Weekly Newsletter

Follow Us Like Us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube Follow us on Tumblr

Weekly Newsletter

March, 08 2018



"Cripping" the Comic Con!

SU Take Back the Night!

Asian Pacific Heritage Month


The Politics and Practices of Queer Archives


"Orange Ability" photos by Steve Sartori


"Speak Up/Speak Out" Conference


Please join us for UB’s 3rd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium: Buffalo Pride!


"Cripping" the Comic Con!

Register Now!
Take Away the Suit, and What are You?
April 9-10, 2014
304ABC Schine Student Center
Panasci Lounge
Brought to you by the creators of  The Access Avengers(designed by Jill Stromberg) and “Fantastic! Heroic! Disabled?”
(Stay  tuned!  A new  Access Avenger will be  revealed!)
Naomi Grossman
“Pepper” on American Horror Story: Asylum
Performance of one-woman show
"Carnival Knowledge" followed by Q&A AND AUTOGRAPHS!
The Walking Dead and Assisted Suicide
Dr. William J. Peace
Jeannette K. Watson
Visiting Professor
Syracuse University
Zombie Walk n’ Roll on the Quad
with our friends from Frightmare farms
The Ultimate "Mainstreaming": Disability & Mainstream Media
Becky Curran
International Motivational Speaker
Plenary Panel: Developing a Disability Version of the BechdeL Test: how well are disabled people represented in popular culture?
Dr. Katherine Deibel and Day Al-Mohamed, JD
DVD/Film Screenings
Superheroes: A NEver-ending Battle
Lil Bub & frienDz
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the entire symposium and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the keynote addresses, plenary panel, and select concurrent sessions. Parking is available at University Area Garage for a fee. For any questions pertaining to parking or requests for access accommodations, please contact razubal@syr.edu by 4/2/14.
This symposium is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsored by the SU Disability Cultural Center, the Center on Human Policy, the Slutzker Center for International Services (SCIS), the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC), the LGBT Resource Center, the Disability Student Union (DSU), Disability Studies at Syracuse University, and the Disability Law Society (DLS). Special thanks to DSA Technical Services and Student Centers and Programming Services (SCPS).
For more information, visit:  http://crippingthecon.com
Follow us on Twitter @cripcon  

SU Take Back the Night!

April, 9 at 7PM Hendrick's Chapel

Take Back the Night is an annual event, observed throughout the United States as well as internationally, that brings community members together to speak out about sexual violence, relationship violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to proclaim that each individual has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard.

The origins of Take Back the Night are uncertain. Take Back the Night may have started in London, England in 1877, when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in streets at night. Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 in Belgium when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the streets to denounce the continuation of violence against women.   (Take Back the NIght history). Regardless of the origin of Take Back the Night, what is clear is the importance of these events. Thousands of Take Back the Night marches and rallies have taken place worldwide, including on college campuses, and this tradition continues.

Take Back the Night at Syracuse University is coordinated by student volunteers affiliated with the Advocacy Center. Traditionally held in April each year, Take Back the Night is a collaboration of campus and community members, coming together to take a stand against all violence, to raise awareness about attitudes that perpetuate violence, and to discuss ways we can work together to make the night safe for all members of the community. Take Back the Night at Syracuse University is a series of events designed to bring all members of our community together to encourage dialogue about sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. The events culminate in a rally, and March at Hendricks Chapel. The rally and march provide a forum for members of our community to come together to take a stand publicly and proclaim that the violence must end.

Follow us on twitter @TBTNSyracuseU        


Asian Pacific Heritage Month

An Unfinished Conversation with Lee Mun Wah
All events on Wednesday, April 23
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel, is excited to invite the campus community to a special program on Wednesday, April 23.  Lee Mun Wah - filmmaker, author, educator and master diversity trainer – will be facilitating a day-long program, An Unfinished Conversation, designed to co-create a strong sense of community and build trusting relationships with one another.  Below are details on each program and registration information.  Space is limited, and individuals are advised to register early.  Please register before April 16 for the morning and afternoon sessions.   
Creating Community in a Diverse School Environment 
A Faculty and Staff Conversation (9:30 am-12:00 pm) in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Bird 114) – Continental breakfast provided.
Register online before April 16.  Faculty and staff only.    
Description: This workshop provides basic, practical techniques on how to develop alliances and a sense of community between multicultural groups. We will focus on how to create an environment of trust and a sense of community where similarities and differences are valued, acknowledged, and considered useful. 
How to Have A Dialogue Across Cultures
A Student Dialogue (2:00-4:00 pm) in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Bird 114) – Light refreshments provided.
Register online before April 16.  Students only.    
Description: So often we are afraid to begin a conversation on diversity issues because we have had a bad experience or feel others will say something wrong or hurtful.  In this workshop we will practice talking to people different than ourselves in a compassionate and honest way.  We will learn that we are not alone in our fears and that although we all lack "models" who show us how to have these difficult dialogues well, the most important ingredient is our sincerity and our willingness to learn from and understand one another. 
“If These Halls Could Talk” Film Showing, Community Address & Diversity Dialogue
Evening Community Address, Film Showing and Dialogue (6:30 - 9:00 pm) in Maxwell Auditorium
No registration required. 
Film Description: In the summer of 2010, Lee Mun Wah brought together eleven college students from around the country to explore issues of race on their campuses. In the process of sharing their stories and different life experiences with each other, they discover and expose the complexity and anguish that accompany those experiences, while trying to be understood and validated in a predominantly white environment. Their stories are starkly emotional and the issues they provoke are equally perplexing, begging to be heard and confronted.  A preview of this new documentary film can be found at:  www.stirfryseminars.com/store/products/ith_f.php.
Bio: A nationally-acclaimed lecturer and Master Diversity and Communications Trainer, Lee Mun Wah is a Chinese American community therapist, documentary filmmaker, Special Education educator, performing poet, Asian folkteller and author. He is also Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, which works with corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and social agencies to facilitate diversity issues through healthy and authentic cross cultural relationships.

