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March, 08 2018


The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs, 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.  Also, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions.  

Please email sudcc@syr.edu  by 9AM each Monday with your submission.

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH!! Please take note of all the wonderful events that we have lined up! Click here for the poster.


**Disability Awareness Month events updated**


Immigration in Focus


Save the Date: Women's and Gender Studies Fall Reception, 10/19/2015

Upcoming Grad Events, 10/6-10/9


12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

Join the Outdoor Nations Campus Challenge

Hendricks Chapel Interfaith Calendar Available

Reel Feminisms?

Verbal Blend, Rep Where You're From?


SU Libraries' Fall Exhibition Focuses on Black Utopias

SU Libraries to Host Series on Accessibility in Museums, Libraries


AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program

Syracuse University Privacy Study

Call for Proposals: 9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intelectual Disabilities

International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP-2015)

Health Promotion Seeks Peer Educators

Nominations sought for Dr. King Unsung Heroes Award

Summer Graduate Research Assistant Competition

New Fellowship Available in Latino Studies

Call for Research Participants: Learning Disability


Syracuse International Film Festival to honor Doug Biklen

Why some parents choose to have a deaf baby

Article of interest on meditation in schools

Prof. Steve Kuusisto: If Blindness is Your Game

Rule Out Abuse Campaign

Disability Scoop 10.2.15

B-tch on Wheels: New Blog Post: Disabled People making more waves than Election Candidates?

Graduate Student Seeking to Hire Personal Care Attendant

DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News 



** Disability Awareness Month events updated**



The ADA at 25: Public Lecture and Discussion, 5:00 p.m., Bird Library classroom 004 (PLEASE NOTICE THE ROOM CHANGE!)

Featuring Professor Lennard Davis, author of the new book Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest. The Arts and Sciences News website has a story on the event here. An Amazon.com book review notes, “in this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis delivers the first behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground narrative of how a band of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill.”

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. Please contact Kate Hanson via email with any questions regarding accommodations and parking, by Thursday, October 1.

This event is co-sponsored by The Renée Crown University Honors Program, the College of Law, the Disability Cultural Center and the Consortium for Culture and Medicine.


Wednesday, October 7

Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series: A Series of Gatherings to Remember, Honor and Uphold the Legacy of Dr. Steven J Taylor, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 013, Hoople Building

Presented by The Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC). Readings for discussion will include: Cory, White and Stuckey (2010) “Using Disability Studies Theory to Change Disability Services: A Case Study in Student Activism” and Taylor (2003) “Accommodating Beyond Compliance: The Faculty Mindset”. Please contact Layla Dehaiman via email for copies of the two readings and to be added to the BCCC listserv. All files are in Word. BCCC will have a round-table discussion about these readings and more about Professor Taylor will be shared. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and snacks provided.

Friday, October 16


Food Justice; Disability Rights: Celebrating the ADA @ 25

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 106, Hoople Building

Dr. Anne Bellows, Graduate Program Director and Professor, Food Studies

Professor Arlene Kanter, Director, Disability Law and Policy Program, Bond Schoneck  & King Distinguished Professor of Law, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, College of Law

Dr. Evan Weissman, Assistant Professor, Food Studies

Moderated by Dr. Diane R. Wiener,  Director, Disability Cultural Center

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 the cultural norms about food and eating? This will be a “lunch and learn” panel moderated by Dr. Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center, to explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. Everyone has a place at the table!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, gluten free food, and Kosher food will be provided.  Please indicate any accommodation requests by Friday, October 9 to sudcc@syr.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, Lisa Thomas of Health Services, the Disability Student Union, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the Food Studies Program, and the Disability Law and Policy Program at the College of Law. This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, October 20

"Along the 'Edges' of Intersectionality" with Assistant Professor Eunjung Kim, Ph.D., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., The Leonard and Ruth Sainsbury Library, Tolley Humanities Building

As part of the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Brown Bag Series and Disability Studies Brown Bag Series, Professor Kim of WGS and Cultural Foundations of Education will lead this lunchtime discussion on this important and unique subject.

Please send accommodation requests to Susann DeMocker-Shedd via email by Tuesday, October 13. 

Wednesday, October 21

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Central to the identity at Hendricks Chapel is the belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, it is essential to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for students. “Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousness with Discussion and Mindfulness” is an interfaith dialogue dinner series that seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of the day, each interfaith dialogue dinner encourages intentional dialogue across differences. It is hoped that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues can be created.

