“Black Supernovas: The Legacies of Black Gay Fashion Designers” with Dr. Eric D. Pritchard. February 13 in the Schine Student Center, room 304—ABC at 7 pm. For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton, 315-443-9676.


Short Bio:


Eric Darnell Pritchard is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He earned his BA in English-Liberal Arts (magna cum laude) from Lincoln University, the nation’s oldest historically Black college and university (HBCU). He also earned an MA in Afro-American Studies and a Ph.D. in English (with distinction) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Eric’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, queerness, sexuality, gender, and class with historical and contemporary literacy, literary, and rhetorical practices, as well as fashion, beauty, and popular culture.

His first book, Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press, November 2016), won three book awards: the inaugural 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on Community Writing, and the 2018 Advancement of Knowledge Award and the 2018 Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, both from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Fashioning Lives was also recognized as honorable mention for the 2018 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric.


School of Education Launches Interdisciplinary Minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice`


The “Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary” Conference is looking for volunteers!

Email or visit to sign up.


On February 9, 2019, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is once again hosting a “Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary” conference, focused on transgender and non-binary identity, issues, and concerns. It will be both a place where trans and gender non-conforming folk can gather, connect, and learn, and where cisgender folk can learn about being better allies.


Our keynote speaker J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, theGrio, Teen Vogue and more. His current projects include being the head writer of the theatrical production, Black Bois and being co-editor of the #BlackTransPrayerBook.


We will be offering the following workshops:

  • I’m new to all this – Trans/Nonbinary/Gender Non-Conforming 101
  • How to be a Trans Ally Activist
  • Transitioning and health issues
  • On Faith and the Criminalization of the Black Trans Body, De-escalation,
  • Radical hospitality
  • From there to here.. stories from parents of Trans Youth on their journey supporting their child’s transition
  • De-escalation
  • Transgender Law & Policy
  • Microaggressions
  • Creating a Welcoming Environment for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Children
  • Writing Where it Hurts


For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

CALL FOR PAPERS - INSIDIOUS - Deadline: Friday, January 25th

14th Annual Carleton Communication Graduate Caucus Conference March 21-22, 2019 | Richcraft Hall | Carleton University | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Is progress always progressive? Or can progression and regression occupy the same space? According to anthropologist Brian Larkin (2008), "progress can thus be seen as a mode of social ordering, of governmentality in Foucault's sense that power works not by repression but by incorporation and internalizing modes of rule." In other words, the tools of innovation often reimagine dominant ideologies with both positive and negative effects.


Insidious, the 14th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus (CGC) Conference, invites critical examinations of the slow, subtle, gradual changes facilitated by media technologies and communication processes.

Most importantly, we are interested in insights regarding how we as scholars, citizens, and societies might challenge the potentially harmful aspect(s) of media and communication.


The Communication Graduate Caucus welcomes proposals for 15-minute individual paper presentations, research-creation (research that includes creative production, artistic experimentation, and innovation in understanding and mobilizing knowledge), or pre-constituted panels.

Topics and themes may include but are not limited to:


+ Critical examinations of technological innovations

+ LGBTQIA+ representation in popular culture (e.g. queerbaiting, bury your gays trope, etc.)

+ Discursive constructions of utopian/dystopian futures Histories of

+ specific technologies and/or media Remediation of

+ niche/fan/subcultures Regulation of communication and media

+ Environmental effects of digital commodities Colonialism, race, and

+ gender and the impacts of a "woke" society Social and ethical impacts

+ of cybernetics, robots, and Artificial

Intelligence (AI)


The CGC Conference is proud to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Mél Hogan, Assistant Professor of Environmental Media in the Communication, Media and Film Department at the University of Calgary.


All submissions should include a 250-word abstract (in.DOC.DOCX, or

.PDF) with the full name, current academic affiliation, biography of 50-100 words, and contact information of the individual presenters.

Panel proposals should include both a 250-word abstract for the panel, explaining how it relates to the conference theme, and abstracts for all individual papers submitted in one document. Research-creation proposals should also outline the technical requirements needed for their presentation. Please send submissions by January 25th, 2019 with "CGC conference submission" in the email subject line.


