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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.



Disabilifunk 2016: Join us to Celebrate Disability and Diversity on February 20!

BCCC 3rd session Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series

Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit



Community Ambassador Program

fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

SU Career Services Senior Series

Take the Campus Climate Survey!

Upcoming Future Professoriate Program and related events

Black History Month Commemorative Lecture: Alicia Garza

Syracuse University College of Law’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP)

Voter Registration Project

Save The Date: LGBT Resource Center’s Annual Rainbow Banquet

Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos

Hendricks Hosts Candlelight Yoga in the Dome


Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

College of Law to Host 15th Annual Diversity Law Day

SU First Major Private University to Support Sen. Gillibrand’s Campus Accountability & Safety Act


**EXTENDED DEADLINE** Call for Proposals: Deaf-initely Ironic…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016


Syracuse University Fit Families Program for children with Autism and their families 

Registration is now open for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

State of the Science Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Call for Papers - Theme: Disability and Social Justice in Kenya

Gallaudet Summer Internships

SUNY Cortland 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy recruiting Research Fellow

Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception

Scholarships available for the Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2016

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY, Binghamton

AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts & Feminist Conference

Call for Participation – Imagining America: At the Crossroads

Syracuse University LOGIN Study

Call for Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

Newhouse Student Narrative Project: People with disabilities 


Call for Study Participants


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights

Bill Peace Referenced in Salon

National Disability Abuse Survey

VoteDisability, survey and video

Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking | Co.Design | business + design

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: January 17-February 13, 2016

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

Pine Bluff Commercial: White Hall Heroes Graduate


Disabilifunk 2016: Join us to Celebrate Disability and Diversity on February 20!


February 20th, 6-9 pm

Schine Underground 

Join us for karaoke and an engaging, inclusive, and exciting series of performances

Featuring performances by student and community groups, and YOU (Karaoke!) 

A Capella, Karaoke, Improv, and more 

Please pick up your FREE tickets at the Schine Box Office!!

This event is cosponsored by the Disability Student Union and the Disability Cultural Center.

Please contact Kaylah Wicks at kawicks@syr.edu for any accommodation requests.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and light refreshments will be provided.


BCCC 3rd session Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series

The BCCC would like to announce our third event in the Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series – Monday February 22nd @ 11:30am in Hoople Room 013. 

The topic of the readings this time will be institutionalization. Attached to this email is a reading from Steve’s book (PDF & Word Doc) -  Acts of Conscience. The flyer for the event is also attached.    Additionally, please find two links below to recent articles which we also plan to discuss.  



We will be providing snacks as well as ASL interpretation.

Please contact Justin Freedman at jefreedm@syr.edu if you have any questions.


Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit 

The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit.

The Wind is Spirit was born from an interview conducted by groundbreaking author and activist Dr. Gloria Joseph, Audre Lorde's partner in the latter years of her life. Told griot style (an African oral tradition of storytelling to maintain historical ties to the past), this combination anthology and biography brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists, who submitted essays, reflections, stories, poems, memoirs and photos that illuminate how Lorde's literary vision and her turbulent and triumphant life inspired so many.

Monday February 29, 2016

5:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Community Folk Art Center

805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse

Reception to follow

Co-Sponsors: African American Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education, Humanities Center, Intergroup Dialogue Program, LGBT Resource Center, LGBT Studies, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

This event is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase.




The next SPRING 2016 INTERFAITH DIALOGUE DINNER AND MEDITATION sesion is on Wednesday 2/24/16  

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

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series 

Feb. 24:  Accommodations and Accessibility: Broadening Definitions; Changing Cultures 

Mar. 23:  Racialized Campus Climates: Naming Racism and Healing Wounds 

Apr. 27: Stress and Wellness: What is “Mental Health”? 

6:30 to 8:30 PM 

Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Central to our identity at Hendricks Chapel is our belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, we believe it is essential for us to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for our students. Our interfaith dialogue dinner series seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of our day, each interfaith dialogue dinner will encourage intentional dialogue across difference. It is our hope that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, we can create a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues. 

Each two hour gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue, and a time of mindful meditation.  Sessions will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff, and students. 

This series is cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel, the Disability Cultural Center (DCC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the LGBT Resource Center, and the Slutzker Center, is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs. 

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made at least seven days before each gathering by contacting cpreunin@syr.edu.




We have finally confirmed our adaptive ski trip for Saturday, March 5th! Anyone who is interested should RSVP to Christy Kalebic via email cqkalebi@syr.edu so we can plan accordingly. Feel free to invite any friends who may be interested! People who are simply interested in learning how adaptive sports function should also come! There will be a group of people giving us a demonstration, so come curious if you want to learn more about adaptive skiing! These are the three areas that will be focused on:    

*Visual impairments and/or Developmental disabilities (these are viewed as “stand up skiers or boarders”)

*3 track / 4 track skiers – these individuals may have had an amputation – be dealing with hemiplegia – theses skiers ski in a standing position but with the assistance of hand held outriggers

*Mono Ski / Bi ski – these individuals typically use wheelchairs and use a ski that they sit in.    

The next day for wheelchair basketball is Saturday, March 5th. If you can't make it to the ski trip, why not check out wheelchair basketball right here on campus?? 9:30-11:30 in the Women's building. This is usually every other Saturday, but we'll keep you updated. 

OrangeAbility is April 16th from 1-4pm!! The location is still being determined. This our biggest, and my favorite, event of the year. An inclusive, accessible athletics expo; come play wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and experience adaptive sports! This year, we are going to have the option to register as a team and have games planned throughout the event. If you are part of an org and want to make a team, or you and your friends want to make a team, let me know and we'll get you on the schedule! We'll have more info as we get closer.

Please contact Christy Kalebic, President & Events Coordinator of the Disability Student Union, at cqkalebi@syr.edu if you have any questions.


Community Ambassador Program

In an effort to assist students with their transition to off campus living in the Syracuse University neighborhood, the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) has created the Community Ambassador Program. This program will match successful off-campus students with selected blocks in the University neighborhood.  Selected students will serve as an ambassador and role-model to the residents of the street they are living on. Community Ambassadors (CA) will provide a point of contact for student-residents on their assigned block, provide access to resources and build community in order to ease the transition to off-campus living. We hope this program will increase the overall achievement and satisfaction of students living in the university neighborhood, and will provide a leadership opportunity for returning off-campus students.