The session will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff and students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be present. Inclusive food will be provided and requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by Wednesday, October 14 by contacting Colleen Preuninger via email.

This series is co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center, made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, October 21

Disability Mentoring Day

The Disability Cultural Center, along with many sponsors across and beyond Syracuse University, will again be hosting a mentee for Disability Mentoring Day! Disability Mentoring Day is an international event hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Disability Mentoring Day is held annually on the third Wednesday of October.

Did you know October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and this year NDEAM is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects college students and recent graduates with disabilities to US Government and private sector employers nationwide. An annual database is compiled by December that federal and other employers then use to identify and further interview qualified persons for paid positions. More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website and Chuck Reutlinger, associate director of SU Career Services, can be contacted via email regarding the Workforce Recruitment Program. Deadline for students to apply is October 16.





OCT 9-11th 2015

FRIDAY 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SATURDAY 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SUNDAY 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



The goal of the Adapted Design Seminar is to bring together national experts, students from various disciplines, and individuals with a range of abilities.

Based on the motto ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ the seminar will educate all who attend about the numerous challenges within field of Adapted Design.


Friday, October 9th, 4pm to 8pm

4:00        Welcome

4:15        Tim Davis - Flaghouse Products, Recreation & Physical Education

5:00        Michele Lobo and Martha Hall - FUNctional Fashion & GoBabyGo

5:45        Joseph Clifford and Skip Meetze- e-NABLE

6:30        Panel Discussion - Athletes

7:00        Reception

Saturday, October 10th, 9am to 5pm

9:00        Student Presentation - Power Soccer with Peyton Seflick, Captain CNY United

9:45        Student Presentation - Jowonio Preschool Ballet For All with Lisa Neville

10:30   Student presentation - TRAID Access - CNY with David Selover

11:15     Peyton Seflick and Eddie Zaremba -  What is a collaborative station?


12:45     Collaborative stations and equipment fair open

3:30        Collaborative station take-aways / key insights posted

4:15        Groups form around key ideas to generate preliminary design concepts

Sunday, October 11th, 9am to 12pm

9:00        Groups form around key ideas to generate preliminary design concepts

11:30     Framing Opportunities

12:00     Closing statements




Immigration in Focus

SU La Casita Cultural Center presents "Immigration, the hot topic" as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

OCT. 9 / 6-8 PM


PUBLIC DISCUSSION led by Immigration Law experts JOSE PEREZ and ALEX GALVEZ; CARLY FOX of the Workers' Justice Center, and REBECCA FUENTES of the Workers' Center of Central New York.



SU La Casita Cultural Center presents ¡NUESTRO SABOR! as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Caribbean Cuisine, Live Show and Domino Tournament

OCT. 10 / 12-4 PM


Traditional Caribbean Cuisine for all to taste, Domino Tournament with cash awards, Flamenco Show and Syracuse University's Brazilian Ensemble: Samba Laranja


Save the Date: Women's and Gender Studies Fall Reception, 10/19/2015

WGS will be hosting its fall reception for the SU feminist community (staff, faculty, and graduate students) on Monday, 19 October, 2015, 4 pm at the Goldstein Faculty Center.  

Details to follow…


Upcoming Grad Events, 10/6-10/9

Career Services presents …

Fundamentals of the Non-Academic Job Search

Tuesday, October 6

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Hall of Languages 500

Are you looking to apply your PhD outside of the tenure-track but unsure how to proceed? We'll discuss the many aspects of conducting a search, from the jobs that fit your experience and discipline to resources that will help you identify the job that's right for you. Register via OrangeLink.

»»      Certificate in University Teaching Seminar Series …

Fundamentals of Instructional Design

with Prof. Tiffany Koszalka, Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation

Thursday, October 8

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Hall of Languages 207

This seminar will explore how incorporation of instructional design principles into instruction can help enhance success in reaching expected learning outcomes. The session will begin with a brief overview of the principles of learning (what is learning and how does it work) and instruction (how can instruction be designed so that it facilitates learning). This will be followed by a review of a variety of higher education cases, focusing on the nature of the learning in each case and what the instruction might look like. Finally, to encourage sharing of ideas, attendees will have the opportunity to present a case of their own for feedback from the audience. We will summarize with a debrief session emphasizing how you might go about critiquing and enhancing your instruction to more fully engage your students and help them achieve expected learning outcomes. Click here to register.

