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Issue 03 | January 30, 2019

Index

SU HAPPENINGS!:

On The Spectrum Meets - TOMORROW, Thursday, January 31st

Black History Month Kickoff - Friday, February 1st

The Black Lounge - Saturday, February 2nd

Syracuse Abroad Day - Thursday, February 7th

Legislation Rally in Albany, NY - Monday, February 11th

 

SU NEWS!:

New Grant Program Supports Undergraduate Research, Creative Work with Funding up to $5,000

 

CALLS FOR PARTICIPANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONFERENCES!:

Call for Chapters: Queer Visibility, Online Discourse, and Political Change: From /RuPaul’s Drag Race/ to Drag in the Global Digital Public Sphere - Deadline: March 15th

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY STUDY

Therapy Dog Request from Active Minds

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!:

Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With Disabilities

DREAM Weekly Email: January 13-19 2019

Disability Rights Group Sues Scooter Companies Over Clogged Sidewalks

Always Use the Microphone: Syracuse’s Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian Kate Deibel Presents

Disabled Actors say they’re the ‘last civil rights movement’ in Hollywood. Hardly anyone’s discussing it.

The Untold Gay Stories of Auschwitz

New Yale partnership supports training of theater artists with disabilities

The Art of Stimming

Can Uber Offer Improved Service to Riders in Wheelchairs?



SU HAPPENINGS!

On The Spectrum Meets - TOMORROW, January 31st

A group for people who identify as being anywhere “on the autism spectrum”. The meeting is TOMORROW, in the Disability Cultural Center, 230 Schine, from 5-6 pm. Meetings are every Thursday at this time.

For questions about access, contact Maris at anmccona@syr.edu



Black History Month Kickoff - Friday, February 1, 2019

In honor of Black History Month (BHM), Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, hosts a series of events in the month of February in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations.

 

Kick Off- February 1st, 2019, Schine Student Center Room 304-ABC 12PM-2PM. Food will be served. For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton at ctbolton@syr.edu.



The Black Lounge - Saturday, February 2nd

Featuring Anomalous People. Saturday, February 2nd, Goldstein Auditorium. Doors open at 6:45. Tickets sold at the Schine Box Office.

Syracuse Abroad Day - Thursday, February 7th

12-3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

Whitman Atrium

Syracuse Abroad http://suabroad.syr.edu/  offers over 100 program options in 60 countries. If you want to study abroad and aren’t sure where to go yet, don’t miss Syracuse Abroad Day!

Come learn about your financial aid options—including our new Syracuse Abroad Summer Program Merit Scholarship—and how study abroad fits with your curriculum. Enjoy light refreshments and international food, pick up Syracuse Abroad swag and talk to alumni of our study abroad programs. This also will be your only chance this year to meet with representatives of our partner programs around the globe, so save the date.

Along with attending Syracuse Abroad Day, you can also:



Legislation Rally in Albany, NY - Monday, February 11th

Dear Students:

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 leonardccsd@gmail.com.

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: https://students.syr.edu/machform/view.php?id=116882.

 

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 (huhsiao@syr.edu), and for accommodations requests, please contact Huey by Monday, January 28.

 

Please see attached documents related to the event, including a flyer and the bill supporting students will disabilities.  

 

Sincerely,

Co-Sponsors:

Disability Cultural Center

Disability Student Union

Office of Disability Services

Office of Student Activities



SU NEWS!

New Grant Program Supports Undergraduate Research, Creative Work with Funding up to $5,000

https://news.syr.edu/blog/2019/01/28/new-grant-program-supports-undergraduate-research-creative-work-with-funding-up-to-5000/

CALLS FOR PARTICPANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONFERENCES!

Call for Chapters: Queer Visibility, Online Discourse and Political Change: From /RuPaul’s Drag Race/ to Drag in the Global Digital Public Sphere - Deadline: March 15th

On both popular and academic levels, interest in drag culture has exploded since the reality-competition television series /RuPaul’s Drag Race/ first aired in 2009 on Logo TV in the US. With the migration of the series to VH1 and global availability through streaming services such as Netflix, drag has become even more ensconced in mainstream popular culture, thus moving even further from earlier understandings of drag as a subculture of queer protest and/or limited to the gay club environment. For the most part, however, recent academic work on drag has focused on /RuPaul’s Drag Race/ itself for its textual and production qualities, contestant representation of LGBTQ identities, and physical viewers or fan communities, leaving unaddressed the implications of how /RuPaul’s Drag Race/ has generated interest and participation in a particular drag perspective within the global digital public sphere. Concern for drag in a global digital public sphere should also consider the ways in which online discourse is shaping prospects of visibility and political change for LGBTQ individuals and communities around the world, particularly in increasingly isolated and politically regressive areas of the world.

