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March, 08 2018

SU Events

WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

The Office of Multicultural Affairs supports and promotes the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University.
WellsLink Celebrates 10 Years
The Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Division of Student Affairs hosts its 10th annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The ceremony honors WellsLink Scholars from the previous year who have successfully transitioned through the WellsLink Leadership Program and into their second year at Syracuse University.
“The Transitions Ceremony is a time for us to praise WellsLink Scholars for a successful first year at Syracuse University and applaud their first-year achievements,” says Huey Hsiao, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “This year, we have another reason to celebrate, as it is our 10th annual Transitions Ceremony. While we will be formally recognizing the 2012-2013 cohort of WellsLink Scholars at this year’s ceremony, the campus community should be proud of the successes of our 572 WellsLink Scholars over the past 10 years.”
The event is open to the campus community, followed by a reception.
A winner of the NASPA Excellence Award, the WellsLink Leadership Program is an academic and leadership excellence program for first-year students not already sponsored by athletics or state and federally funded programs. Through structured academic, social and cultural enrichment activities, WellsLink Scholars develop the leadership capital necessary for exceptional success at Syracuse University and beyond. The goal of the program is to give students an edge in college, offering them the tools necessary to achieve their academic goals, develop professionalism and expand their awareness of valuable resources and opportunities.
“WellsLink was both a support system and a springboard that gave me the confidence and opportunities to pursue many other experiences on campus and leave my mark wherever I could,” says Kimberly Harris ’09.
“It is a vehicle for the transformation of the lives of young men and women who will be the leaders, trailblazers and innovators of tomorrow, and will also improve their surrounding communities and the social conditions of modern society,” says Alex Rodriguez ’08. “After graduation, I earned my master’s degree from Stony Brook and am currently a first-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University.”
Hear more from WellsLink scholars over the past 10 years on how the program impacted their lives and contributed to their success at http://wellslink.org/m/testimonial.
Nikki Giovanni
This year’s keynote address at the Transitions Ceremony will be given by Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator. She is a strong voice for the black community, civil rights and equality. After graduating with honors from Fisk University in 1968, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and went on to write more than 30 books for adults and children. Many of Giovanni’s books have received honors and awards, including NAACP Image Awards and appearances on the Los Angeles Times and New York Times bestseller lists. Her "Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection" was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award. Over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing, Giovanni has come to be called both a national treasure and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends."
The recipient of 25 honorary degrees, she has been named “Woman of the Year” by Mademoiselle magazine, Ladies Home Journal and Ebony magazine. Giovanni was tapped for the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and named an “Outstanding Woman of Tennessee.” Giovanni has also received Governor's Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.
For more information about WellsLink, please contact Hsiao at huhsiao@syr.edu.
The Disclaimer is as follows:
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinion, views, or policy of Syracuse University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, or the editors of OMA NEWS, unless otherwise noted. Permission is granted to freely distribute the information contained herein.


Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations: Lives Worth Living

A Discussion with Adrienne Asch, Bill Peace, and Stephen Kuusisto
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
SU College of Law, MacNaughton Hall, Room 104
Presentation 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Reception and book signing from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Heritage Lounge, Room 366 White Hall
This discussion will address people with and without disabilities as all having “lives worth living,” by considering creative writing, quality of life issues, the multicultural “disability imaginary,” and issues of ethics, science, medicine, and disability rights.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during both the discussion, and the reception/book signing. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the presentation.
If you require parking for this event, please contact sudcc@syr.edu at 443-4486. 
This event is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsorship by the Disability Cultural Center, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, the Center on Human Policy, the Disability Law and Policy Program, the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the School of Education, the LGBT Resource Center, Cultural Foundations of Education, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Disability Student Union, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Disability Law Society, and Verbal Blend.
As aspects of variance and diversity, disability cultures and identities enrich the tapestry of life on and off the SU campus.

Presentation: A PLACE AT THE TABLE

What’s So Bad About Being Fat?
Special Guest: Prof. Harriet Brown (Author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia)
Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 12:00 to 1:30PM
Location: Goldstein 201B
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided; gluten-free food will be provided
Sponsors:  Disability Cultural Center, Health Services, Disability Student Union
A Place at the Table
Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table.