Additional sponsors: Arts and Sciences, Asian/Asian American Studies, Asian Students in America, Co-curricular Fee, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Disability Cultural Center, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Office of Residence Life, and The Renée Crown University Honors Program.
For more information, please contact Huey Hsiao at 315-443-9676 or huhsiao@syr.edu.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Real time Translation (CART) will be provided for the evening program.  If you require accommodations or have dietary needs for the morning and afternoon sessions, please contact Huey Hsiao by April 16.
MEN on the Green: Golf and Professional Development Summit (see attached flyer)
The Multicultural Empowerment Network (MEN) is hosting a Golf and Professional Development Summit on Saturday April 12th at Drumlins Country Club here in Syracuse. The event will consist of a golf learning workshop with PGA instructors, a half round of golf, as well as a business etiquette buffet lunch workshop with etiquette professional Robert Shutt. The event will last all day from 9am-4:45pm, and transportation and lunch will be provided. Please register online: Click Here.  Any questions, please contact: Huey Hsiao at 315-443-9676 or huhsiao@syr.edu.


7 PM
In commemoration of the 3rd
annual Trans* Day of Liberation,
Julia Serano will draw from her new
book, Excluded: Making Feminist &
Queer Movements More Inclusive, to
address the potential for trans*
Julia Serano is an Oakland,
California-based writer, performer,
and activist who has gained
notoriety in feminist, queer, and
transgender circles for her unique
insights into gender.

The Politics and Practices of Queer Archives

Syracuse University

Over the past two decades, archives specifically dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer histories have been burgeoning across the globe. This symposium brings together key participants in this growing archival movement to discuss and explore the practices and politics of queer archives.

Organized the LGBT Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences, the SU Humanities Center, and the Department of History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.

Co-sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries; the School of Information Studies; the Departments of English, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Communication & Rhetorical Studies; the Museum Studies Program; the Documentary Film & History Program; the College of Arts & Sciences’ Co-Curricular Fund; and the LGBT Resource Center. This project is also made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant Program, administered by the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


For accommodations please call 443 4947 or email rhallas@syr.edu by April 4.

Thursday, April 10

3pm: Workshop: Researching the Queer Archive I

Spector Room, 608 Bird Library

Drawing on material from SU Libraries’ Special Collections, this workshop examines the practical issues of researching queer material in the archive, including identifying relevant collections, using finding aids and the politics of catalog classification.

·         Michele Combs (Lead Archivist, Special Collections)

·         Lucy Mulroney (Curator of Special Collections)

·         Bonnie Ryan (Librarian for LGBT Studies)

Charles Tremper (Acquisitions & Cataloging Librarian, Special Collections)

5.30pm: Panel discussion: Researching the Queer Archive II

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Scholars from the disciplines of art history/visual studies, rhetoric and history will discuss their firsthand experiences of researching queer material in the archive and reading the archive queerly.

·         Lucy Mulroney (Curator of Special Collections, SU Libraries)

·         K.J. Rawson (Assistant Professor of English, College of Holy


·         Laurie Marhoefer (Assistant Professor of History, Syracuse



"Orange Ability" photos by Steve Sartori

Images from SU Photographer, Steve Sartori: OrangeAbility (Accessible Athletics Expo 2014)


"Speak Up/Speak Out" Conference

Conference Announcement: SUNY Cortland’s 5th Annual Student Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice, “Speak Up/Speak Out,” will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Registration is now open! For more information, please visit the conference website. If you have questions please email  Melissa Da Costa.


Please join us for UB’s 3rd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium: Buffalo Pride!


Be sure to read the registration instructions!



Douglas Usiak

Executive Director

Western NY Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL)


Douglas Usiak will present on why those with disabilities deserve equal recognition with the rest of humanity in their human rights and civil rights. Every person on this planet has fundamental human rights. Under the 14th amendment of our Constitution, these rights are guaranteed to us in the United States as civil rights.


Douglas Platt


Museum of disABILITY History


Douglas Platt will present a PowerPoint regarding the Museum, its holdings, its history, some of the offerings, such as Traveling Exhibits and educational presentations. He will discuss the Museum’s role in documenting the history of Persons with Disabilities, and the relationship between the Museum and the self-advocacy movement.



This year’s Diversity in Disability symposium will focus on advocacy efforts and experts that we have right here in Buffalo, New York. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend this interactive symposium to learn more about how disability adds to our diverse world.


There will also be a panel about accessible transportation in Buffalo confirmed panelists so far include:

Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL)

Frank Cammarata, Executive Director at Erie County Office for Disabled

We will also have someone present from the NFTA. We are currently in the process of reaching out to UB Parking and Transportation.



Center for Tomorrow

Flint & Service Center Roads

University at Buffalo North Campus

Amherst, NY 14260



Saturday, April 12, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Registration sign in begins at 8:30!



If you are planning on attending UB's3rd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium, Buffalo Pride, please go to this website to register:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact David Dodge at daviddodge2013@gmail.com or by phone at 585-297-5665

David Dodge
American Red Cross

109 Main St.

Batavia, NY 14020

Office Phone: 585-343-6098 

Cell Phone: 585-297-5665

E-mail: daviddodge2013@gmail.com


Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Email: sudcc@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193

Follow Us Like Us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube