White Ribbon Campaign:
Wearing a white wristband is an important statement. It means you will not commit, condone or remain silent about domestic or sexual violence. Support the White Ribbon Campaign by purchasing a wristband or a chocolate ribbon from March 24th – March 28th at any of these locations:
Schine Student Center Atrium: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
SU Bookstore: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
People’s Place, Hendricks Chapel: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on March 28)
ESF Gateway Center: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
An Unfinished Conversation:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel has invited Lee Mun Wah- filmmaker, educator, and master diversity trainer- to facilitate a day-long program called An Unfinished Conversation on Wednesday, April 23rd. The program is designed to help create a strong sense of community and encourage participants to build trusting relationships with one another. Components of the program include Creating Community in a Diverse School Environment, How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures, and a screening of the film If These Halls Could Talk. Please register before April 16th to ensure your participation in the training!
No registration is required for the film screening.
Run with the Chancellor on Inauguration Day
To celebrate Chancellor Syverud’s appointment as SU’s 12th chancellor, a 1.2 mile fun run will be held on the morning of his inauguration ceremony on Friday, April 11. Beginning at 7 a.m., students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Chancellor on the run, which will follow a course starting at the Orange Grove on the SU Quad, weaving its way around Main Campus, and ending at the Schine Student Center. The first 200 people to sign up for the free event will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Register here. Share with your students.
Are you interested in learning about women from the Bible who challenged the status quo? Did you ask yourself why didn't Jesus come as a woman? What does it mean to be a woman leader with a spiritual mission today? How are women in Mexico helping their families gain access to solar power?
Explore these questions and others with Gail Riina EdD and Anna Ebers.
March 26 at Noon in Hendricks Chapel, followed by a reception with food and music. Register here : share me
Gary Zukav joins Soulful Sit-Downs
New York Times bestselling author Gary Zukav will be joining Soulful Sit-Downs, the student-run discussion series about life’s big questions, via Skype on March 27 at 7 p.m. in room 204 of the Tolley Building. The event is open to students, faculty, and staff.
The author will discuss how students can create a sense of authentic power in their life. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask Zukav questions during the conversation.
The discussion will also be live streamed here.
In Honor of Black HIV Awareness Day
Hear people’s stories on March 27 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Hendricks Chapel Noble Room. A light buffet dinner will be provided.
Space is limited. RSVP here. Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315- 542-1703. share me
InclusiveU/P2P Lecture Series Sponsored by The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
Teaching Inclusively in Higher Education
What is it like to teach students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a college class, alongside their traditionally enrolled classmates? What are some of the challenges? What are the rewards? How do you implement universal design for learning that will benefit all students in your classes? Come listen to the insights of professors who have taught inclusive college classes.
· Bud Cooney, Lemoyne College
· Allison Piepmeier, College of Charleston
· Tabitha Dell'Angelo, The College of New Jersey
· Jim Abbott, Syracuse University
Location: Peter Graham Learning Commons, Bird Library, Syracuse University Campus
Date: March 28th, 2014
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), and gluten-free food provided. For other accommodation requests, please email email@example.com.
Future InclusiveU/P2P Lectures:
· April 15: The Student Perspective on Inclusion in Higher Education
· April 30: An Overview of the Peer to Peer Project: Partnering for Success with Inclusion
About the InclusiveU/P2P Lecture Series
The InclusiveU/P2P Lecture Series is the culmination of a three-year grant awarded to the Taishoff Center from NIDRR to study the topic of higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on:
· Partnerships with traditionally enrolled undergraduates
· Exploring the use of current technology (iPads) on campus inclusion
This project is sponsored by a development grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the U.S. Department of Education (Project #H133G100226) to the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.
Nominate someone you know for the 2014 Rainbow Banquet Recognition Awards!
Nominations are currently being accepted for the following: the Awareness Award, the Community-Building Award, the Integrity Award, the Social Justice Award, and the Emerging Leader Award. Nominations are open to Syracuse University/ESF and the Syracuse local community. Nominations can be for individuals, departments, or organizations. As a reminder, nominations have to be provided in order for awards to be given.
Nomination forms are due Sunday, March 23rd, by 11:59 PM.