The CGC Conference provides an opportunity for graduate students and emerging scholars alike to present their work, receive feedback, and participate in networking and professional development with colleagues from across Canada. Upon abstract acceptance, students are encouraged to submit their full paper for the Canadian Journal of Communication Student Paper Prize by February 14, 2019.


Xiaofei Han, Shaunel London & Carla McCutchin

2018-19 Carleton CGC Conference Co-Chairs

Calls for Submissions - International Communication Association - Deadline: Thursday, January 31st

#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media


Call for Submissions:


International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference


Friday, May 24, 2019

Washington D.C., USA


As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.




This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:


  • The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race,
  • ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;
  • Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of
  • white supremacy and right-wing ethnonationalism movements;
  • Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial
  • perspectives;
  • Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in
  • the field;
  • The politics of citation and publication …

Queerying Graphic Medicine: Paradigms, Power and Practices - Deadline: Thursday, January 31st

July 11-13, 2019

Hosted by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, at the Sallis Benney Theatre

Brighton, UK  


The Graphic Medicine conference is back in Brighton. We first hosted this conference in 2013 and we are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to participate in 2019.  Our conference title is deliberately tricky. We hope this draws you in, not shuts you out. This year marks the formation of the Graphic Medicine collective, and this is the first conference under this banner. To us, this represents an opportunity to query or question what graphic medicine is about. The time for blind evangelism is past: let's critically explore our field. To frame this exploration, we are interested in what it might mean to /queer /graphic medicine. ‘Queering’ is about refusing binaries and giving a voice to those who are usually silenced through not belonging.

It can refer to gender, sexuality, and intersexuality, but it can also be a lens through which to understand other forms of personal, cultural, and political subversion.  Queer can be an insult, a reclaimed word, a theoretical standpoint depending on which speech bubble it sits in.


We have lots more questions we hope will be raised and debated through this conference. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics) that might explore the following questions, or others you feel are relevant to our field:


  • What is Graphic Medicine?
  • Are ‘graphic’ and ‘medicine’ exclusive terms? How might these terms be queried or queered to open up possibilities for the field and genre?
  • Who gets to speak?
  • Why use comics in healthcare education?
  • What can a Gender Studies perspective offer to the practice, teaching, or creation of graphic medicine?
  • How can comics critically address issues of power in healthcare?
  • How do comics help us question paradigms and assumptions? …
  • Do comics have something to say about homophobia and transphobia?


Proposals should be submitted by January 31st, 2019 to:


National Clearinghouse on Disability Exchange Fellowship

People with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.

Are you ready to open doors to increase diversity in study abroad and international exchange? The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is excited to announce the launch of the Access to Exchange Fellowship! We are seeking college students and recent graduates who are interested in a career in international education, and who wish to help make international exchange programs more diverse and inclusive! A successful applicant should have an understanding of disability culture and be passionate about increasing access to international education for people with disabilities.


The Access to Exchange Fellow will spend MMay-August2019 working with the NCDE team towards the mission of increasing participation of people with disabilities in overseas programs. The fellow will be based in Eugene, Oregon at the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) office. Feel free to send any questions We will reach out to finalists to schedule interviews by the end of February.

More information:


“Shifting the Power”- Health Justice at Upstate - Monday, January 21st

Health Justice at Upstate is now in its second year! This year, the conference offers 11 options for breakout sessions and interactive workshops addressing disparities in health, implicit bias, institutional support of minority health professions students, and tools for activism.


See the full program and learn more here: Facebook event page:


This year's sponsors include Office of Admissions, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Medical Alumni Association, College of Graduate Studies, and Association of Women in Surgery.

Weekly Update from DREAM

The ARC Responds to Passage of Criminal Justice Reform by Congress

Jameela Jamil Reveals Why She Turned Down the Role of Deaf Woman

You can’t “Culturally Appropriate” A Weighted Blanket

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