Blocks participating in the Community Ambassador Program:

  • Ackerman Ave
  • Clarendon St
  • Euclid Ave
  • Lancaster Ave
  • Livingston Ave
  • Ostrom Ave
  • Maryland Ave
  • Redfield Pl
  • Sumner Ave
  • Park Point Syracuse

Requirements for students applying to be a Community Ambassador:

  1. Minimum sophomore standing by Fall 2016.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
  3. No disciplinary record that resulted in probation, suspension or expulsion.
  4. Must live on one of the blocks listed in participating streets during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  5. Willingness to commit to participation for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.


  • This is a paid leadership position. Community Ambassadors typically average 5 hours a week, earning approximately $500 a semester and are paid hourly. Additional support is provided to fund programs.
  • $175 per semester will be provided to fund social programming

Community Ambassador position responsibilities:

  • Participate in a required training on April 27nd (6-9 p.m.) and August 22 and 23 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
  • Establish an email list serve and phone list for all students on the street and email them regularly with information. Walk door to door to distribute timely information as necessary.
  • Semi-monthly staff meeting. Weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor.
  • One hour per week of “office hours.”
  • Create and run two social programs per semester. Promote programs sponsored by the OCCS.
  • Serve on the Off-Campus Advisory Council.
  • Host a block Barbeque (Sunday, August  28) and participate in Taste of Westcott (Thursday, September 1)
  • Assist students with general concerns or refer students to the University and/or city.

If you have any questions please contact: Kerry Heckman, Assistant Director, at 315-443-5489 or kmheckma@syr.edu



fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

The fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is currently looking for students to become Peer Mentors for the 2016-17 academic year.  Peer Mentors are upper-class students who work with one or two first-year and/or transfer students as a mentor, assisting in their overall success at SU by offering guidance and consistent support, and serving as a positive role model.  For more information or to apply, students should visit the fullCIRCLE page.

Applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 24.  Questions can be emailed to program staff.


SU Career Services Senior Series

Wednesdays, 11 AM – 12 PM.

Hall of Languages 202.  

2/17- Networking.

2/24- Creating a Competitive Resume.

3/2- Effective Interviewing. 

Syracuse University Career Services. 235 Shine. 315.443.3616. careerservices.syr.edu


Take the Campus Climate Survey!

Take the Syracuse University Climate Assessment Survey.

Each voice is important. Many voices prompt change. Use your voice.


Upcoming Future Professoriate Program and related events 

Received from The Graduate School

FPP-friendly events coming up in the next two-plus weeks, including the last CUT seminar of the 2015-16 season.

  • Feb. 19,  9:45-11:30 am, Hall of Languages 114 – Teaching to Non-Experts: Good Questions and Student Thinking. Prof. Sharon Dotger and Erica Layow.
  • Feb. 19, 2:00-3:30 pm, Hall of Languages 207 – Ray Smith Symposium: “The Great Mistake: How Private-Sector Models Damage Universities, and How they Can Recover.” Christopher Newfield.
  • Feb. 22, 2:00-5:00 pm, Bird Library 550Grad/Faculty Research Lock-In.
  • Feb. 26, 2:00-3:30 pm, Bird Library 114 – FPP Topics in Higher Ed: “A High-Caliber Education: Gun Rights, Gun Violence, and College Campuses.” Steven Goode and Jaclyn Schildkraut.
  • Feb. 29, 4:00-5:30 pm, Bird Library 004 – CV Workshop for Graduate Students in STEM. Prof. Jesse Bond and Dan Olson-Bang.
  • March 3, 2:00-3:30 pm, Eggers 010 “Hacking the Academic Job Market.” Karen Kelsky via Skype.
  • March 4, 2:30-4:00 pm, Hall of Languages 207 – CUT seminar: Crafting the Teaching Statement. Kate Costello-Sullivan.


Black History Month Commemorative Lecture: Alicia Garza

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Black History Month Commemorative Lecture will be presented by Alicia Garza, Social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hendricks Chapel   | 7pm

For More Information, Contact Cedric T. Bolton at 315.443.9676 or ctbolton@syr.edu

Syracuse University College of Law’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP)

The DLPP was founded to provide law students the opportunity to specialize in disability law and to participate in innovative academic programs, interdisciplinary research, and experiential learning opportunities that advance the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and throughout the world. The 2015-16 Spring Lecture Series also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Individual with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) by bringing to campus noted disability rights scholars and practitioners. The lectures will take place in the College of Law, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue (Rooms TBA). CART and sign language interpreters will be available. 

This Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the DLPP, the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences and its Women and Gender Studies Department, the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the School of Education and its Cultural Foundations of Education Program, the Transnational NGO Initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Disability Cultural Center, The Disability Law Society, The Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, and the Renee Crown Honors Program.   


FEBRUARY 25: Eric Rosenthal, Director, Disability Rights International:A Call for the End of Institutionalization and Trafficking of Children, Thursday, 12-1:30 pm. 

MARCH 3: Michael Waterstone, J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School:Olmstead Exceptionalism, COL Faculty Workshop, Thursday, 11:30-1 pm.   

MARCH 22: Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled International, Inc.:The Rights of Women with Disabilities: An International, Legal, Disability Rights and Feminist Activist Approach, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm. 

APRIL 5: Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School:The Politics of Disability Identity at ADA +25, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm. 

APRIL 12: Sagit Mor, Teaching Fellow, University of Washington and Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faulty of Law:From Misfortune to Injustice: Disability, Torts and Inequality, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.

For more information about the Lecture Series, please contact Professor Arlene Kanter, Director, DLPP at kantera@law.syr.edu or Chris Ramsdell at ceramsde@law.syr.edu, 443-9542.


Voter Registration Project 

Received from the Office of Government and Communit Relations:

My name is Kennedy Patlan and I am the Account Supervisor for the Office of Government and Community Relations. For a semester, a team comprised of myself and a few other students have been working with the Office of Government and Community Relations here on campus. Our goal is to raise civic engagement and political participation on campus. We are doing this primarily through the means of increasing voter registration.

In order to better understand how to do this effectively- we need your help. As students, your voices carry volumes and this survey is only the first step in that process. As members of the campus community, your presence and opinions matter to both the administration and the student body. And your input matters to the climate of our campus civic engagement and political presence.

If you could take a few minutes to answer this survey, we'd be eternally grateful. If you have interests in being a part of this effort, feel free to contact me! Thanks for your time.

Additionally, if your organization would be interested in future collaboration as our efforts develop (events, spreading social media, tabling, etc.), please respond with an idea of the extent to which you would like to work with us. We greatly appreciate any and all efforts because this is a cause that greatly impacts us all, and we are unable to improve democratic involvement on campus without leveraging the influence of organizations such as yours.




Save The Date: LGBT Resource Center’s Annual Rainbow Banquet 

Please save the date for the LGBT Resource Center’s 14th Annual Rainbow Banquet.

Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office during April.

5:30 PM, Thursday, April 21st, 2016.

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.



Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

School of Education Professor Julie Causton is offering a series of eight 2-hour seminars during the Spring 2016 semester that aim to provide doctoral students in ANY program with the tools and inspiration to improve their productivity and effectiveness in the world of academia. Sessions will cover everything from engaging teaching strategies in college classrooms, to finishing in-progress writing projects, to issues of vulnerability, happiness, and authenticity. These sessions are designed to create a collaborative community of scholars as we examine and address the real challenges of becoming an academic and a scholar.

Come to one seminar, a few, or all of them - the choice is yours!

All seminars held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 056 Huntington Hall

Writing Boot Camp
2 remaining sessions: Wednesday, March 9; Tuesday, March 29
This pomodoro-based work session is for seminar members who wish to meet and work in a structured and supportive environment. We will begin with 5 minutes of rule setting followed by a two-hour productive working session. This session will be divided into 15 minute increments with 5 minute sharing breaks to increase accountability and support for participants.

Vulnerability and Academia
Tuesday, March 8
Inspired by the work of scholar Dr. Brene Brown, this session will focus on what it means to be more vulnerable and authentic within our profession. Seminar participants will engage with work by diverse researchers, authors and activists in order to leave with strategies for embracing authenticity and vulnerability, practicing mindfulness related to self-worth and belonging, and an appreciation for the power of being true to one’s authentic self.

Happiness and Academia
Tuesday, March 22
Inspired by Harvard scholar Dr. Sean Achor, this session focuses on cultivating the Seven Principles that fuel success and performance. Seminar participants will leave with research-based strategies to boost happiness, productivity and effectiveness.

Landing the Job
Monday, March 28
This seminar session will be centered on thoughtful advice for going on the market and obtaining your dream job. We will discuss everything from CVs to cover letters to job talks. Seminar participants will leave with concrete strategies for planning for and executing a successful job search.

Register for Productive and Inspired Academic Seminars


ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos 

SU seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology.  Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce their new Walk-in IT Accessibility Help Desk hours. New this semester, the IT Accessibility Help Desk provides consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint, or Word documents to ensure accessibility, and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website. This new service is available Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ITS Service Center, in room 1-227 Center for Science and Technology. 

Accessibility training workshops available 

ITS is accepting registrations for three training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to, and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies. Creating Accessible Documents focuses on course materials and documents, Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility focuses on websites and online resources, and a new workshop called Video Captioning covers the basics of adding captions to video content. The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support Syracuse University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems, and communications across campus. 

The workshops will be presented by Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team at the dates, times, and locations shown below. Each session has space for 12 participants. Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis. Use the links below to register. 

About the workshops 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Creating Accessible Documents   


This three-hour workshop provides a fundamental overview of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on Windows or Mac computers. At successful completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain and demonstrate the importance of creating accessible documents
  • Understand basic concepts of creating accessible documents
  • Understand best practices for creating accessible Word and PDF documents
  • Remediate legacy Word and PDF documents to make them accessible
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker
  • Identify and correct common accessibility errors
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC’s accessibility checker 

All sessions are held Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. – noon as follows: 

Operating System     Day and Date                          Location          

Mac                         Wednesday, March 16              Huntington Hall, room 070A

Windows                  Wednesday, March 9               Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, April 13                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, May 25                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, June 22                Steele Hall, room 001   

Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility 


Designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains web content, this workshop will discuss relevant concepts and coach participants through evaluating their pages against the accessibility checkpoints. The workshop will cover basic techniques for evaluating web content, including: 

  • Accessibility resources and tools at SU
  • Applicable legislation and compliance
  • Automated accessibility checkers
  • Steps for manually checking web page accessibility
  • A brief introduction to screen readers
  • Design considerations
  • Captioning vendors and tools 

Workshop Dates (all take place Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – noon in Steele Hall 001)

February 24

March 30

May 11

June 8

Video Captioning 


The video captioning workshop is designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content and is offered in two parts. Part one covers the basics of captioning as well as considerations when purchasing captioning services from third party vendors. Part two is optional and designed for those who wish to know more about creating their own captions. 

Part One: Captioning basics and third party services

  • Audience considerations
  • Caption types and terminology
  • Cost and resource considerations for DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Vendor comparisons 

Part Two: DIY captioning

  • Hands-on experience with captioning tools
  • Caption file formats
  • Captioning rules and quality control
  • Costs and resources 

All video captioning workshops take place in Steele Hall 001 at these dates and times: 

Workshop Dates           Part 1 (Basics)           Part 2 (DIY)

Thursday, March 10       1:00 – 2:15 p.m.         2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15             9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon

Tuesday, May 24          9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Other topics 

If you are interested in learning about ensuring the accessibility of online and mobile applications, or other services and communications, please send an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu with a description of your interest and with any questions. Your input will guide the development of coming programs. 

For more information 

ITS offers a growing variety of resources to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community. Visit the Technology Accessibility web page and check out the Accessible Technology Toolkit. If you have any questions about workshops, or other accessibility and technology issues, please send them in an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu.


Hendricks Hosts Candlelight Yoga in the Dome 

Hendricks Chapel is hosting late-night candlelight yoga in the Carrier Dome on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11 p.m. (enter through Gate E). 

This one-hour guided yoga session is free and open to the public at all levels of experience, including beginners. 

Attendees should bring their own mats or towels and water.   

Refreshments will be served at midnight.  For more information contact Syeisha Byrd.




Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

College of Law to Host 15th Annual Diversity Law Day


**EXTENDED DEADLINE** Call for Proposals: Deaf-initely Ironic…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016 

April 1, 2016

Syracuse University

**EXTENDED DEADLINE** for Proposals:  February 22, 2016

Join us for our fourth annual “Cripping” the Comic Con, where “con” means conference and comics convention.  This year’s main themes are irony, humor, and Deaf cultural pride.  We wish to explore the ways in which irony and humor reflect and create understandings and interpretations of disability in popular culture.  

Each year, the symposium provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga. 

In No Respect (1989), an aptly titled foundational text underscoring the ways in which popular culture is oftentimes perceived as “low culture” and therefore undeserving of scholarly (and popular) attention, author Andrew Ross “…argues that the making of ‘taste’ is hardly an aesthetic activity, but rather an exercise in cultural power, policing and carefully redefining social relations between classes” (Routledge, 2015).  Irony frequently serves a parallel function in highlighting power dynamics and issues of marginalization.  There are many theories that seek to explain the meaning and purposes of humor.  

Rather than taking on only one of many philosophical approaches – the aggression and hostility hypothesis, the catharsis explanation, etc. – we are more interested in examining how humor and irony serve to critique, amplify, and disrupt popular cultural understandings of disability by and about People with Disabilities (PWDs) and our allies and friends.  Social critique via humor is famously present in myriad d/Deaf spaces.  Many d/Deaf individuals do not identify as PWDs, but as members of a cultural group and community, and/or as a linguistic minority.  Some d/Deaf people identify in numerous ways, simultaneously, or depending upon context. 

What do humor and irony imply and what emotional labor do they accomplish when considering daily quality of life perceptions, family dynamics, and so on?  How are these vital subjects portrayed in numerous facets of popular culture?  What new imaginings are possible? 

From comic strips to graphic novels to films to games that include and, in some cases, feature characters with disabilities, humor remains a vibrant and creative focus for establishing connections and imagining strategies in the lives of PWDs and allies.  In what ways do humor and irony counter, deepen, and complicate issues of stigma and isolation?  There are many ways to be Deaf, Blind, Autistic, etc., and diverse experiences need to be addressed by creators of comics, film, and other media.  What are some strategies that can be used to politicize the comics and film industries?  Aspects of these ideas and questions were articulated during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,” 

Anyone can participate in “Cripping” the Comic Con.  Although some of the language in this Call for Proposals is decidedly “academic,” and some of the folks who participate may self-identify as “academics,” this symposium is really for everyone, and we mean it.  All are welcomed; please feel free to submit your ideas for consideration.  We seek to promote a culture of inclusion. 

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).  These representations encourage audience members to come to an acceptance and understanding of the wide range of differences that exist among us. 

Submissions incorporating genres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly spaces are encouraged. These include but are not limited to the following: 

  • films, movies, videos, television shows (including reality TV, animated TV)
  • advertising, newspapers, magazines
  • comic cons, dragon cons, geek cons, movie cons, cosplay, cult fandom, the “geek syndrome”
  • games, gaming, toys, action figures comix, anime, motion comics
  • digital media and digital effects
  • visual arts, painting, photography, deviantART, alternative and alternate art forms
  • poetry, expressive arts, popular fiction, imagetext, fanfic, slash, alternative and alternate forms of literacies
  • material culture, multimedia, social media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • websites, blogs, memes, zines

One of our primary goals as symposium organizers is to create opportunities for all participants—particularly students and emerging scholars—to share their work. 

Another of our primary goals is to assure that all information associated with the symposium is accessible and equitable.  The symposium organizers and the proposal review committee strongly support the notion that “academics have a responsibility to make their work relevant for the society they exist within” (Jurgenson, 2012); this premise includes making Disability Studies relevant and accessible to members of disability communities (Ne’eman, 2012).  

Since representations in popular culture are generally created outside of academic environments, it is especially important for the general public and not just “academics” to engage in conversations about popular culture and disability.  Representations have the potential to affect everyone.  We all benefit from discussing and learning about disability and popular culture in ways that include and welcome everyone’s participation.  

This event is meant not only to address often unmet needs in scholarly spaces and beyond, but also to address these vital areas/concerns: 

  1. Popular culture studies and literature do not pay consistent or adequate attention to disability; when this attention is paid, it is often via “special issues” of journals, etc. 
  2. Further, “Popular culture is…the discursive terrain on which larger social issues are played out, often unobtrusively and masked as entertainment–and this is precisely why pop culture needs to be examined even more closely...” (Nayar, 2011, p. 172).  These issues include not only our understandings of diverse minds and bodies, but representations and intersections of identities, including but not limited to gender expression, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, size, age, veteran’s status, etc.
  3. Popular culture studies and literature continue to have a mixed reception within certain mainstream academic spaces.  Because popular culture is still sometimes not taken seriously within some of these spaces (even among some Disability Studies scholars and practitioners), its status remains, for some, “discounted” (at times, popular culture studies may even be perceived as “deviant”).  Consequently, this symposium’s organizers aim to:
    1. critique what is often described as “deviant”
    2. question and disrupt what “counts” as academic, mainstream, and normative
    3. The symposium will be consistent with values that underscore the disability rights movement: we seek to make collective investments in disability pride, identity, and cultures.  In “cripping” the status quo, we assert, purposefully, “Nothing about us without us.”  For more information on what we mean by “cripping,” please visit this page on the “Cripping” the Comic Con website: http://crippingthecon.com/more-on-what-cripping-means/.
    4. We will always welcome submissions based upon the variety of issues and strategies that were identified during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,” including but not limited to the following topics and questions:
  • The relationship between disability rights activism and fandom
  • Accessibility of cons and fan-related spaces
  • How to engage fandom communities further in the disability rights movement
  • Have there been opportunities for change in how fandom communities approach disability? If so, how?
  • What are the discourses that are produced when “reboots” happen with comic characters?
  • How might we all participate most fully at events during which disability is or is not prevalent, especially when the events involve and in some cases privilege popular culture?
  • How and in what ways might cosplay choices be perceived and harnessed as forms of activism, from a disability cultural standpoint?
  • How might we take advantage of “teachable moments” in the context of addressing the intersections of disability, fandom, and popular culture?
  • The transformative potential of art, and considering ways for “creating representations on our own terms”
  • Being aware of the ways in which gatekeepers to traditional media and large independent media may prohibit access to disenfranchised populations, including People with Disabilities

Submission Guidelines and Instructions 

Proposal types and formats may include, among others:

  1. Individual presentation
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Discussion/workshop/roundtable
  4. Performance/video/film/art entry
  5. Poster session

Please note that other forms of proposals are fully welcomed, and the above list is not exhaustive.  If you have something particular in mind, please explain the details and parameters of what you imagine, via your proposal submission(s). You are also welcomed and encouraged to submit more than one proposal.  

If your submission is a performance/video/film/art entry, you are responsible for securing permissions and rights for public viewing.  Videos and films should be open captioned and descriptions of any artwork or other images will be required.  Audio descriptions of videos and films may also be required, depending upon the nature and style of the videos/films being submitted. 


Each proposal must include:

  1. Name
  2. Affiliation (if applicable)
  3. Contact information (including email and phone/video phone)
  • If there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter (if these are two or more individuals, please indicate this information).
  1. Title of presentation/activity/etc. (15 words or less)
  2. Short description (50 words or less)
  3. Full description (1000 words or less)

How to submit your proposal(s) -- please choose one of the following options:

  1. Via our symposium website: http://crippingthecon.com/submissions
  2. Via Fax: 315-443-4338.  Please indicate CRIPCON SUBMISSION on Fax cover sheet.
  3. Via regular mail:

“Cripping” the Comic Con 2016 c/o SU Disability Cultural Center 805 S Crouse Ave, 105 Hoople Bldg. Syracuse, NY 13244-2280

Additional Information 

Information and content produced as a result of this symposium may be published, with participant and presenter consent, via Beneath the SURFACE (BtS), an open source digital repository on disability and popular culture.  BtS is available to the academic community as well as to the general public, and includes an array of resources regarding disability and popular culture.  

We will provide a designated time and area for “Open Space.”  Open Space is an opportunity for participants to create spontaneous and/or planned topical interactions with each other: a way for you to create your own symposium “sessions.”  There will also be vending and exhibition tables, art stations, and other opportunities for networking, gaming, etc. that will follow the thematic tracks of the symposium.  The particular tracks will be identified once all submissions have been reviewed by the proposal review committee. 

All confirmed participants (whether presenting or not) will receive information on:

  1. Completing registration
  2. Requesting accommodations
  3. Expressing dietary preferences (some but not all meals will be included with registration)

All participants will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging and travel.  

To keep informed, please visit us online! 

Website for “Cripping” the Comic Con:  http://crippingthecon.com 

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrippingTheCon 

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Twitter: @cripcon


Bérubé, M. (1997, May 30). The cultural representation of people with disabilities affects us all.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, B4-B5. 

Jurgenson, N. (2012, May 11). Making our ideas more accessible. Washington, DC: Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved September 19, 2012 from: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/05/11/scholars-must-make-their-work-more-available-and-accessible-essay.  

Nayar, P. K. (2011). Haunted knights in spandex: Self and othering in the superhero mythos. Mediterranean Journal of Humanities, 1/2, 171-183. 

Ne’eman, A. (2012, May 14). Making disability studies accessible.  Washington, DC: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Retrieved September 19, 2012 from http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/05/making-disability-studies-accessible/

Ross, A. (1989). No respect: Intellectuals and popular culture. New York and London: Routledge. 

Routledge. (2015). About the book: No respect. Retrieved December 4, 2015 from



You can be part of a story circle and find out!

Join us for an exciting, first-ever collaboration between the producers of Syracuse’s “Cripping” the Comic Con and Imagining America. 


Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, led by Associate Director Kevin Bott, will lead a group of 8-12 individuals through a storytelling and theater-making process, culminating in a performance on April 1 at the 2016 “Cripping” the Comic Con 

What is a Story Circle 

A Story Circle is, as the name suggests, a group of people sitting together in a circle, telling personal stories, led by a facilitator. Story Circles can be employed for many different purposes – to build community, to explore the contours of a topic, and even to help shape or assess a project. The process allows for collective reflection on ways in which the individual stories contribute to a larger "story of us." 

Story to Performance

After the Story Circle, Bott, who is trained as a community-based theater maker, will lead the group through a process that will transform the individual stories into an aesthetic experience to be shared publicly. How this process looks, what exactly we will do together, and what the performance ultimately becomes -- all of this is unknown and will only reveal itself when all of the participants have assembled and the work begins!

For more information and to sign up, please contact Disability Cultural Center Practicum Student, Kate George: Katherine.george@stonybrook.edu

If anyone requires accommodations during the rehearsals, they should indicate same in RSVP to Katherine (Kate) George.


Syracuse University Fit Families Program for children with Autism and their families 

Do you have a child aged 5-10 with Autism? Do you want to learn ways to promote physical activity for your entire family? Then this program is for you!

You and your child with Autism are invited to participate in a research study that will include five one-day workshops on inclusive recreation:

• Sensory Integration and Behavior Management

• Communication

• Motor development and physical activity

• Aquatic opportunities (learn how to swim)

• Sports 

The purpose of this research is to learn more about physical activity experiences for children with Autism and their families. We hope to identify common issues, understand what types of activities your family currently enjoys, and how we might increase your family’s physical activity experiences.

This research study consists of a pre-program interview protocol (2 hour and 15 minutes); parents and children completing questionnaires; measurements of physical activity; measurements of blood pressure; participate in a physical activity program (no more than five hours); and post-program interview and completion of parent and child questionnaires. 

During each of the education seminars, the participating families will receive FREE physical activity equipment (e.g., balls, cones, etc.) that they can later use during their spare time with their children with Autism and their entire family.

The first workshop will be held in April 2016 in the Women's Building at Syracuse University. Additional workshops will be held during the months of September, October, November, and December 2016.

This program is offered FREE but registration is required. For more information please contact Dr. Luis Columna at lcolumna@syr.edu or (315) 443-9699. The specific dates of the program will be provided to aid in your decision to participate. Space is limited, so please complete the online application at http://blogs.soe.syr.edu/fit-families


Registration is now open for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium 

Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement: Working Together to Achieve the Right to Live in the World

March 31 – April 1, 2016 at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear 2016 keynote speaker U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson and leading disability rights and civil rights advocates examine the status of diversity in the disability rights movement and explore ways to increase diversity so that all may achieve Dr. tenBroek's vision of equality of opportunity. Other speakers will include:

  • Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Rabia Belt, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Claudia Center, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
  • Matthew W. Dietz, President and Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
  • Jane Dunhamn, Director, National Black Disability Coalition
  • Regina Kline, Senior Counsel (Acting), Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
  • David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
  • Alison J. Lynch, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New York
  • Kathleen Martinez, Senior Vice President, Disability Market Segment & Strategy, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Marc Maurer, Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind
  • Alice Wong, Advisory Board Member, Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided. 
Registration fee: $175
Student registration fee: $25

For more information about the symposium, hotel accommodations, and symposium sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://nfb.org/law-symposium

You can register online by going to: https://nfb.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=60.  


State of the Science Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

May 4th, 2016 | ADA National Network






Call for Papers - Theme: Disability and Social Justice in Kenya 

We are soliciting paper proposals for a workshop on issues related to disability and social justice in Kenya, to be held in Nairobi in early June 2017. The workshop is intended to bring together scholars, policy-makers, and activists for a conversation on the situation of persons with disability, especially in light of the impact of the Persons with Disabilities Act (2003), the Constitution of Kenya (2010), and the Persons with Disabilities Bill (2015). We are interested in original unpublished research and innovative case studies on a variety of issues.