»»      Ray Smith Symposium …

Putting your PhD to Work: Careers and Scholarship Beyond the Tenure Track

with Katina Rogers, CUNY Futures Initiative
Friday, October 9

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hall of Languages 107

Given the changing landscape of graduate study and the academic workforce, it is a critical moment to consider how best to equip students not only to excel in research and teaching, but also for the careers they pursue after completing their studies. Digital literacy and technology are important components of such a discussion, as scholars and professionals use a wide variety of platforms to teach, collaborate with peers, and share their research with many kinds of audiences. Drawing on her work at the Futures Initiative, the Modern Language Association, and the Scholarly Communication Institute, Rogers will discuss strategies to support professionalization, public scholarship, and career development across a wide array of possible outcomes.

»»      The Office of Research, Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising, and the Graduate School present …

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application-Writing Workshop

Friday, October 9

3:00-4:30 pm

Hinds 347 (Katzer Collaboratory) 

If you are within the first three semesters of a graduate program in a STEM or related (including social science) field, one of the best funding opportunities available is the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship -- $34,00 stipend for 3 years! Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Join a writing group with your fellow applicants and experts from throughout SU to get feedback on your GRFP application essays. This session is an opportunity for you to critique and improve your Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statements. Please bring five (5) hard copies of your essay drafts to workshop. A second application-writing workshop will be held Friday, October 16.

Click here to register.




The month-long Walktober initiative and competition for students, staff and faculty has begun. 

Those interested in participating can register online as an individual or team by Friday, October 9.  You can also join the weekly Monday group walks at noon. 

For more information, visit the Walktober 2015 website.



12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony. Keynote address by Dr. Sonia Nieto, a leader in multicultural and bilingual education. Friday, October 16th, 4 PM. Hendricks Chapel. For more information, please email Huey Hsiao.


Join the Outdoor Nations Campus Challenge


Join the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge from now until October 17.  Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members can join the Syracuse University team and log outdoor recreational activities (from biking, to walking, to bird-watching, and more) to help SU compete for the National Outdoor Championship!  For more information contact Lauren Stover.


Hendricks Chapel Interfaith Calendar Available


The newly-created Hendricks Chapel Interfaith Calendar is now available. The calendar includes holidays and holy days that reflect a large proportion of the University community's faith traditions.  For a hard copy of the Hendricks Chapel Interfaith Calendar, contact Hendricks at 315.443.2901.




Reel Feminisms?

Tuesday, October 6

Watson Theater   |  7PM

Women & Gender Studies present an exploration of the TV hit show Empire through a hip hop feminist lens.

Food and drink will be served.

For more information contact Women & Gender Studies Department at 315-443-3707


Verbal Blend, Rep Where You're From?

One Mic One Voice! Presented by the Office for Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, October 8, 2015   |  7:30PM

Maxwell Auditorium

For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton at ctbolton@syr.edu or 315-443-9676.



SU Libraries' Fall Exhibition Focuses on Black Utopias




SU Libraries to Host Series on Accessibility in Museums, Libraries


Note: Attendees/participants are asked to register for the event, including noting any accessibility requests. Information is available by accessing the link, above.



AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program

AERA announces its 2015–2016 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research application competition for graduate students. This program provides mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics. We are seeking your assistance in sharing this information and identifying potential candidates. Information about the program, eligibility requirements, and application instructions are available at http://www.aera.net/AERAfundingopportunities. Below is a brief description. The application deadline is November 2,2015.

Contact George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development, Diversity Officer  at fellowships@aera.net or 202-238-3200 if you have any questions or concerns. 

About the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

Deadline: November 2, 2015

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

Award Period
Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1 or later, and is nonrenewable. This fellowship program is intended as a write-up fellowship. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States.

Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. The dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Fellows are required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the award period. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements and should be in the writing stage of their dissertation. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).


Direct any questions about the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research, eligibility requirements, or submission process to fellowships@aera.net or 202-238-3200. The application deadline is November 2, 2015.

Visit the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research for the Call for Proposals and the online application.


Syracuse University Privacy Study


Do you have privacy and security concerns when using computers and the Internet? Our research aims to listen to your concerns in order to make computers and the Internet more accessible and easier to use for people like you.

We are a group of researchers at Syracuse University and we are recruiting adults with cognitive disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities such as autism and specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia to better understand their electronic privacy and security concerns. The researchers will visit their home or other environment (e.g., public library) where the participants regularly use computers and the Internet.


The visit will take about 1 hour in which the researchers will conduct an interview about their specific privacy and security concerns and observe how participants use computers and the Internet. The researchers will also ask the participants to fill out two surveys to better understand their needs.


Participants who complete the study will receive up to $30. 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).


Call for Proposals: 9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

9th Annual Conference on Equity & Social Justice to be held on Saturday, 19 March 2016 at The Pennsylvania State University. This year the theme for the conference is: "What is Social Justice? Reflective Practices in Education and Beyond". To this end we are also pleased to welcome David Stovall and Nirmala Erevelles as our keynote speakers. 

 Conference proposals are due by 30 November 2015 and should be forwarded to equitysocialjustice2016@gmail.com. Please also feel free to mail us at this address if you require more information.



State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intelectual Disabilities

George Mason University’s Hellen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities and the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University are proud to announce

The 2015 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, November 12-13, 2015 at the Hyatt Fair Lakes in Fairfax, Virginia

Room block is held until October 22nd.  Make sure you book your hotel room ASAP!

Co-sponsors include AIDD, AAIDD, AUCD, NDSS the HSC Foundation, and the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group.


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 For questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Korpan Lee at rkorpant@gmu.edu


International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP-2015)

The Asia Pacific Institute of Advanced Research presents the 1st International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP-2015) on 5th and 6th of December 2015 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The main theme of this conference is ‘Advanced Research for Global Development’. Accordingly, the conference will cover Business, Social Sciences, Education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) disciplines. Internationally-recognized scholars will participate in the event to present their latest research and best practices.

The 1st International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP-2015) will be the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental and applied Business, Social Sciences, Information and Communication Technology, and Education. The conference will bring together leading researchers, academics, consultants, scholars, practitioners and research students from their respective domains of interest around the world.




Health Promotion Seeks Peer Educators


The Office of Health Promotion is accepting applications for peer educators — working to promote healthy, respectful relationships. 

Peer educators will attend the fall peer educator training scheduled for Friday, October 16, 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To participate in the training and join the peer education team, students need to fill out the Peer Educator Application Form by Sunday, October 11.


Nominations sought for Dr. King Unsung Heroes Award


Deadline: Monday, October 12, 2015

Each year, Syracuse University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee presents “Unsung Heroes” awards to members of the greater Syracuse community who exemplify the spirit, life, and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., but who are not widely recognized for their efforts. The individuals or groups are recognized during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held in the Carrier Dome. This year’s event will be held on January 31, 2016. 

We are looking for people who have made a positive difference in the lives of others. Past recipients have been recognized for their work to advance human rights, nonviolence, diversity, and nondiscrimination; organize soup kitchens; provide help and companionship for the elderly and people with disabilities; promote youth mentoring programs; advocate for peace and justice; build bridges between diverse communities; and provide opportunities for people living on the margins of society.

Nominations can be made online at http://hendricks.syr.edu (click on the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration button on the right) or by mailing the attached form to the address indicated. Nominations may be submitted in any or all of the following categories: “community youth/teen”, “community adult”, “SU/SUNY ESF student” or “SU/SUNY ESF faculty/staff member.”

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, October 12, 2015.

Thank you for your time and contributions that enable the University to recognize outstanding members of the Central New York community.

For more information contact Michelle Singletary at msinglet@syr.edu.


Summer Graduate Research Assistant Competition

Accepting applications October 1, 2015, through January 1, 2016. Apply now (https://events.ushmm.org/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x24321b2eb

The Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for the Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered.

The Mandel Center welcomes applications from students in all academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.


The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising MA-level and first-year PhD students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months. Assistants will work closely with assigned staff mentors who will assign tasks related to research and program goals. 

Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: (1) facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; (2) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s Encyclopedia
of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945. 

In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Each assistant will meet with a staff mentor who will assign weekly tasks and project goals and discuss the progress of these tasks and goals. Assistants are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and to actively engage with Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies staff. 


Assistants are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 2 and departing on August 19, 2016.  The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will provide a stipend of $3,000/month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC.  Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance. The funds provided through this award may be subject to U.S. federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies cannot provide individual tax advice. Assistants are expected to perform their duties in the Mandel Center Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.


Open to those students accepted to or enrolled in an MA program or in their first year in a PhD program at a North American college or university and have legal permission to work in the United States (i.e., US citizenship, US permanent residency, or proper authorization on a US student visa). The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.

In addition to English, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have fluency in one or more of the following languages: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovakian, Italian, and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.


Applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2016. Decisions will be announced in early April 2016.  All applications must be submitted in English and must include: 

  • An online application form (available on October 1, 2015). 
  • A résumé.
  • A personal statement of no more than two single-spaced pages in length. The statement should explain the applicant’s interest in the Holocaust and World War II and how the assistantship might further encourage his or her studies in this area
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The letter must be signed and on institutional letterheadLetters of recommendation should be sent from the recommender, not the applicant, as attachments to SGRA@ushmm.org.  
  • To apply please visit the link provided at the top of this posting.


New Fellowship Available in Latino Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Latino Studies

The School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce the availability of one nine-month residential fellowship in Latino Studies. Scholars with doctorates at the assistant professor level who plan to complete book-length projects are eligible. Underrepresented scholars are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant for this fellowship will hold a doctorate in anthropology, history, sociology, religious studies, Latino/Chicano Studies, cultural studies, or in an interdisciplinary field that incorporates two or more of these disciplines. 

Deadline to apply is November 2, 2015. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For additional information please visit the SAR website: https://sarweb.org/?resident_scholars  


Call for Research Participants: Learning Disability

My name is Saquana L. Cameron-Alston and I am an undergraduate student at Syracuse University. The collection of my research is solely for the requirement for my senior research thesis class under supervision of Professor Amy Lutz. I am inviting you to participate in a research study. Involvement in the study is voluntary, so you may choose to participate or not. This sheet will explain the study to you and please feel free to ask questions about the research if you have any. I will be happy to explain anything in detail if you wish. 

My research focuses on the point of view of students journeys at Syracuse University who self-identify with having a learning disability. You will be asked to participate in a short interview, approximately 30 to 45 minutes of your time. During the interview I will ask you some questions about what are some of your coping strategies and other ways you navigate to succeed in college. In the conclusion of my research I hope to create a safe space for students to have their voices heard and not to be categorize by others, but understand by their journey. All of the information will be kept confidential. 

Confidentiality: By agreeing to speak with me, I can assure you your identity and other personal information you wish not to be revealed won’t. You have the right to keep your information confidential. In any articles I write or any presentations that I make, I will create a made-up name for you to protect your identity. I will not reveal any details associated with you meaning, personal address, work locations or change any of your personal statements. If you begin to feel uncomfortable at any point during the interview, you have the right to end the interview and withdraw your consent to participate. 

Information Gathered: During the Course of the interview, I will be recording our conversation using my cellphone so I can refer back to the information at a later time and transcribe it. The information gathered from the recording will be used within my research with your consent. The recordings will be uploaded daily to a password protected computer file and kept only until the project is complete, after which it will be deleted. 

Contact Information: If you have any questions, concerns, complaints about the research please feel free to contact Professor Amy Lutz at 315-443-3842 or myself at 347-209-9610 or via email Slcamero@syr.edu. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints that you wish to address to someone other than the investigator about your rights as a research participant please feel free to contact Syracuse University Institutional Review Board at 315-443-3013.



Syracuse International Film Festival to honor Doug Biklen  


The Syracuse International Film Festival, which takes place from Wednesday, October 14th through Sunday October 18th, will be honoring Doug Biklen for a lifetime of amazing work in the Imaging Disability in Film Showcase on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Everson Museum of Art. He will be presented with a Sophia Award and they will be showing films that Doug made, worked on or has picked for this special event. There will also be a Q&A session with Doug at this event.

For more information and tickets go to http://www.filminsyracuse.com/#!copy-of-tickets--events/cd1a


Prof. Steve Kuusisto: If Blindness is Your Game

Rule Out Abuse Campaign

Documents and information about Disability and Abuse available at www.disabilityandabuse.org 

Disability Scoop 10.2.15


B-tch on Wheels: New Blog Post: Disabled People making more waves than Election Candidates?


Graduate Student Seeking to Hire Personal Care Attendant

Seeking a personal care attendant to assist a disabled graduate student at Syracuse University with daily tasks such as preparing/organizing materials for class, assisting with writing emails and text, and feeding. While this job has no prerequisites, a high school diploma is required. Candidates must be dependable, trustworthy, responsible, and flexible.  PLEASE NOTE: This is not a full time (40 hour) position, and we are looking for female applicants only. Contact Jennifer Dennison Brooks (jdbro100@syr.edu) for more information and/or to apply.




DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News


From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring

Sponsored by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University and the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)


Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of September 20-26, 2015


 Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):

* After scrapping plans to rank colleges, the Obama administration has published its new “College Scorecard” (at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/).  As NPR notes, every prospective student will use this information in different ways (http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/21/441417608/the-new-college-scorecard-npr-does-some-math), but information about diversity on campuses does not include any information about the percentage of college students with disabilities, even though this information is readily available to the government at their own College Navigator website (https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/).

* The Yale College Council and Yale students are creating real change in policy and the language around “mental health” on campus, including the formation of a new undergraduate Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/09/21/mental-health-coalition-aims-to-engage-students/

* Jacob Gray of the UK talks about getting meningitis in college, and his struggles to recover and resume his life after lengthy recoveries and multiple amputations: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34281028/jacob-gray-how-i-found-myself-disabled-in-an-instant

* Carnegie Mellon student and Active Minds speaker Kai Roberts released albums about his experiences dealing with depression and anxiety during college – they’re available at a “name your price” cost (with no minimum) at http://www.kairoberts.com/

* University of Portland student David Rinella had his wheelchair stolen from his off-campus house, and now strangers and friends are pitching in to help him buy a new one (video has captions but no audio description): http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/09/21/up-students-wheelchair-stolen-fundraiser-aims-help/72570964/

* As the University of Cincinnati gears up for a week of events before the football team takes on the University of Miami Florida, the student government is hosting a week-long “20,000 Bearcats” mental health campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma about the estimated 20,000 students dealing with depression and other mental and emotional health concerns: http://www.newsrecord.org/news/sg-leads-mental-health-week/article_47eda698-626f-11e5-88d9-1b0a51291f88.html

* Jason Yarber worked 16 years to get his degree from Lansing Community College, but he did it – the article notes that he made steady progress with support of mentors and accommodations from the disability services office for his CP and learning disabilties: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/judy-putnam/2015/09/24/putnam-jasonyarber/72699434/

* Central Michigan is having “Mental Health First Aid” trainings to teach public officials how to de-escalate situations involving people in mental health crises – they’ve invited college administrators, too: http://www.themorningsun.com/general-news/20150923/mental-health-first-aid-class-being-offered

And a few related items of possible interest to college students:

* Linda Burnip doesn’t mess around – when the UK kept making cuts to disability programs, she and her colleagues in the Disabled People Against Cuts group convinced the United Nations to launch an inquiry into systemic discrimination by the government: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/16/disability-un-investigation-uk-government-violations-human-rights

* Advertising and media are trying to be more body positive, but disabled women are often left out – the Bold Beauty project is trying to change that through its photo exhibitions of women with disabilities: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Ola-Ojewumi/disabled-women-dare-to-be_b_8173712.html

* After going viral with their cover of Pharell’s “Happy” last year, the Deaf film students at Camp Mark Seven have released their ASL cover version of Philp Phillip’s “Home,” telling everyone they can find a safe home through community (video is signed and captioned, but no audio description): http://www.mtv.com/news/2277454/phillip-phillips-home-asl-cover/

* Buzzfeed educates us about 23 things people in wheelchairs have to deal with on a regular basis: http://www.buzzfeed.com/louisebruton/everyday-struggles-for-a-wheelchair-user-f5b5#.aygLz4PY48

* Ryan King has sickle cell, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities, and because of that he has fewer rights than a felon: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/why-a-man-with-intellectual-disabilities-has-fewer-rights-than-a-convicted-felon/2015/09/21/2281f5c0-605e-11e5-b38e-06883aacba64_story.html

* The BBC published an article about the relatively unknown eating disorder “Bigorexia” (muscle dysphoria), which causes people to think they are small even though they are not – with life-threatening consequences (video has no captions or audio description): http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34307044/muscle-dysmorphia-one-in-10-men-in-gyms-believed-to-have-bigorexia

* Turing Pharmaceuticals and its CEO, Martin Shkreli, were universally vilified online after raising an AIDS medication’s price 5,000% to $750 per dose, even though it costs $1 to make each pill – they’ve since changed their mind, but haven’t announced the final price: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/23/us-pharmaceutical-firm-to-roll-back-5000-price-hike-on-drug

* In Sunnyvale, CA, residents are trying to get a neighborhood autistic boy declared a “public nuisance”: http://www.thismess.net/2015/09/flowers-v-gopal-rich-folks-try-to.html

* One mom in the UK was fed up waiting for the local school to create a disabled parking space so she could drop off her daughter – so she grabbed a can of pink spray paint and made one herself: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-34187713

For more information about DREAM, the Taishoff Center, or AHEAD contact Wendy Harbour (wendy@ahead.org) or check out our website at http://www.dreamcollegediability.org.   Wendy can also handle requests to subscribe or unsubscribe. 

By the way, please don't presume DREAM, the Taishoff Center, Syracuse University, or AHEAD agree with everything in these links we send out - we're just passing along the information so you can form your own opinions.  Thanks.


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