Dear Colleague:
Please share the following information with members of your department, and through appropriate networks and channels available to you.
The Office of Human Resources will provide Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services during the Open Enrollment informational webinar scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, November 1. CART translates the audio portion of the webinar into viewable text; essentially, it is a form of live captioning. The session will focus on employee benefits for 2014. CART also will be available during two on-campus Open Enrollment Information Sessions on the following dates:
Wednesday, October 30, at 9 a.m. in Shaffer Art Building’s Shemin Auditorium;
Wednesday, November 6, at 12 p.m. in Crouse-Hinds Hall, Admissions Auditorium, Room 010.
Open Enrollment, which is when University staff and faculty select their benefits for the coming year, takes place online from November 4 through November 15. For more information, contact Human Resources at 443-4042 or hrservic@syr.edu.
Jim Reilly | Director of Communications | Office of Human Capital Development
Syracuse University
Skytop Office Building, Room 101
Syracuse, New York 13244
t 315.443.4224 f 315.443.1063 e jmreill@syr.edu

Alpha Phi Alpha Career development event

Monday, October 28th;  7pm
Schine Student Center, Rm. 228B
“Head recruiters from Ernst & Young and the SEO Career Program will be speaking at the event”
The "College to Corporate: Plan Better Today For A Greater Tomorrow" event will take place on Monday, October 28th at 7pm at Schine 228b and it will target underclassmen. The sole purpose of the College to Corporate event is to inspire and encourage, Syracuse University underclassmen from underrepresented backgrounds to build their professional brand and skills early on in their college career, so they may successfully transition from "College life" to "Corporate life.
For more information contact Ademar Perez at adperez@syr.edu

Conflict Resolution Workshop

Friday, November 8; 4-6pm
Hall of Languages, Rm. 500
The Honors Program, OMA, and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is excited to host a workshop on conflict resolution.  As part of the workshop, you will be provided with the tools to identify, resolve and prevent conflict.  We will also discuss personal styles in managing conflict and effective communication skills that can be utilized during conflict.  The workshop will be presented by Pam Peter, Director of Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Lindsay Ferguson, Graduate Assistant for Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  It will take place on Friday, November 8 at 4-6pm in HL 500.  Please sign up through the form below.  Any questions, please email: huhsiao@syr.edu.


Calls for Papers and Conferences

Call for Papers: Art History and Disability Studies, special issue

Deadline: Dec 1, 2013
Call for Papers
Art History has not been as influenced by Disability Studies as have other disciplines of the humanities.  Art Historians have analyzed images by and about disabled people without integrating Disability Studies scholarship, while many Disability Studies scholars refer to images, but do not necessarily incorporate art historical research and methodology.  This special issue centers on interdisciplinary Art History and Disability Studies scholarship.
Papers may address issues such as the following:
•    Specific representations of disability throughout art history,
including works by disabled and nondisabled artists
•    Portraits of disabled individuals throughout history, with visible
and/or invisible impairments
•    Scientific, anthropological, and vernacular images of disability
and how they have influenced fine art
•    Representations that display disability and eroticization
•    Performance in the forms of artworks and in the everyday lives of disabled individuals
•    Exploitation versus agency
•    Theories and implications of looking/staring versus gazing in
disability studies and in art history
•    Examples of visual art that represent and/or challenge stereotypes of disability
Submissions due: Dec 1, 2013 .
Please send an abstract and CV via email to the following:
Ann Millett-Gallant: amillett@nc.rr.com and Elizabeth Howie:
Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Art History and Disability Studies, special issue. In: H-ArtHist, Oct 24, 2013. <http://arthist.net/archive/6245>.

Call for Proposals

2014 Queer Places, Practices & Lives Symposium
Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
May 16-17, 2014
Confirmed keynote speakers*:
Sara Ahmed, Professor of Race and Culture Studies, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London; and
Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
We invite proposals for the second queer studies conference at The Ohio State University. Following on the success of “Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward” that took place in May 2012, we seek proposals on any topic related to the field. Scholars, faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, activists, teachers, social workers, community members, and others interested in discussing LGBTQ issues are welcome to submit. Interdisciplinary panels and roundtables of three to four participants are especially encouraged.
Send a 300-word abstract, 2-page CV, and, if appropriate, a brief panel or roundtable description to osuqueerconference@gmail.com. Please include 3-4 keywords with your submission.
Deadline for proposals is Dec. 15, 2013.
Direct inquiries to Debra Moddelmog moddelmog.1@osu.edu or Joe Ponce ponce.8@osu.edu.
* Sara Ahmed is one of the leading queer/cultural/race studies scholars of the 21st century and author of On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004), Strange Encounters (2000), and Differences that Matter (1998). Her influential research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures. She begins with the messiness of the experiential, the unfolding of bodies into worlds, and the drama of contingency, how we are touched by what comes near. Her work explores how differences, otherness, and strangeness become “properties” of bodies and spaces over time. http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/ahmed/
* Eli Clare is a writer and proudly proclaims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (2007). His work has also been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first Queerness and Disability Conference. http://eliclare.com/

Online Conference

All SU faculty and staff are invited to the virtual version of "Accessing Higher Ground," a live, web-based conference focused on Accessible Media, Web and Technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The 16th annual conference will be held Monday – Friday, November 4 – 8, 2013 and be hosted on the SU campus in Rooms 1-218 and 0-213 in the Center for Science and Technology.  Registration is free; please register at http://its.syr.edu/aheadreg by October 31 if you plan to attend any sessions. Once registered, you may attend any or all of the virtual sessions.
Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources are a particular focus of the event.
Who should attend?
This conference is intended for individuals who need to design or provide accessible Web, media, information resources and technology in the academic and business environment. In the past, audiences have included Web designers, assistive technologists, ADA coordinators, human resource personnel, persons with disabilities, disability specialists, faculty, media specialists and programmers interested in accessibility.
About the virtual conference
AHG will stream sessions live from all 5 days of the conference, one track during the pre-conference and two tracks during the main conference. For complete information, including session abstracts and schedule, visit the virtual conference website
NOTE: ITS has arranged for group tickets for all virtual conference sessions. DO NOT register for the virtual conference on the AHG website. Also note that the times shown on the virtual conference website are Mountain Time. Events will be presented here on campus two hours later than shown on the conference website.
Presentation of this conference on the SU campus is jointly sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Disability Services, the Disability Cultural Center, and Information Technology and Services.
Questions? Send an email to Information Technology and Services at accessibility@syr.edu and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  Please include your name and phone number in your email.
Hope to see you there!

Call for Applicants

Call for Applications
2014 Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Awards
This year, AAPD will once again recognize outstanding individuals personifying leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the disability community at large.  Two individuals, emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement will each receive a cash award in order to help them continue their progress as leaders and further connect their work with the national grassroots of AAPD.  The recipients of the 2014 Hearne Leadership Awards will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in March 2014.  U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply.  Self-nominations are preferred.
Submissions are due December 6, 2013. 
For more information and to apply visit www.aapd.com/leadershipawards
TaKeisha S. Walker MA, MS
Director of Workplace and Leadership Programs
American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-521-4312
Fax: 866-536-4461

Call for Proposals

The American Psychological Foundation's (APF) 2013 Scott and Paul Pearsall Fellowship supports graduate work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. The deadline for applications has been extended to December 31, 2013.


Call for Presentations

2014 Call for Presentations
Deadline: December 6, 2013
About the Conference
June 23-26, 2014
The 138th AAIDD Annual Meeting, Embracing Complexity: Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship, will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives in complex times. The conference will have thought-provoking plenary sessions concerning emerging issues and the complexities that these issues bring to people’s lives and the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This conference will also identify ways in which professionals can prepare themselves and their organizations to embrace the complexities brought on by ever-changing contexts in research, policy, practices occur and in peoples lives. Additionally, the conference will feature panel presentations, poster presentations, taskforce and special interest group meetings, and multiple networking opportunities for attendees to learn from one another as well as the presenters. Select pre- and post-conference workshops will address relevant topics of interest in greater detail.


Call for Panelists

Dear Colleagues,
We are a couple of papers short of a double panel for the 2014 SfAA
Meeting in Albuquerque, March 18-22 (www.sfaa.net/sfaa2014.html). If
interested, send 100- word abstract to Laura Nussbaum-Barberena
(lnussb2@uic.ed) by October 25th.
Call for Papers:  “The network doesn’t stop at the door”: intentional
practices and the everyday reproduction of community organizing.
Organizers and observers of groups ranging from Occupy (Juris 2012) to
feminist indigenous activists (Blackwell 2006), from HIV-AIDS support
groups (Nguyen 2010) to immigrant workers’ centers (Gomberg-Muñoz and
Nussbaum-Barberena 2011), routinely question whether their daily forms of
interaction effectively support their broader oppositional politics. Where
they encounter slippages, groups and communities have often
attempted to implement widespread training in- and employment of-
deliberate everyday actions that intentionally engage the politics of
representation, incorporation, intersectionality, gender work and direct
democracy, among others. Such practices (re-)structure  motives, spaces,
and methods of communication and interaction.
For example, HIV-AIDS support groups in Cote D’Ivoire use “confessional
technologies” to build trust, circulate knowledge, and demonstrate the
diversity of experiences among participants (Nguyen 2010); Mexican
immigrant women in Chicago participate in ¨spatializing practices¨ during
weekly writing workshops as they identify with each other, their new
locations, and their homeland (Hurtig 2005); coalitions against violence
challenge the public/private divide that enables gender hierarchies as
they “knock on the door” when they hear neighbor’s arguments escalating
into violence (Nussbaum-Barberena, n.d.); and indigenous community
organizations utilize “community modes of transformation,” demanding that
“listening practices” structure collaboration with outside groups,
specifically saying “yes to everything, but ‘on our terms’” (Tzul 2012).
These diverse communities culturally situate intentional practices” which
they encounter through diverse – and often simultaneous – ongoing
processes while producing nuanced forms of sociality within and beyond
their “communities.”  Contributions to this panel should be
ethnographically grounded and theoretically connected, exploring
deliberate everyday practices among organized groups  or social movements.
Organizer: Laura Nussbaum-Barberena (University of Illinois-Chicago);
Discussant: Molly Doane (University of Illinois at Chicago)

News and Announcements


Disability in the News

The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.
Dr. Nora's Top Articles (11 of  81 news articles) 
1.   “Thefts from Nursing Home Trust Funds Target Elderly, Disabled People” --- Thousands of residents in U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care institutions for aged and disabled people have had their personal … --- Detroit Free Press --- October 16, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/f6vxjL  
2.   “Film Event Highlights 'Disses' of Disabled” --- People with disabilities face discrimination, ridicule, and harmful assumptions about their lives not only by the LGBT community but also by Hollywood films that ... --- Bay Area Reporter --- October 10, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/L1Dxnz  
3.   “New Device Offers Help in Tracking Those Prone to Wandering” --- A high-tech new device to help keep people living with conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome safe will be available from ... --- WXXA --- October 18, 2013   (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/x4mNuD  
4.   “Brown Signs Pavley Bill to Protect Victims of Sex Crimes in State Care” --- At developmental centers, 59 cases of alleged molestation of residents were reported over a three-year period and not a single exam was performed, according ... --- SCVNEWS.com --- October 14, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mJO1oq  
5.   “Mom 'Furious' after Son with Special Needs Left Outside Alone” --- Jordan Page, 8, was sitting outside his special education classroom at Victory Elementary School. He was alone when his mother Tami Marsh ... --- News10.net --- October 10, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/MNiyup  
6.   “School Van Driver Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Student” --- School Van Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Student ... allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled girl who he transported to school. --- Hartford Courant --- October 16, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/DrA6BQ
7.   “Caregiver Fired, Disciplined for Alleged Financial Exploitation” --- A caregiver formerly with the Duluth Regional Care Center has been fired and disciplined for allegedly financially exploiting a vulnerable adult under their care. --- WDIO-TV --- October 17, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/ccBNDz  
8.   “NJ Girl Was Sexually Abused by School Bus Driver, Lawsuit Claims” --- A Mount Arlington father is suing a former school bus driver and the local school district, claiming the driver sexually abused his daughter on ... --- NJ.com --- October 13, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/hJbFbT  
9.   “Ex-group Home Aide Gets Jail” --- A former aide in a group home will serve at least three months in jail for neglecting a severely handicapped resident who suffered horrific injuries at the facility ... --- Tribune-Review --- October 18, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/F51u1Y  
10.   “Mexican Man with Asperger's Syndrome Wins Court Battle” --- A 25-year-old Mexican with the autistic condition Asperger's has won the right to make key decisions about his life without parental consent. --- BBC News --- October 16, 2013  (MEXICO)   http://is.gd/BUMTCm  
11.   “Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters” --- A high proportion of persons with disabilities die or suffer injuries during disasters because they are rarely consulted about their needs ... --- Scoop.co.nz --- October 11, 2013  (INTERNATIONAL)  

New essay of interest

Matthew M. Heaton, "Contingencies of Colonial Psychiatry: Migration, Mental Illness, and the Repatriation of Nigerian 'Lunatics'," Social History of Medicine, current issue online.

Survey for Youth Self-Advocacy

Help Design a New Self-Advocacy Tool
Don't miss this youth voice opportunity!
Help develop a tool that young people and their family members can use when looking for services and supports.
 Apps?  Websites?  Hotlines?  Friends? 
What would help you find the right services at the right time?
Click here to take the survey.
Calling All YouthThe 411 
The goal of this youth survey is to get input for the design of a tool that youth in the system can use when advocating for themselves. The Navigating Multiple Systems (NMS) Initiative is a statewide, collaborative project led by the Council on Children and Families with initial grant funding from New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.  YP! and Families Together are partners in this initiative.  We need your help in designing the NMS tool.
In order to reach the most young people possible, YP! requests Youth Advisory Councils and Peer Groups complete this survey as a focus group.
If you facilitate a youth group and are interested in conducting a focus group for us, click here to download the Facilitator's Guide.   Click  here to download a paper version of the youth and young adult survey.  Click here to download mailing labels to return the printed survey. Please return printed surveys by November 22, 2013.
If you are a parent, your input is valuable too. We have a separate survey for you as well.
For general information about the Navigating Multiple Systems initiative, contact Zach Garafalo, YP! Assistant Director at (518) 432-0333 ext. 26 or zgarafalo@youthpowerny.org
YOUTH POWER! is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change.  Together, we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do.  Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens who are aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulations and laws.  We are young people helping other people, ensuring availability of self-help and peer support while changing systems so that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Nothing About Us Without Us!

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Syracuse, NY 13244

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