Proposals might address but are not restricted to the following topics:
•    social and economic inclusion/exclusion
•    mobility
•    access
•    implementation of the Disabilities Act
•    impact of social and cultural attitudes
•    empowerment of families of persons with disability
•    life within the family
•    disability and the media
•    mental disabilities
•    safety and disability
•    building codes and their implementation
•    environmental issues
•    alcoholism and drug use
•    disability studies in academia
•    access to education
•    language, representation and support structures
•    interaction with government representatives
•    basic rights
•    citizenship

Please send 250-words abstracts by April 1, 2016 to Kimani Njogu, Cecilia W. Kimani, Mbugua wa-Mungai, and Nina Berman at disabilitysocialjustice@gmail.com. We will notify applicants by May 1, 2016 regarding their acceptance.


Gallaudet Summer Internships 

Gallaudet Summer Internships for deaf or hard-of-hearing undergraduates: 



SUNY Cortland 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World

The Multicultural Life and Diversity Office and our Conference Committee would like to invite all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Syracuse University to our 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World. This academic conference will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 in Corey Union on the Cortland Campus. The purpose of this conference is to give students an academic conference experience that is directly connected to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as it intersects with their discipline. Faculty and staff are asked to mentor their students through the CFP and presentation processes. This conference is one of the ways that we, at the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, fulfill one of the missions of our office: to promote and explore all aspects of diversity, especially as it relates to each students discipline.

Registration is now open!!!

Please Click Here for Individual Registration 

Please Click Here for Group Registration 

Deadline to register is March 25, 2016.

Call for Papers/Presentations (CFP)

Please Click Here to see CFP 

The deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2016. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to jacquelynn.akins@cortland.edu 


Lurie Institute for Disability Policy recruiting Research Fellow

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy research.  

We invite applications from qualified candidates for two-year fellowships. Advanced training is available under the mentorship of the nationally-recognized faculty of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. This disability policy postdoctoral training program is part of the Heller School's intellectually vibrant community. Qualified candidates are invited to join a community that thrives on rigorous research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and supports the mission of knowledge advancing social justice. A range of exciting research opportunities is available to fellows, including investigations of the health and well-being of children and adults with disabilities and their caregiving families. 

The primary goal of this fellowship is to prepare scholars to conduct rigorous research that can be applied in today's complex policy environment. Training of post-doctoral fellows will include immediate engagement in an existing research program coupled with opportunities to develop skills in preparing grant proposals, managing research projects, developing scholarly articles and scientific presentations and disseminating findings to advocates and policy makers. Fellows will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent research programs.  

Applicants must have received their doctoral degrees within the past three years and must have advanced statistical training. Applicants with earned doctorates in disability studies, economics, public health, public policy, social work, and sociology are particularly encouraged. Competitive stipends are available, based on experience. In addition, fellows are eligible to enroll in Brandeis University's health and dental insurance programs. The position also includes a travel fund to support the presentation of the fellow's scholarship at scientific conferences. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, two letters of reference, a writing sample, and a 1-page statement of research interests. Review of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, please submit your completed application prior to March 15, 2016. Appointment dates are flexible. 

Click here for more information.

Michelle Techler mtechler@brandeis.edu

Visit the Lurie Institute online: http://lurie.brandeis.edu/



Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception

Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Perspectives Poster Reception

April 13, 2016 at the Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus

Poster Submissions are Due no later than March 15, 2016

The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in the science, art, culture, politics and realities of disability.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation funds a reception and awards for graduate research, undergraduate research, art & performance, community service and class projects. Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on independent or supervised student projects including research, art, performance, class projects or community service. Click here for full details.

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture and Student Poster Competition are free and open to the public.  Held annually at The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference it is made possible through the generosity of ELA Foundation and its founder Margaret Stanton.  The Lecture honors Ms. Stanton's grandmother, Ethel Louise Armstrong, who exemplified self-determination and resistance in the face of socially imposed constraints. As a young woman with a physical disability growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Margaret was inspired by her grandmother's insistence on excelling in postsecondary education despite social conventions during her time that denied women, particularly those with disabilities, opportunities for school and work. Ms. Staton, a lifelong advocate worked in Washington DC promoting accessibility after earning her M.Ed.  In 1994 she founded the ELA Foundation to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the world.

The 2016 Multiple Perspectives Conference will be April 13th and 14th and will include:

AUTISTEXT: The 2016 Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture presented by Melanie Yergeau, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.  

When autistic people disclose being autistic, we are often met with intrusive questions and hostile responses: Who diagnosed you? When were you toilet-trained? Well, you don't look autistic to me.

INCLUSIVE CITIES: The 2016 Ken Campbell Lecture presented by Victor Santiago Pineda, President of World ENABLED, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and Adjunct Professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley. Victor’s presentation is based on his international research, travels and upcoming book “Inclusive Cities: Governance and the Transformation of Disability Rights”. 

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal: presented by Dr. Joel Snyder, Founder of Audio Description Associates, LLC  Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project.  This full day preconference workshop for web designers, instructional designers, arts managers, curators, educators, accessibility professionals and experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher session. An overview of Audio Description as tool to make visual information by translation of images to words —the visual is made verbal— to provide access to the wide range of  instructional and entertainment media, arts (graphics, video, paintings, television, images, performing arts, museums…) in both the virtual and brick and mortar worlds. Topics Include:  The workshop will involve approximately 30% lecture, 20% video-slides presentation, and 50% participation (practica in the creation of audio description).

Our concurrent sessions include presenters from across the country, Japan, Canada, Australia and the UK this year here is a sample of their topics:

  • The Intersection Of Race And Disability: How Institutions of Higher Education Must Embrace Simultaneity in Student Life
  • Potty Privileges: Applying Universal Design Concepts to develop an Inclusive Restroom Design
  • Reaching and Supporting Student Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education
  • Designing the Arts and Autism Institute
  • Around the World in 80 Plans: Work/Study Abroad from Disability Perspectives
  • Ohio’s Statewide Consortia: THINK COLLEGE Updates on Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Beyond Point A to B - Transportation Access  
  • Update from the Departments of Education’s Office For Civil Rights.

Registration opens soon This year’s conference and preconference fees have been lowered due to generous support from Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund, The Office of Distance and Electronic Education, The Student Disability Services Office, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and VSA Ohio.  These subsidies have lowered our full conference fee of $675 to:

    Non-OSU Attendee

        1 Day =   $60

        2 Days = $120

    Government Employees within the State of Ohio

        1 Day =  $45

        2 Days = $90

    OH AHEAD Members

        1 Day =  $45

        2 Days = $90

    OSU Faculty & Staff

        1 day =  $30

        2 Days = $60

    OSU Student attending sessions & lunch

        1 Day =   $ 5

        2 Days = $10

    OSU Student attending sessions only = Free



Scholarships available for the Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer limited scholarships to participate in the Transnational NGO Leadership Institute to some selected, eligible candidates after successful application. You can find more information on eligibility criteria and scholarships here

June 12 - June 17
Syracuse, New York, USA

The Transnational NGO Leadership Institute welcomes global NGO professionals to a five-day, intensive and interdisciplinary program to gain skills to make their next leadership “leap”.  The Institute is hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, America’s highest ranked graduate school of public affairs (US News and World Report, 2013). Maxwell has been hosting executive leadership programming for public and nonprofit/NGO leaders across different sectors and regions since 1964. The Leadership Institute makes excellent use of Syracuse University’s expertise in promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in cross-sectoral initiatives as one of the leading disability research universities in the United States.

Program participants

Global leaders at the second tier of responsibility focused on obtaining top transnational NGO leadership positions

What are the leadership “leaps”?

  • Leading in a Complex Context: The impact of your individual leadership styles; Strategic leadership behavior choices that increase your effectiveness; Leadership vs. management; The broader landscape of actors and issues; Your personal preparation for making the next leadership “leap”
  • Leading and Managing Organizational Change: Leading dramatic useful change, and managing organizational change processes; Organizational design; Leading boards; Organizational culture change
  • Collaboration and Crisis: The leader as communicator, team facilitator and team coach; Collaborative leadership skills; Leadership in crisis situations; Leadership and stress
  • Politics, Power Relationships, Negotiation and Persuasion: Leadership from a political frame; Compromise versus collaboration
  • Strategic Decision-Making and Performance Management: Emergent versus planned strategies; Resource planning, allocation and management

Program takeaways

  • Understand the effect of your individual leadership style and receive customized insight
  • Expand and test specific leadership competencies
  • Integrate your learning through experiential, hands-on exercises, assignments and simulations 
  • Engage with peers examining similar leadership challenges and expand your global network
  • Reap actionable benefits in terms of your leadership and organizational challenges

For more information on the program content, costs and application process:


Program contact: Shreeya Neupane  leadershipinstitute@maxwell.syr.edu



Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY, Binghamton

Fellowship in Women's and Gender History
Journal of Women's History

Applications are due by March 1, 2016

The Journal of Women's History and Binghamton University are pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship in Women's and Gender History for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please see the announcement below for information on the position and how to apply.

The Journal of Women's History and the Binghamton University History Department welcome applications for its postdoctoral fellowship exploring the intersections of gender and global history, beginning in the fall of 2016. During the one-year in-residence appointment, the successful applicant will teach one course per semester and offer a university-wide public lecture, with the remaining time devoted to scholarly research and writing. After satisfying peer review requirements, the revised talk will be published in the Journal. The stipend is $45,000, plus benefits. 
The search committee encourages candidates whose research explores the embodied histories of the global past, considering women as historical subjects as well as gender and sexuality as historical systems. We are especially interested in scholars whose spatial framework transcends national borders to focus on the movement of gendered bodies in transnational arenas, whether through migration, trafficking, travel, imperial politics, slavery, or other processes of exchange.

Candidates must complete all requirements for the PhD by July 1, 2016, or have received the PhD no earlier than the fall semester of 2012.

More on the application process: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=52509

More on the Journal of Women's History: http://journalofwomenshistory.org/



AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts 

Gendering Time: Feminist Considerations of Temporality  

Panel organizers: Elise Andaya (University at Albany, State University of NY) and Rachel Fleming (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This panel seeks to place gender squarely in the anthropological analysis of time. Studies of time and temporality have been addressed through different theoretical trajectories in the discipline, from Clifford Geertz on ritual time, to Marxist analyses of labor, to ontological studies of time. In particular, feminist anthropologists have made important contributions to our understanding of time and gendered labor, particularly in the (neoliberal) workplace. In recent years, however, research on time and gender has largely moved to other disciplines, especially those concerned with questions of work/life balance. We seek to broaden existing anthropological inquiry to ask: how is time gendered? What does a feminist anthropological lens bring to the study of time? We invite papers that combine theory and ethnography to think critically about different scales and regimes of time, such as daily routines, bureaucratic time, lifecourse time, historical time, and other, perhaps conflicting temporalities. What are gendered experiences of different forms of time? How does gender, broadly considered, structure the ontology of time? How might time and conflicts around forms of time be constitutive of gendered subjects? How are masculinities and femininities produced through experiences of time? 

Please send paper abstracts to Elise Andaya (eandaya@albany.edu) or Rachel Fleming (rachel.fleming@colorado.edu) by March 20, 2016.



Call for Participation – Imagining America: At the Crossroads 

16th Annual National Imagining America Conference

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 6 – 8, 2016

Pre-conference, October 5 

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

cross·roads (ˈkrôsˌrōdz/) n. 1. A point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences: We are at a crossroads where we must choose between more talk and plain old hard work.

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.​

Imagining America’s annual conference is a space where members of the national consortium and their partners come together to learn from one another about how the bold power of the arts, humanities, and design is being leveraged around the country to expand understanding of, and confront, the most pressing challenges of our time. Significantly, most conference conversations and activities are grounded in actual partnerships and work. Most conference sessions are hosted by local leaders and take place at sites within the host city where people are engaged in robust cultural organizing and transformative action. 

The energizing metaphor of the 2016 conference is “the crossroads,” the point where crucial decisions must be made, ones that will have far-reaching consequences. Whether with regard to racial and economic justice, public education, climate change, democratic society, or even, in this year of organizational transition, the IA consortium itself, we invite prospective presenters to situate their proposals at this metaphorical crossroads. We seek creative and incisive proposals that will help advance our collective understanding of the challenges we face, the (real or imagined) paths before us, and the implications inherent to our choices and actions. 

This year, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we place our conference sessions themselves at the crossroads - integrating our community and campus-based, local, regional and national expertise into workshops that engage active, local initiatives. We seek to infuse these local initiatives with historical, methodological, evaluative, and pedagogical expertise; to integrate that knowledge on the ground; and to culminate with communal action organic to that initiative. Milwaukee is uniquely positioned to host such conversations given the widespread and deep community/university collaborations -- from the arts to social work and criminal justice, humanities to freshwater sciences and public health. These initiatives have fueled and shaped direct responses to Milwaukee’s now infamous statistics: the most segregated city in the country, the highest black male incarceration percentages, staggering poverty & unemployment and the nation’s highest educational achievement gap. Amidst these horrible statistics, there is hope, energy, and steps toward change through partnership. 

While all topics resonant with IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals will be considered, the following thematic areas are of primary interest to the local Milwaukee stakeholders and to the national Imagining America leadership:

  • Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice (separately or in relationship)
  • Mass Incarceration/Criminalization/Policing
  • Public Education (K thru Post-doc)
  • Urban/Rural Development and Revitalization
  • Higher education policy change / culture change
  • Health and Wellness (broadly considered) 

Where possible, proposals should address one or more of following:

  • The historical and theoretical developments informing the work.
  • The methods and methodologies employed within the work.
  • How the specific approaches do or might lead to sustainable change.
  • How this work does or might impact or shape policy.
  • The ways in which the work crosses or acknowledges generational, gendered, racial, class-based, and other identity differences.
  • The unique environment/landscape in which the work occurs.


Syracuse University LOGIN 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 learn from the experiences of computer/Internet users who have cognitive disabilities. 

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 difficulties in using current login systems. The researchers will visit their homes or other environments (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 observe how participants use computers and the Internet, and log into various services, attempting to uncover any difficulties that the participants experience. The researchers will also ask the participants to fill out two surveys and conduct an interview to better understand their needs. 

Participants who complete the study will receive between $5 and $30. Compensation will be pro-rated in a way that recognizes time and effort put in prior to withdrawal: withdrawal prior to pre-test survey ($5); pre-test survey ($5); being observed for computer usage and logging into websites ($10); interview ($10); and post-test survey ($5).

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 Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

Native intersections: How structures of socioeconomic status and disability enable agentive identity processes

Call for Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

Have you ever wanted to write/otherwise document a memoir or have you started one and have yet to finish it? This research conducted by a person with disabilities from Syracuse University investigates disability, socioeconomic status, and how you shaped your identity by generating portions of memoir and through interviews.

Aside from collaborating to create this research text, you will get assistance/compensation:

  • Organizing and expressing your experiences
  • Documenting and revising your work
  • Making creative and purposeful authorial decisions
  • Deciding whether or not to claim your authorship in the manuscript should this work be published and a share of any profit this research generates, if any.
  • Continued support, feedback, and advisement for additional writing of your memoir for 6 months after the completion of the research project.

Participation requires a fairly significant time commitment of 20-40 hours of interviewing and documentation, though you will have a great deal of flexibility about when and where we collaborate. Participation is limited to people ages 18 years or older. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a preliminary interview to discuss participation please contact: Steve Singer at sjsinger@syr.edu (preferred) or (315)350-3803


Newhouse Student Narrative Project: People with disabilities 

Newhouse student would like to hear your stories for her Disability Studies Narrative Project.

If you’re interested, please email Jingyu ‘Viola’ Wan at jwan100@syr.edu

Starting date is Spring 2016.



Our names are Cate, Devon, and Kaylah. We are Syracuse University graduate students studying Postsecondary Education. One of our courses this semester is designed to help us understand different student populations and their experiences here at SU. We chose to learn more about Students with Disabilities and will be conducting interviews in order to develop a presentation for our class. 

If you identify as having a disability, are currently an undergraduate or graduate student, and would be interested in meeting with us to share your experiences, we would love to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email Kaylah at kawicks@syr.edu with:

  • Your Name
  • Year and Program of Study
  • General Availability
  • Your preference between group or individual interviewing.

If you feel comfortable, please also include what disability you identify as having. 

At the beginning of the interview session, we will have consent forms to be signed by participants stating that all interviews are confidential and that all names will be removed when the data is reported. The consent form includes agreeing to have the interview session taped. All tapes and transcripts of information gained during the interviews will be destroyed at the end of the semester. We will be using the data/information collected during the interviews to develop a presentation for our class to educate our peers on the experiences of students with disabilities on SU's campus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kaylah with any questions you may have about the interview process. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cate, Devon, and Kaylah

Call for Study Participants

Nardos Bellete, a psychology intern at the Syracuse VA Medical Center pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology, is conducting a study about well-being in sexual minority females of color. If you are 18 years or older, identify as a sexual minority (lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, etc.), and as a female of color, you are invited to participate in this study.

If you’re interested, please complete the online survey. All participants will be eligible to enter a raffle for a $30 gift card.

This study has been approved for data collection by Pepperdine University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

If you have any questions, please email Nardos Bellete.



Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights 

American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights

Call for Nominations -- 2016 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights

Do you know an outstanding advocate for persons with disabilities who has achieved professional excellence in his or her field? The ABA Commission on Disability Rights is seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. This award will be presented at a reception during the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Monday, August 08, 2016 at the Moscone Center West.
Submit your nomination
The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is the close of business on Monday, April 25, 2016.
If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate them again for 2016, please (1) submit the nomination form and (2) contact Michael Stratton at 202-662-1571 or Michael.Stratton@americanbar.org.
For more information, please click on the links below: About the Award Nomination Form View the list of distinguished award recipients
If you have further questions, please contact Michael Stratton at 202-662-1571 or via email at Michael.Stratton@americanbar.org.




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National Disability Abuse Survey 

for Neglected and Abused Individuals with Disabilities

A Nation-wide Survey

Hi!  Have you or your friend or child with a disability also been neglected or abused?  Then join together with the angry and troubled Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado (PAD-CO) , and folks from all over the United States, and anonymously tell the world your story, and about how investigations are or are not conducted, and the results of those investigations. 

This survey is about two sides of the justice system impacting people with disabilities.  One is in cases where a person has been abused or neglected and the family or caregiver is seeking justice for the abused or neglected person.  The other is for cases where people with disabilities have been abused while in the justice system itself.  You can answer for either or both situations. 

The results of the survey and the information gathered will be professionally published in various formats, including online, and will be used to inform local, state and national policymakers, officials in the justice systems, legislators, disability communities and others who can influence and make indicated needed changes.   Look for the results in the future at the PAD-CO Web Site 

Please take this short survey at: 


Thank you, 

Denver C. Fox, Ed.D.

Parent of an abused child whose perpetrator was not prosecuted

Moderator, Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado (PAD-CO)




VoteDisability, survey and video 

Survey for youth with disabilities, ages 18-28! 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vvr8E-OzK8


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DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: January 17-February 13, 2016

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

Sponsored by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Click here for the Weekly Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of January 17-February 13, 2016



Disability.gov Update

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