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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.



A PLACE AT THE TABLE is on April 15!

SIGN UP FOR ORANGEABILITY 2016 on Saturday April 16, 2016!!

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: April 18 event CANCELLED


This Week at the Humanities Center

SU and ESF give back to its neighborhood for Earth Day

What Search Committees Are Really Looking for in the Social Sciences

He, She, Zie, They: Shattering Gender Binariess

CFE Defense - Lauren Shallish, May 4, 2016 

Senior Workshops

CSI Brown Bag on Tuesday, April 19th: Working With LGBTQ/Queer Youth

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents

From La Casita Cultural Center

“Moves to mend”

From the LGBT Resource Center

CFAC's Annual Jazz and Wine

New Accessibility Training and Consulting Now Available from ITS

Maymester and Summer 2016 Courses offered

Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine


Falk Graduate Students Host Golf Tournament to Benefit Vera House May 9th


Volume 12 Issue 1 of RDS is Now Live!

Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training

Live Webinar: Preparing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder for college and success

Forum for Inclusive Technology in Higher Education for Learners with Disabilities & Faculty

2016 USC UCEDD Webinar Series: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

Disability Studies Programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

28th Annual Developmental Disabilities Day Workshop and Conference

Youth with Disabilities Survey

Seeking international disabled students for #Access2USA campaign

Three disability-related scholarships from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

CFP: Inaugural BGSA Celebration of Scholarship Conference

Gender Research Seminar - 17/18 May 2016 in Ghent - Moralities and the Intimate Life 

The Kenneth W. Payne Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic

Teaching Media Quarterly: “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements” now online

Survey: Proposed Minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice

Apply for Fulbright Programs 2017-18 to the Middle East and North Africa


Latest blog entry from Kate Pollack, DCC Graduate Assistant

Joshua Bennett Performs at the White House Poetry Jam

Disability and Proleptic Imagination | Planet of the Blind

Meet Julia. We think you'll like her story.

Please Sponsor me in the ADAPT Fun Run to support disability rights activism

Accessible Media Inc.

The Times on Disability Culture

Guide to Accessible Publishing Now Available!

Poem by Benjamin Giroux (age 10): "I Am"

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement

OCL Annual Meeting June 8 - Save the Date

Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood


A PLACE AT THE TABLE is on April 15!

Join us for Community, Food, Access

Co-facilitated by Melda Rodriguez (Brainfeeders) and Christy Kalebic (Disability Student Union)

Date: Friday, April 15th 

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Location: Hoople 106

Inclusive (gluten-free and Kosher) food and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.  For any questions re: accommodations, please contact sudcc@syr.edu by 4/8/16. 

Sponsors: Disability Cultural Center, Disability Student Union, Brainfeeders, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Food Studies Program, and Lisa Thomas in Health Services 

This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

A Place at the Table

Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table. 



SIGN UP FOR ORANGEABILITY 2016 on Saturday April 16, 2016!!


When: Saturday, April 16 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Women’s Building on the Syracuse University Campus 

OrangeAbility is an accessible, adaptive, and inclusive sports exposition held on the Syracuse University campus.  On Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Syracuse University Women's Building, you will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in wheelchair basketball, power soccer, sled hockey, and more!

If you would like to come to this event please follow this link to sign-up: http://orangeability.syr.edu/ by clicking the underlined "Sign Up" icon in the middle of the page.  You can sign up as a team or as an individual.  If you work or volunteer for an organization that would like to table at OrangeAbility 2016, please sign up by using the same form.

 **American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.**

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. regarding this event, please email orangeability@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing at the event!



Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: April 18 event CANCELLED

Monday, 4/18/16, 6 to 8 p.m., Watson Theater. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, due to unforeseen circumstances, and WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL the FALL of 2016




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

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series

Stress and Wellness: What is “Mental Health”?

Wednesday, 4/27/16

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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 by 4/20/16 by contacting cpreunin@syr.edu.

Last of the Lectures Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program

(Co-sponsored by the DCC, among many others!)

Questions? Email Prof. Arlene Kanter: Kantera@law.syr.edu or Chris Ramsdell: ceramsde@law.syr.edu

April 18: Sue Swenson, Deputy Asst. Sec'y, Special Education, US Dept of Ed, 

4-5:30pm. Collaboratory, Dineen Hall, College of Law.

"Making progress toward inclusion in education."

Her bio:http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/swenson-bio.html

Professional photographs of “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016

Professional photographs (by SU Imaging) of the DCC's 2016 "Cripping" the Comic Con and late night screening of Inside Out (film event hosted by Orange After Dark). Those images selected to be shared via DCC social media will have accompanying image descriptions.   




This Week at the Humanities Center 

Thursday, April 14
Saya Woolfalk: Chimeras, Empaths, and Utopias”

6:30-8:30 p.m.,Everson Museum of Art, Hosmer Auditorium (401 Harrison Street, Syracuse)
Urban Video Project, with support from the VPA’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, hosts an evening with multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk, Light Work’s 2015 artist in residence. Woolfalk’s fictional utopian universe blends science fiction, fantasy and cultural anthropology, imagining plant-human hybrids and their society.

Friday, April 15
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: “Jumpstart Your Summer Research and Gain an Edge for Pursuing Fellowships and Funding

Humanities fellowship advisor Alan Rutenberg (University of Tennessee) conducts several faculty workshops and a limited number of individual consultations during his visit to SU May 4 - 6.  Those who desire a one-on-one evaluation of a developing (or formerly rejected) proposal should book an appointment ASAP and submit preliminary details to humcenter@syr.edu by Friday. [See attachments for details on the open workshops and private consultations.]

Wednesday, April 20
Humanities Center Book-Signing Reception

4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center
Save the date and look for more info next week!

…and this week at the CNY Humanities Corridor

Thursday, April 14

The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning

6:00-7:30 p.m., 201 Slocum

Lecture on post-socialist aesthetics and architecture in China by Robin Visser (UNC Chapel Hill) * 

Friday, April 15

Taking Sides: Music, Research, and Activism in India” Mini-Seminar (341 Eggers Hall) and Film Screening (060 Eggers Collaboratory)

9:00 a.m.- 3:00p.m.

Mini-seminar features Dr. Zoe Sherinian (University of Oklahoma) and Carol Babiracki in a dialogue about field research in marginal music communities in India and activist ethnomusicology, followed by a screening of Sherinian's new film Sakthi Vibrations. *

Sunday, April 17

Taking Tiger Mountain Workshop

9:30a.m.-3:30 p.m., Spencer House Great Room, Hamilton College

A screening of Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), a remake of the 1970 Cultural Revolution model play film Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy **

* Co-sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor

** Sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor



SU and ESF give back to its neighborhood for Earth Day 

The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, within the Division of Student Affairs, hosts its annual Earth Day Community-Wide Clean-up on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00-1:00 p.m. Each year, more than 100 SU and ESF students, faculty, staff and Syracuse-area residents gather to pick up litter in the University neighborhood. Volunteers are needed and can sign up at http://earthday.syr.edu

Participants will meet at the Westcott Community Center at 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, and to receive materials and assignments before they head out to clean the neighborhood with community partners, the South East University Neighborhood Association (SEUNA).

“This is a long-standing partnership between the University and surrounding community,” said Kerry Heckman, Assistant Director for Off-Campus and Commuter Services.  “It is a great opportunity for students to give back to the neighborhood in which they live, and strengthen the bonds with their neighbors.”

For the last several years, Earth Day has also served as the capstone on SU’s Adopt-A-Street program. To date, this year’s program included 352 students from 19 student organizations participating over 350 hours of service and filling almost 100 bags of trash in the University neighborhood.

“SEUNA looks forward to Earth Day each year; not only for getting the area picked up, but for the chance to work alongside students,” said Harry Lewis, treasurer of SEUNA. “We are very grateful for the block cleanups that take place throughout the year, and are lucky to be able to live among the students, as they give a vibrancy to an area that has been voted one of the 10 best areas to live in the U.S.”

For more information, please contact the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services at 443-5489 or offcampus@syr.edu.



What Search Committees Are Really Looking for in the Social Sciences

Child & Family Studies Future Professoriate Program presents …

What Search Committees Are Really Looking for in the Social Sciences

Friday, April 15

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Falk Complex 101

The Department of Child & Family Studies, Falk College, will be hosting a panel discussion featuring distinguished faculty members from four distinct branches of the social sciences. The panelists will address questions such as: What helps a candidate to stand out? What are some of the top faux pas in the search process? What should non-traditional candidates be aware of?

The panelists:

Dr. Kristi Andersen, Political Science

Dr. Robert Bifulco, Public Administration and International Affairs

Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine, Child & Family Studies

Dr. Herbert Ruffin, African American Studies

Lunch will be provided. Please contact rklinsne@syr.edu with any questions.

Click here to register by Wednesday, April 13.



He, She, Zie, They: Shattering Gender Binaries

Thursday, April 21, 2-3 p.m.
056 Huntington Hall
All students, faculty, and staff welcome

Presented and Facilitated by the School of Education Diversity Commitee

An SOE LEARNS session for faculty, staff and students designed to help make our community more inclusive. Growing awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender diversity requires that we become better informed about these topics:

  • What kinds of oppressions and micro-aggressions do gender non-conforming individuals experience?
  • What words or expressions are sensitive, and which are hurtful?
  • How do we disrupt the limitations of the gender binary system in our classrooms and learning communities?
  • How can we work together to do this as a community?

To access some (brief) resources that will be discussed:

  • Log in to http://blackboard.syr.edu
  • Click “Organizations” at the top, and then search for “SOE Diversity”
  • Next to the SOE Diversity search result, click the round arrow and select “Enroll”
  • Enter access code “Diversity” and press “Submit.” Then press “Okay” on the next screen
  • Links are listed under “Content”


CFE Defense - Lauren Shallish, May 4, 2016 

Lauren Shallish --- CFE – HED defense! 

May 4, 2016  (Wed)

10:00am – 12:00 noon

364 HH, TGR 

Title:  Is disability a diversity Issue?:  Diversity workers and the construction of disability in higher education

Dr. Cathy Engstrom, PhD Dissertation advisor



Senior Workshops

Graduating is right around the corner! Use this time to build and polish your job hunting skills. All workshops held in Hall of Languages 202 at 4 PM.

April 18th: Effective Interviewing.

April 25th: Conducting a Job Search.

For more information, please email Tracy Tillapaugh.



CSI Brown Bag on Tuesday, April 19th: Working With LGBTQ/Queer Youth

Thank you to all who attended our first Brown Bag Lecture last Tuesday (and to everyone who helped make this happen, especially our speaker Zesty Gabriel)! 

Chi Sigma Iota's next Brown Bag will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:45-7:15 PM in the CHS classroom in the basement floor of Hoople. Pizza will be provided.

Our speaker will be Dr. Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD, Graduate Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. Dr. Stone Fish has 30 years of experience as an instructor, advisor, supervisor and researcher and is a practicing therapist for couples and families. She is the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change with Mary Jo Barrett and of Nurturing Queer Youth: Family Therapy Transformed with Rebecca Harvey, and she has authored numerous research and theoretical articles in the family therapy field. 

Dr. Stone Fish will be providing a lecture on counseling with Queer youth and their families. Changing trends in popular belief about same-sex relationships have undergone noteworthy change in the United States over the last decade. For queer youth and their families this has meant a whole new series of risks and vulnerabilities as they attempt to develop in multiple contexts marked by stark polarizations in attitude and belief. At the same time youth are increasingly open and playful with fluid gender and sexual identities which are even further complicated by intersections of class, race, religion and immigration. Effective psychotherapy with queer youth requires treatment models that are sensitive to the needs of those who bear the burden of multiple oppressions and aware of the hidden resilience embedded in their layered identities. Dr. Linda Stone Fish will present a model of family therapy which attempts to create refuge, support difficult dialogues and nurture queerness by looking for hidden resilience in the unique intersections of queer youths’ lives.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:45PM. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email the Communication chair at chisigmaiotasyracuse@gmail.com.



Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents: 

The annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration officially began on Thursday, March 31, in the Schine Student Center Atrium. 

The month also includes workshops, a documentary film screening, and performances. #SU_AAPIMonth

The full calendar will be available on the Office of Multicultural Affairs website and hard copies are available in OMA (105 Schine). 

For questions, contact Huey Hsiao

Breaking the Silence: Deconstructing the Stigma of Mental Health in the AAPI Community

April 14   | 6-8 p.m.

Hall of Languages, Rm. 500

AAPI families are reluctant to seek mental health care because cultural norms stigmatize the topic as taboo. This workshop serves to help students foster a space of self-care, deconstruct the stigma of mental health and create a positive dialogue about fostering change in their community. Guest speaker: DJ Ida, executive director, National AAPI Mental Health Association. Sponsored by Lambda Phi Epsilon.

For more information contact Hugh Yang athyang30@syr.edu

Black Artist League & Verbal Blend:  Final Word

April 14

Schine Student Center, Jabberwocky Café

For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton atctbolton@syr.edu

Heart to Heart Discussion: Food & Identity

April 15   |    12-2 p.m.

LSB, Rm. 011

Heart to Heart—facilitated by Claudia Chen ’16—is a discussion series that focuses on the AAPI experience. Come with an open mind and heart to listen and learn from students, faculty and staff.

For more information contact Huey Hsiao athuhsiao@syr.edu

From La Casita Cultural Center


is a new campaign in support of La Casita's Bilingual Library throughout the month of April.

La Casita will be hosting special events beginning with the release of two new publications and a dance performance, all part of this month-long campaign.


La Casita's Bilingual Library serves nearly 60 children in its weekly dual language literacy programs. Children's books are always in demand! You can make an easy and affordable donation through our online wish list. Just CLICK HERE.


Looking for an academic internship or volunteer opportunity? La Casita has openings! Opportunities in education, social sciences, non-profit management, museum studies, library sciences, event planning, public relations, advertising, marketing, graphic design, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and more.  

For more information visit our website: lacasita.syr.edu

Tel: 315-443-2151 / Email: lacasita@syr.edu



“Moves to mend”

Dance Dimension Institute in collaboration with The Student Buddhist Association present:


What: This workshop will explore how some indigenous movement wisdom may creatively guide us in nurturing spiritual activism that helps us better connect to ourselves, each other, and the earth.

When: In honor of Earth Week, Tuesday April 19 @ 5pm

Where: Noble Room in Hendricks Chapel*

Who: Facilitated by Dr. T. MacPherson and Ionah

*Please wear appropriate clothing for movement. A culminating event will follow outdoors if the weather permits. Please RSVP with EARTH in message title via e-mail: dancedimensioninstitute@gmail.com

Tehmekah MacPherson is a teacher in the Dance Dept. and has a nonprofit that offers wellness through dance to the community, including the campus community.  A big component of what they do is meditation: she calls it "movement meditation," which takes inspiration from tai chi, chi gong, Afro-derived movement and dance, etc.  She and her institute are partnering with the Student Buddhist Association--she wants you to know about an upcoming dance workshop offering to our community...see the attached flyer and please note that she asks you to rsvp if you plan to attend.

The website for her org is http://www.dancedimensioninstitute.org if you want to check it out further.  



From the LGBT Resource Center:

***Free tickets are now available for the LGBT Resource Center’s 14th Annual Rainbow Banquet.

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

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

Get your ticket at the Schine Box Office before they’re gone!

***Complete the Graduating Student Survey!

If you are graduating in 2016, please complete the graduating student survey! This will allow you to have your name printed in the program, to be recognized onstage, to receive a rainbow cord, to sign up to be in the grad video, and/or to sign up to be this year’s student keynote speaker.

***Register for QSX 111: Queer Histories, Communities, Politics

Monday and Wednesday, 2:15 – 3:35 PM
Dr. Robin Riley

What does it mean to be LGBT in an age of gay marriage? Is anyone still having sex? What would #BlackLivesMatter transgender activists have to say to Caitlyn Jenner? Will thinking about a shared history help us? Can we imagine a future? If these questions are interesting to you, consider registering for QSX 111 today! 

Reel Queer Film Festival

April 15 – 17. Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Hall, Syracuse University.

Friday, April 15th: Sins Invalid @ 7 PM, kickoff reception @ 8 PM, Kumu Hina @ 8:40 PM.

Saturday, April 16th: Out In The Night @ 3 PM, Lunch @ 4:30 PM, In The Turn @ 6 PM.

Sunday, April 17th: While You Weren’t Looking @ 1 PM, Naz and Maalik @ 3 PM, closing reception @ 5 PM.

For more information, check out the Reel Queer Film Festival website.

***Clothing donations will be appreciated for any season, occasion, age, and gender. Please donate any type of clothing, including shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, belts, swimwear, purses, shoes, binders, undergarments, stockings, hair accessories, and jewelry. Donations will be accepted until April 26th.

Please email Laurie Field for more information.

***Transgender clothing drive. April 29th, 11 AM – 4 PM. 601 East Genesee Street, room 111. Safe area to pick out clothes; private fitting rooms with mirrors. For more information, please email Laurie Field.  

***Central New York Pride presents the Queer Queens of Comedy: Emma Willmann, Poppy Champlin, and Karen Williams. Wednesday, June 8th at 7 PM. Syracuse University Funny Bone at Destiny USA. General admission $25, VIP $40.
For more information, check out Funny Bone's website.


CFAC's Annual Jazz and Wine 

Community Folk Art Center presents:

Jazz and wine

Grammy Award-Winning Ben Williams

April 22, 2016


805 E. Genesee Street | 315.442.2230 | cfac@syr.edu | Website


New Accessibility Training and Consulting Now Available from ITS

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, or by emailing accessibleIT@syr.edu.

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          

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)

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)

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.

ITS Accessibility Team

1-205 Center for Science & Technology

t 315.443.2677 e accessibleIT@syr.edu 



Maymester and Summer 2016 Courses offered

Deafness and Disability

DSP/600, class# 71522  M803

Summer Session II: July 5 – August 12, 2015

-online class-

Instructors: Steve J. Singer Ed.M C.A.S Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Cultural Foundations of Education/Disabilities Studies                                                          

Katherine Vroman, MS Education,  PhD candidate Cultural Foundations of Education / Disability Studies

Course Description:

Deafhood is not “a 'static' medical condition like 'deafness.' Instead, it represents a process - the struggle by each Deaf child, Deaf family and Deaf adult to explain to themselves and each other their own existence in the world. In sharing their lives with each other as a community, and enacting those explanations rather than writing books about them, Deaf people are engaged in a daily praxis, a continuing internal and external dialogue" (Ladd, 2003).

Deafhood confronts the colonization of an identity and language. The course tracks the emergence of Deafhood, juxtaposing it with deafness and disability. As a class, we begin by reviewing the history of Deaf people in America including educational and sociopolitical contexts. We then investigate the Deaf community’s claim as a cultural and linguistic minority rather than deafness as category of disability, excavating the significance and implications of this act. Drawing from Disability Studies Theory and Deaf Studies, the course moves between praxis and theory in order to gain a broader understanding of the emergence of disability cultures through the study of Deaf culture. 

Women, Rap, and Hip Hop Feminism

WGS 473 (#74107)/HOM (#74108)/WGS 673 (#74109)

May 16-27; Monday - Friday 1:00-5:00pm

Dr. Gwendolyn Pough

Feminism, rap music, and Hip Hop culture, at first glance, do not appear to be likely cohorts. In the male-driven, testosterone filled world of Hip Hop culture and rap music, labeling oneself a feminist is not a political stance easily taken. Thus, many women involved with Hip Hop culture do not take on the label of feminist even as their actions imply feminist beliefs and leanings. Much of the strong criticisms of rap music have been about the music's sexism and misogyny. And much of the attention focused on sex and gender have been in terms of constructions of Black masculinity, and rap music as a vehicle for Black male posturing. This course links feminism, rap music, and Hip Hop Culture.

Texts for the course include: Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation; When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down; That White Girl; Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip-Hop's Hold on Young Black Women; Home with Hip Hop Feminism.


CFE 700: Troubling Silence

May 16th-May 27th, Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm

Dr. Dalia Rodriguez

106 Huntington Hall 

Silence has been conceptualized as antithetical to the liberation of oppressed groups. However, some scholars argue that such interpretations fail to recognize the different forms of and meanings silence take, as well as the ways in which speech acts are lim­ited. Educators have yet to understand the com­plexity behind the issue of silence (Montoya, 2000). We also do not understand how both voice and silence work together to illuminate the experiences of marginalized populations (Boler, 2005).  Rather than thinking about silence in opposition to voice, what if we were to think about silence as voice?  In this course we trouble silence by re-theorizing silence as oppression, resistance, and empowerment.  We will grapple with various questions including, but not limited to: What are the multiple meanings of silence in various educational contexts?  How does white silence function to reproduce racial micro-aggressions in predominantly white classrooms, and how can educators disrupt white silence?  How can we complicate how we think about voice and silence—For example when silence is misrecognized as the silence of the excluded other, rather than the silence being in the ears of the powerful.  When is the demand for the racialized “Other” to speak/remain silent considered empowering?  And when can speaking be considered a “strategy of surveillance and exploitation” (Bhabha 1994), reinsuring the authority of the dominant?  How do we listen for silence, and interpret these silences?  How can educators use silence as a form of pedagogical knowledge? 

We will be reading across disciplines to get at the complexity of silence (Lugones, Sherry Marx, Christine Sleeter, Hommi K. Bhabha, Linda Alcoff, Megan Boler, Audre Lorde, Alison Jones, Sherene Razack, Montoya, Lisa Mazzei, Franz Fanon, de Castell, among others), complicating what silence (and voice) means for the racialized “Other.”​

CRS 347: Mindful Communication Skills

Summer Session 1: May 23- June 30

Mon-Thurs Noon– 1:45pm

123 Sims Hall

Professor Diane Grimes

Activities include:

• Yoga

• Journaling

• Daily meditation

• Sharing mindfulness practices

3 credits

For more information:



AED 400 / 600

Creative Leadership and Social Responsibility

July 5 - July 30

(an online course offering)

 Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr.

This online course addresses ways in which leaders and change agents perceive, make sense of, and affect their social worlds through the lens of creative practices emerging from the visual arts, design, and other creative disciplines. Coursework will explore systems for creative organization and activity, as well as metaphors for communicating leadership influence—two significant methods that leaders throughout society employ to grasp complex issues and prompt sustainable change. Moreover, this course is designed to acquaint and equip students with strategies for a socially responsible approach to creative leadership in diverse areas of teaching, leadership, and management. This course is for students interested in expanding and promoting the role of creative leadership in global society grounded in both theory and practice, and assembles the ideas of a community of arts & design educators as well as thought leaders from multiple creative and entrepreneurial sectors.

Creative leadership requires “complicated conversation”—the genesis of new paradigms for living, working, or doing are best aided by multiple perspectives and vantage points.


Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine

Consortium for Culture and Medicine


A Cooperative Program of Le Moyne College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University

Fall Courses

August 29 – December 9, 2016

Ethics & the Health Professions

Paul Prescott, PhD

Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 PM                                                

Room: TBD                                             

Upstate Campus

This course examines the origins and the use of ethical theories in the clinical, professional, organizational, and political-economic fields of action in health care. 3 credits

Death and Dying In American Literature

Deirdre Neilen, PhD

Wednesdays 4:15-7:15 PM                                               

Room: TBD                                      

Upstate Campus

This course intends to provoke thoughtful discussion and analysis about how we approach the subject of death and how we actually do or do not prepare ourselves for its actuality. Some controversy surrounding current health care issues is connected to the proposition that physicians should have end of life treatment and goals.  What do people mean when they say, “do everything”? What do physicians mean when they say “treatment would be futile”? What does it mean to be a health care proxy? We will explore these and other questions through our analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, memoir and film. 3 credits

Public Health Ethics

Sandra Lane, PhD, MPH

Mondays 5:15- 8:00 PM                                                      

Room 104 Falk Bldg.                            

SU Campus                         

This course addresses ethical issues in public health.  Public health ethics is a new area of scholarship practice that addresses population-level health issues, such as issues food stamps and health insurance, immunizations, public health research, legal and policy responses to infectious diseases and epidemics, and the role of religious and social values in setting health policy.  3 credits

CCM courses are open to upper division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty from the cooperating institutions, UUP members at Upstate, and members of the public who hold Bachelor’s Degrees.  For members of the public, permission of the instructor is required. 


Le Moyne students:  WebAdvisor    

Syracuse University students: My Slice

SUNY Upstate Medical University students: MyUpstate                           

Members of the public can register through any of the three institutions.



Falk Graduate Students Host Golf Tournament to Benefit Vera House May 9th




Volume 12 Issue 1 of RDS is Now Live!

The latest issue of RDS is out! You won't want to miss this edition featuring research articles on the built environment and disability studies in education, as well as a film review of the film Becoming Bulletproof. Become a subscriber today - subscriptions start at just $25.00. 

To visit our website featuring the latest issue click here: http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/

Check out our blog featuring an editorial by Associate Editor for Research Tim Lillie reflecting on the future of disability studies click here: http://rdsinternationaljournal.blogspot.com/

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Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training

Toward Equity & Access: Illuminating the Pathways AHEAD

Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training is available until May 31, 2016. 

Take advantage of these discount rates while you can! 

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 AHEAD Conference in conjunction with the pepnet 2 Postsecondary Training Institute(PTI)! 

Join us July 11-16 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana!

This year will be full of new information regarding disability resources and services' best practices, legal updates, plenty of time to interact with colleagues from around the globe, and access to the wonderful city of Indianapolis and all it has to offer. In addition to Preconference, Concurrent, Lunch & Learn, and Poster Sessions, we're featuring a Mini-Conference on Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education. Our colleagues at Think College assisted in the development of this Mini-Conference. Find full details on the Conference website.

Questions? Feel free to contact Howard Kramer at hkramer@ahead.org

Schedule & Program
Monday, July 11, 2016 9:00 AM - Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM
US Eastern Time

JW Marriott
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, USA

More Information

View Event Summary
View Event Agenda
View Event Fees

Early Registration Deadline
May 31, 2016



Live Webinar: Preparing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder for college and success

Live Webinar Invitation

Preparing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for College and Success

Thursday, April 21, 2016|Time: 1 PM (EST) |Duration: 90 Minutes | By: Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke

Register for Webinar

Analyze the Challenges of College Life for Students with ASD & Help Them Achieve Success

As exciting as it is, the transition of all students to college also comes with numerous challenges. However, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will require extra support to successfully handle the transition and to cope with living independently. Students and parents also require coaching on the differences between college expectation and K-12 policies. Characterized by an insistence on sameness and deficits in social communication and interaction, students with ASD are faced with academic, social, and self-management demands that they may have never handled on their own.

In this webinar, expert speaker Peggy Mitchell Clarke will identify the different range of individual characteristics shown by students with ASD; discuss what occurred to Asperger's Syndrome; and analyze the difficulties faced by students with ASD in their college life. You will get to know some practical strategies to help, support and coach students with ASD as they transition to a living an independent life and are stretched socially, personally and academically.

Peggy will also present to you a brief analysis of the benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Towards the end of this session, you will gain a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how students with ASD can be helped in their transition to college and achieve success.

Session Highlights:

  • Signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Abilities and deficits of college students on the Autism Spectrum
  • K-12 vs. post-secondary student roles and responsibilities
  • Self-management areas such as hygiene, time management, and healthy eating
  • Self-advocacy and appropriate communication with instructors
  • Coaching strategies for helping professionals and student services staff
  • Social and interpersonal interactions and tips
  • Sensory sensitivities and teaching tips
  • Behavior management and conduct issues
  • Campus resources and reasonable accommodations
  • Stress management and role play exercises
  • Tips for homeschooling students with ASD
  • Brief overview of the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Learning Objectives:

  • Strategies to encourage appropriate communication and self-advocacy with instructors
  • Advise for helping students in their interpersonal and social interactions
  • Approaches to mitigating sensory sensitivities
  • Personal, academic and social campus resources
  • Role play exercises and stress management techniques for students
  • List of colleges and universities with programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Register Now (Use "CK20" to get $20 off).

Attend in a Group and save upto 50%. To Book, Call Now: 1-800-223-8720


Forum for Inclusive Technology in Higher Education for Learners with Disabilities & Faculty

Mobile Enabling Solutions, Trends in Accessibility for Business & Government, Innovation Across the Spectrum

The 5th edition of the annual M-Enabling Summit Series, scheduled to be held on June 13-14, Washington, DC, will include an unprecedented array of innovations with the participation of corporations, government agencies, academic institutions, IT vendors, and professionals supporting seniors and persons with disabilities from around the world.
Early bird discount is on till April 30: Register today!

With its focus on "Accessible Technologies and Environments for All" the 2016 M-Enabling Summit Conference & Showcase will highlight the latest empowering mobile technologies, NextGen innovations and breakthroughs for seniors and persons with disabilities. 

Institutions of Higher Education all over the world are at the forefront of innovation and of addressing the challenges of implementing inclusive environments for faculty and students. The M-Enabling Summit is proud to launch the Inclusive Higher Education Forum as a day-long track for attendees on June 14.

Opening Remarks

  • Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division (CI/KDS), Communication and Information Sector (CI), UNESCO
  • Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Other sessions in the forum: 

  • New Tech Enablers for Accessible Learning Tools
  • Innovative Paths for Accessible Contents in Higher Education
  • Roadmap towards Equal Access in Higher Education

Global Status of Inclusive Technology in Higher Education, Compliance and Good Practice  

This June 14 session will include a presentation and discussion among academic leaders of the results of an AMAC – G3ict global survey of the current state of advancement and practices of institutions of higher education in building an accessible digital environment on campus and for life-long and distance learning and which gaps present the most opportunities for all stakeholders.
Session Chair: Amy Goldman
Co-Director and Associate Professor, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

  • Joy Kniskern, Strategic Initiatives, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zerrin Ondin, Research Analyst, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Licia Sbattella, Ph.D., Associate  Professor of Accessibility/Natural Language Processing and President's Delegate for Disability, Politecnico di Milano (G3ict Education Task Force Chair)
  • Alireza Darvishy, Ph.D., Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences 
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Browse through the detailed agenda: m-enabling.com/agenda.html.

M-Enabling Smart Living Contest  

Are you a person with a disability or a senior citizen? Do you rely on mobile apps and services every day for work, education, navigation, entertainment, banking, travel, and other tasks? We have a special contest just for you: The 2016 M-Enabling Summit Smart Living Contest!
Send us a screenshot or picture of the app that makes your life accessible. Two free passes to the conference are up for grabs! 
Contest runs from March 1-April 30. Visit: m-enabling.com/smarterlivingcontest.html



2016 USC UCEDD Webinar Series: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Issues in Intellectual & Developmental Disability (I/DD) - What Self-Advocates and Families Need to Know

Webinar: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

You are invited to the next *FREE* webinar in the USC UCEDD series:

The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00am PST
​Register Here: http://www.uscucedd.org/upcoming-events

In this webinar, Dr. Nora Baladerian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities, and author, will discuss:

  • The Do's and Don'ts of having sex
  • Different kinds of sexuality
  • Possible outcomes of having sex
  • When, where and with whom it's OK to have sex




Disability Studies Programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies 

The disability studies programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) have been recognized by The New York Times as being among the top three in the country, and are the first of their kind in the nation. Developed by expert practitioners and leaders in the disability industry, their programs offer an avenue for you to develop new skills, deepen your understanding of disability, and earn valuable credentials that can lead to career advancement. 

At CUNY SPS, you will learn how to assume greater responsibility and leadership as a service provider, advocate, researcher, or policy maker through convenient courses offered online and on campus at their mid-town New York City location. Additionally, the School's affordable tuition rates make access to education even easier. 

They offer programs suited for students of all academic levels, including:

We invite you to learn more by attending an online information session on Tuesday, April 19 at 12:00 pm EST. Register here

Also, visit our YouTube channel to hear Academic Director Mariette Bates speak about the disabilities studies faculty, the field, and our current students. 

CUNY SPS is happy to answer any questions that you may have about these programs. You can contact them at information@sps.cuny.edu or 212.652.CUNY.

28th Annual Developmental Disabilities Day Workshop and Conference

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Doors open at 8:00 am

The Conference Center Niagara Falls

101 Old Falls Street - Niagara Falls NY 14303

Visit www.ddday.org for the program and to register online

2016 Features: Innovative Workshops - Concession Service - Agency and Vendor Fair Art Gallery - Live Performance/Interactive Area - Parents Corner Awards Luncheon - Open Reception

2016 DD Day Registration Form

Youth with Disabilities Survey 

Received from: Independent Living of the Genesee Region 

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is collecting data on independent living services available in the community across New York State for youth and young people with disabilities.  Additionally NYSILC wants to know where the gaps in services are for youth and what they can do to create and/or enhance programming in order to meets these needs.  A survey was created to receive this information.  I have attached the survey to this email, and it is available on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRY8XR8

We would appreciate it if any of the individuals you work with would be able and willing to participate in filling out the survey.  For the purposes of this survey, youth is identified as high school up to the age of thirty. Participants do NOT need to be working with an Independent Living Center to fill out the survey.



Seeking international disabled students for #Access2USA campaign 

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, have put together plans for an exciting campaign to spread awareness and information to encourage international students with disabilities to study in the United States. It is called the  #Access2USA campaign, and we think it’s going to be great, but we can’t do this alone. We need your help.

Read more about the campaign: http://www.miusa.org/news/2016/access2usa

We are inviting current or former international students with disabilities to share their stories and tips about studying in the United States. If you could connect us with individuals that you know, we would appreciate it.

Another way to help out is by posting resources and information about exchange in the United States using our hashtag #Access2USA. Here are some sample postings. You can come up with your own or copy and paste.

Sample Tweets:

• How will you achieve #Access2USA for international student with disabilities? http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• For intl students w/ #disabilities, access 2 education & employment starts w/ #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• The best part about #Access2USA was ___

• We promote #Access2USA for intl students w/ disabilities by ___

Sample Facebook Posts:

• When a student with a disability begins studying here in the U.S., sometimes after overcoming a number of challenges, they are a wonderful asset to host campuses. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• Practice saying “yes” to welcoming international students with disabilities to your campus #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• According to Open Doors data, about 5% of international students in the United States have a disability and that figure will likely grow. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• "The fact that I am studying in the U.S. makes me happy all the time. I used to long for studying abroad and now here I am, seeing my dreams come true." Samson, a Deaf student from Rwanda, on his #Access2USA story. http://www.miusa.org/resource/story/samson

Help us make #Access2USA a reality for more international students with disabilities.



Three disability-related scholarships from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

Deadline: April 14, Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship Program, open to undergraduates at a US college with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, or a related inherited bleeding disorder. $3,000-$6,000, with possibility of reapplying yearly.  http://www.colkeen.org/?page_id=123
Deadline: April 15: Diabetes Scholars Foundation's scholarship program, for incoming college freshmen with type 1 diabetes at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. Targeted, students with high academic performance, involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and demonstrated successfully managing living with diabetes. Not based on financial need. http://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/
Deadline: May 26: Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation Scholarship, open to Any US citizen or permanent resident with significant bilateral hearing loss who is currently or becoming a college  undergraduate. Note: with appropriate conditions, scholarship may continue throughout college. http://www.ltzfoundation.org/scholarships.php



CFP: Inaugural BGSA Celebration of Scholarship Conference

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship Conference, which will take place on April 30th 2016 in Schine 304 at noon. We welcome a variety of proposals from all academic disciplines. The focus of the conference is to bring together graduate and undergraduate students to connect and present a diverse set of research projects conducted at Syracuse University. The conference is intended to be a vehicle for graduate students to practice presenting in a more relaxed conference environment and to a general audience. Graduate students will present through round tables and poster presentations. 

Undergraduates interested in graduate school are encouraged to attend to connect with graduate students and learn more about the process. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit your name, email, department, title, and 100-250 word abstract to the online portal (see below) by April 15th

Online Portal: 





Gender Research Seminar - 17/18 May 2016 in Ghent - Moralities and the Intimate Life

We are delighted to inform you that registration for our upcoming Gender Research Seminar that will be held at Ghent University (Belgium) is now open!  We hope you will join us on May 17th and 18th 2016 for a two-days programme with public lectures and master classes for PhD and MA students. This year’s theme is ‘Moralities and the Intimate Life’. Confirmed speakers are Prof. Dr. David Eng (University of Pennsylvania, US, Department of English); Dr. Jennie Bristow (Canterbury Christ University, UK; School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology); Prof. Dr. Dilek Cindoğlu (Abdullah Gül University, Turkey, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Prof. Dr. Matt Cook (Birkbeck University of London, UK, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology).

For more details on the theme, see: http://www.culturegender.ugent.be/en/GRS. Programme and other speakers and discussants will be announced shortly.

Having an interdisciplinary focus, since 2010, this yearly course provides PhD and advanced MA students whose research is situated in or related to the field of Gender and/or Diversity Studies with in-depth and advanced training in contemporary Gender Studies and theory and methodology in related fields, such as Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, etc., next to general scholarly skills such as reading, writing, discussing and presenting. The course is not limited to issues of gender alone, but aims to attract students broadly interested in subjectivity, identity, diversity and agency and questions of (in)equality and power in society and culture from a critical research perspective.  

Registration by sending an email to katrien.degraeve@ugent.be before April 18th (for the master classes) and before May 13th (for the lectures). Attending the lectures and participation in the master classes is free of charge. However, a 10 Euro contribution fee will be asked for lunches. 

Organized by: Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (Ghent University) in cooperation with staff from the Ghent Bioethics Institute (Ghent University), the Centre for Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (VUB), the Research Group on Citizenship, Equality & Diversity(UAntwerp), the History Department of UAntwerp and the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies(University of Kent, UK). 

Inter University Master of Arts Programme in Gender and Diversity

Centre for Research on Culture and Gender



The Kenneth W. Payne Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2016                                                                        

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgment of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. The Prize includes a cash award in the amount of $400. Submissions are encouraged from graduate or undergraduate students in any of the four fields of anthropology. To be eligible for consideration, work should have been completed since June 2014 and while the applicant was still enrolled as a student. Research papers as well as visual media (e.g. documentary film) are eligible for submission for this competition. Papers should be no longer than 40 pages, double-spaced, and typed in 11 or 12 point font; published papers or works accepted for publication will not be accepted for review. Visual media should run no longer than 60 minutes; media projects already under contract for commercial distribution will not be accepted for review.    

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JUNE 1, 2016. Submit an electronic copy of the print submission as a Word (*.doc) or RTF (rich text format or *.rtf) attachment to rfphillips@bsu.edu AND jolaosho@usf.edu on or before the indicated deadline. Visual media projects should be available for download from an accessible website; send an email to rfphillips@bsu.edu AND jolaosho@usf.edu identifying the visual media project and indicating its accessibility. In either case, include with your email message a statement showing your intent to enter the 2016 Kenneth W. Payne Prize competition. Include your name, address, department and university, telephone number, and email address in the body of the email; in addition, indicate the stage of your graduate or undergraduate work at the time the submission was developed. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received within a week of its receipt. Please only send duplicate copies or emails if you have not received a response after two weeks. 

Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant L/G/B/T/Q and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of L/G/B/T/Q studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness. The award will be presented to the winner at the AQA Business meeting during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Minneapolis, MN) November 16-20, 2016.   

Members of the 2016 Payne Prize Committee: Lawrence Cohen (UC Berkeley), Michael Connors Jackman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Tayo Jolaosho (University of South Florida - 2016 Payne Prize Committee co-chair) Richard J. Martin (Harvard University), and Robert Phillips (Ball State University – 2016 Payne Prize Committee co-chair).



Teaching Media Quarterly: “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements” now online

The editorial board of Teaching Media Quarterly is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 4, Edition 1, “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements.” It features exciting lesson plans by Joel Geske, Allissa V. Richardson, Joel Saxe, Tia Tyree, and Heather Woods and James Alexander McVey.

The issue can be viewed at:




Survey: Proposed Minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice

Alan Goldberg is working to have the University approve a new minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice. This minor will provide a broad, interdisciplinary approach to an understanding of the Holocaust, other genocides/atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries, and issues of social justice and human rights. This minor would enable students to select from courses in education, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and the arts.  As part of the approval process, Alan is conducting a survey with undergraduate students to determine interest in this minor. Please consider taking the Atrocity Studies & Practices of Social Justice survey today. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Alan Goldberg.



Apply for Fulbright Programs 2017-18 to the Middle East and North Africa

Fulbright Scholar awards to the Middle East and North Africa are available in all disciplines, and open to scholars at many career levels.

Awards this year include, but are not limited to:

  • Algeria – Multiple Disciplines Award
  • Bahrain – Educational Administration and Teacher Education Award
  • Egypt – Visual and Performing Arts Award
  • Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
  • Jordan – Public Policy and International Relations Award
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Award (to research in two or more countries)
  • Morocco – All Disciplines Award
  • Palestinian Territories (West Bank only) – All Disciplines Award
  • Qatar – International Relations Award
  • Saudi Arabia – All Disciplines Award
  • Tunisia – Engineering Award
  • United Arab Emirates – All Disciplines Awards

Our Application Guidelines provide helpful tips and we also encourage all applicants to reach out to us for assistance throughout the application process. Contact information is listed with each specific award, and you can also reach our team at middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org with any questions.


Latest blog entry from Kate Pollack, DCC Graduate Assistant 

Joshua Bennett Performs at the White House Poetry Jam


Disability and Proleptic Imagination | Planet of the Blind

Meet Julia. We think you'll like her story.

Meet Julia Sain, Executive Director at the Disability Rights & Resources, based out of Charlotte, NC. Julia is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultant & speaker who is best known for her expertise in the requirements of ADA.

You will get a chance to meet her in an interactive Q&A-style webinar this coming month.

Julia is taking part in the T-Base Stories Webinar Series, and we'll be discussing the obligations businesses have to provide effective communication under the ADA so that your customers who are blind or have low vision can participate fully in the programs and services you offer.

Complete the accessible registration form.

Webinar: Effective ADA Compliant Communications           

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Reserve your FREE spot now




Please Sponsor me in the ADAPT Fun Run to support disability rights activism 

Received from Bruce Darling, CDR/NYS ADAPT

I am writing to ask that you sponsor me in the ADAPT Fun Run, a fundraiser to support disability rights activism. It is easy to donate. Just use this link: http://adaptfunrun.net/runner/sponsor/883 

The funds I raise will support both ADAPT and the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY.  Your donation gets put to good use!

During the past year, we worked diligently with Senator Schumer’s office to develop and introduce the Disability Integration Act (S.2427).  This legislation takes up the call of Senator Harkin’s 2013 HELP Committee Report, “Separate but Unequal” to strengthen and clarify the ADA’s integration mandate for people with disabilities. The bill establishes that people who require long term services and supports have the opportunity to receive those supports in the community as a matter of civil rights. You can learn more about the bill at: www.DisabilityIntegrationAct.org or www.ADAPT.org/main.diamain

Although our work is sometimes controversial and we may take on folks from both sides of the aisle, you can ALWAYS trust that ADAPT will be on the side of people with disabilities and our right to live in freedom! 

So please make a donation to support ADAPT’s work by using this link: http://adaptfunrun.net/runner/sponsor/883 

The money we raise from the Fun Run doesn’t go to salaries, overhead or anything like that.  It is used to directly subsidize the costs associated with getting our voice heard.  That means it is used for:

- travel costs for getting ADAPT activists to the actions and back home;

- hotel rooms where ADAPT activists can stay during the actions; and

- accessibility accommodations like sign language interpreters at the actions. 






Accessible Media Inc. 




The Times on Disability Culture


Guide to Accessible Publishing Now Available!

AHEAD would like to bring to your attention a recent publication by the Book Industry Study Group titled "BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing." This guide was created as a resource for Publishers and other "content creators" on how to produce accessible content. While we recognize that most of our members are not Publishers, you may find the information useful. We also know that there are many people on your campus who do create content or instructional materials. This guide addresses why and how to create, distribute, and display accessible digital content. It includes many practical strategies for creating accessible content, including coding samples which cover most of the cases that are commonly "problems" in code and can be used not only in document creation but in other web cases as well.

This is a resource you can share with others on your campus who create content or design for the web. If you are interested, use this link to download the Guide https://www.bisg.org/publications/bisg-quick-start-guide-accessible-publishing




NYTimes: Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Poem by Benjamin Giroux (age 10): "I Am"

Shared with permission by the author and the author's mother. 

Note from mother: My 10 year old son with Aspergers was asked to write a poem for school titled "I Am" he was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote. ..

I am odd, I am new
I wonder if you are too? 
I hear voices in the air, 
I see you don't, and that's not fair. 
I want to not feel blue.
I am odd, I am new,
I pretend that you are too. 
I feel like a boy in outterspace,
I touch the stars and feel out of place. 
I worry about what others might think. 
I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink. 
I am odd, I am new. 
I understand now that so are you. 
I say,  "I feel like a castaway. "
I dream of the day, that that's okay. 
I try to fit in, 
I hope that someday I do. 
I am odd, I am new.



Disability.gov Update

Disability.Blog: The Disabled Parenting Project: An Online Community by and for Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities by Guest Blogger Robyn Powell, Team Leader, Disabled Parenting Project

Disability.Blog: Accessible Workplace Technology: Signed, Sealed, Delivered - This blog was cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog.

Disability.Blog: The Power of “Side by Side” by Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living. This blog has been cross-posted from the Administration for Community Living’s blog.

Disability.Blog: What is an Invisible Disability? by Guest Blogger Wayne Connell, Founder, Invisible Disabilities Association

Disability.Blog: The Foundation for Inclusion: The Interactive Process by Guest Blogger Lou Orslene, Co-director, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)


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African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement

African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement

A book talk with historian Vincent Intondi

Thursday April 14, 7pm Barnes and Noble, Erie Blvd E.

Friday April 15, 7pm ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.

The Nuclear Free World Committee hosts Syracuse-born author and political commentator Vincent Intondi, author of the book African-Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement. Intondi will share his unique historical insights on the contributions of black activists to the peace and nuclear disarmament movement and also reflect on President Obama’s nuclear legacy and his recent nuclear summit.

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OCL Annual Meeting June 8 - Save the Date

Onondaga Citizens League, Annual Meeting Luncheon, June 8, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30pm (check-in 11:30am)

Join us at the beautifully restored Hotel Syracuse (now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown) for our annual meeting. Our keynote speaker, Sean Kershaw, executive director of the Citizens League in St. Paul, MN, will share his insights and experiences on enacting change, creating policy public, and solving problems for the common good in and across all institutions.

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Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood

Presented by SUNY Jefferson.

Saturday, May 7th, 8 PM.

JCC McVean Gym

For more information call 315 786 2431 or go to www.sunyjefferson.edu



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Syracuse, NY 13244

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Phone: (315) 443-4486
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