 

Following the publication and success of /RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture: The Boundaries of Reality TV/ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), its editors invite chapter proposals for a new, edited volume concerned with the general themes of queer visibility, online discourse, emerging digital technologies, and political change as they relate to drag culture. Proposed chapter topics may consider, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

 

- Theorizing a global digital public sphere in relation to drag culture

- Drag and public discourse as they apply to online/digital spheres

- Political discourse and change within drag culture’s online/digital spheres

- The digital public sphere and self-promotional culture

- Authorized or unauthorized online extensions of RuPaul’s Drag Race

- YouTube drag stars, (micro) performers and online platforms

- The role of technology in creating a drag global digital public sphere

- Generational participation patterns in global digital drag culture

- Issues of labor surrounding online drag personalities

- Establishing a drag brand in the global digital public sphere

- What drag culture can teach us about emerging digital environments

- Relations and tensions between online and offline drag cultures

- Audience and fan roles in creating and shaping online drag personalities and cultures

- Emerging media’s roles in altering traditional drag labor, expectations and rewards

- Case studies situated at the intersection of drag culture and the global digital sphere

 

In particular, we seek proposals from outside North America and Western Europe to contribute to a truly multi-perspectival understanding of drag in a global digital public sphere. We also encourage proposals from newly-established scholars.

 

Please email chapter proposals of up to 500 words in length, as well as brief author biographical information, to the volume editors at nbrennan@fairfield.edu<mailto:nbrennan@fairfield.edu> and dgudelunas@ut.edu  <mailto:dgudelunas@ut.edu> by 15 March 2019. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated to authors around 1 April 2019. Note that multiple academic publishers have already expressed interest in the volume.



SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY STUDY

Our research aims to make computers and the Internet more accessible and easier to use. To help design more accessible technologies, we are seeking to understand more about the privacy concerns of adult computer/Internet users with and without visual impairments and learn from their experiences.

 

To understand how participants interact with technology in their natural environment, we will visit participants' homes, workplaces, or public spaces where they use computers. We will observe the challenges participants encounter with computer systems throughout the day, thus requiring about 8 hours of observation. We will also conduct an initial interview about your general experiences with technology and the Internet (about 15 minutes) and a final interview to clarify some of the observations we make (about 15 minutes). During the observations, we may have you complete a few basic tasks involving your personal computer, mobile phone, and/or accessibility devices (about 20 minutes).

 

Participants who complete the study will receive up to $60.Compensation will be pro-rated as follows: initial interview ($5);first full-day observation ($20); second full-day observation ($20); exit interview ($5); and full completion of study tasks ($10). In addition, they will receive an additional $5 for each person they introduce as a potential participant who then actually participates in our study.

 

If you’re interested in participating in this study, please fill out our recruitment survey at http://goo.gl/1hWZkN.

 

If you are selected, you will be contacted via email with detailed information on the study. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Dr. Yang Wang for more information about the study at ywang@syr.edu  or (315.443.3744).



Therapy Dog Request from Active Minds

My name is Danielle Rubenstein and I am the Accommodations chair of the club Active Minds. Active Minds is a mental health awareness club on campus. An event that I think would be beneficial to students is to have someone who has a therapy dog come talk to students about the importance of therapy dogs and how the dog has impacted their lives. In addition to the speaker, I am in contact with a local place that could bring therapy dogs to the event. If any therapy dog owners are willing to speak at the event that would be greatly appreciated! Please contact drrubens@syr.edu.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With Disabilities

https://truthout.org/articles/congress-considers-bill-to-defend-freedom-of-people-with-disabilities/

DREAM Weekly Email: January 13-19 2019

https://www.dreamcollegedisability.org/this-weeks-news-in-disability-and-higher-education

Disability Rights Group Sues Scooter Companies Over Clogged Sidewalks

Disability Rights California Sues:

https://www.cnet.com/news/disability-rights-group-sues-scooter-companies-bird-and-lime-over-clogged-sidewalks/?fbclid=IwAR0NV_YOUDeajeFr_VUjmbmal6r_FjwZYN7XvT4QrPkaoyuiyOMEm1mkdy4



Always Use the Microphone: Syracuse’s Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian Kate Deibel Presents

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/always-use-microphone/

Disabled Actors say they’re the ‘last civil rights movement’ in Hollywood. Hardly anyone’s discussing it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/disabled-actors-say-theyre-the-last-civil-rights-movement-in-hollywood-hardly-anyones-discussing-it/2019/01/24/cbde57a2-1817-11e9-9ebf-c5fed1b7a081_story.html?fbclid=IwAR2Ofv6XaDfFFheUFuExVe-2-aIOCbc2TpzRHHxjXyY789Q3NiZUMAtLo54&utm_term=.fd88788caacc

The Untold Gay Stories of Auschwitz

https://www.attitude.co.uk/article/the-untold-gay-stories-of-auschwitz-1/20107/?fbclid=IwAR0C7Ucm8CCx7GZ0bqkdgV17KttmxlteMi3nRyOhqIMyNOHZtYmYsp-9AB4

New Yale partnership supports training of theater artists with disabilities

https://news.yale.edu/2019/01/23/new-yale-partnership-supports-training-theater-artists-disabilities

The Art of Stimming

https://theweek.com/articles/811557/art-stimming?fbclid=IwAR0K1a4zYPVRBM3FOGy837wKb-hlYLdiFYN3Oy9R755SRiPSgbr_Ky2aXBw

Can Uber Offer Improved Service to Riders in Wheelchairs?

https://www.curbed.com/2018/11/20/18105170/uber-wheelchair-disability-service?fbclid=IwAR3bGdLftnq_IKimkjfTI0gHugUU8bJNHetblfBwN2vqm86se2Jr89rfFMw

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 emailsudcc@syr.edu by 9:00 AM each Monday with your submission.

Contact

230 Schine Student Center 

303 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13244

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