MAYMESTER SPECIAL! MAY 12--MAY 23 WRT 438/ CCR 638 ADVANCED CREATIVE NONFICTION: "WRITING IN-BETWEEN"
Professor: Minnie Bruce Pratt www.mbpratt.org
WHAT IS CREATIVE NONFICTION?
Writers will pursue their unique "burning questions" through varied and individually chosen creative nonfiction (CNF) techniques and through multiple areas of knowledge. CNF offers a space for writers to use personal experiences, the techniques of “creative writing,” and a self-aware, historically-aware “I” to focus on larger issues—and to focus and refract those insights through intellectually rigorous writing. The many variations of creative nonfiction can combine poetry, essay, biography, history, economics, philosophy, physics, sociology, tall-tale-telling—just about any form or genre and any “subject.”
The CNF form is particularly congenial to those writing from “in-between” and overlapping spaces, those “writing out” lives of many identities, a range of perspectives, political struggles, varied ethnicities and plural nationalities, several sexes or sexualities, multiple or trans gender experiences and lives, and complex layers of locations and/or languages. In addition to matters of writing technique and interdisciplinary subject matter, the class will explore the larger ethical and rhetorical implications of creative nonfiction as a genre.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CLASS?
Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members meet for ten afternoons during Maymester to learn and practice creative nonfiction writing. There is no pre-requisite for this class; there will be people at all levels of creative writing experience. Advanced means: ready to use intellectual inquiry, experiential evidence, and techniques of CNF to explore a question of crucial importance to you.
Most of our time will be spent in writing exercises and in focused discussion about each participant’s individual writing. We will look at both the techniques of creative nonfiction and the substance of each person’s intellectual and experiential inquiry.
Class time will include small-group work with writing exercises, large-group writing exercises, and large-group work to discuss assigned reading as well as each other’s writing in detail. The class will analyze contemporary creative nonfiction, and explore the use of the genre in contemporary writing and research, and issues of ethics and rhetoric.
If you are tracking the answer to a burning question or seeking ardently to understand an idea looming in your life—this is a writing class for you!
For sample syllabus: firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on how to enroll: email@example.com
EXTEND YOUR WORK THROUGH CREATIVE NONFICTION
Students from Pratt’s classes have gone on to develop their work in many ways, from a book proposal about anti-nuclear weapon organizing to peer-reviewed articles in their academic fields to personal memoirs. Two “alums” were recently in the SU news about work that began in Pratt’s Creative Nonfiction classes:
***SU Anthropology Ph.D. student Kwame Otu was recently awarded a two-year Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Kwame's dissertation is titled Reluctantly Queer: Sassoi and the Shifting Paradigms of Masculinity and Sexual Citizenship in Postcolonial Ghana.
Of his time in the “Maymester” CCR 438 class, in which he explored narrative techniques, choices, and ethics relevant to his doctoral work, Kwame says, “The class allowed me to plumb the foundations of my mind, affording me the hard-to-come-by opportunity to think and write responsibly.”
***2008 SU alumnus Rob Smith recently published the first memoir by an African American Iraq War veteran—Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Army. His is a memoir also about serving as a gay soldier who couldn’t claim his identity openly. He began his book in Pratt’s WRT 422 “Studies in Creative Nonfiction” class.
Smith described his first encounter (as an advertising major) with creative nonfiction in an interview with the Daily Orange: “However, the last semester of Smith’s senior year at SU, he said he took a writing class called “Creative Non-Fiction” with Minnie Bruce Pratt, who teaches writing and rhetoric as well as women and gender studies. One of his assignments from the class, Smith said, became the first chapter in his recently published memoir: ‘The class really inspired me to write this book….’”
The Student Leadership Institute Class 2014-15
SLI is a vigorous year-long leadership development program delivered in partnership with divisional, academic, and community partners. Take a look at this one-pager for more information about SLI.
To nominate a student, complete the recommendation form for each student you’d like to nominate and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those students nominated will then be invited to apply.
Become a Sponsort of Take Back the Night
Take a stand against sexual and relationship violence, and co-sponsor Take Back the Night 2014 (TBTN). Co-sponsorships are available to on-campus departments and student groups for $30, and include the sponsor name being listed on the signature TBTN t-shirt. Fill out the attached orderform. Co-sponsors are still be accepted.
FALL 2014 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE: Health Promotion: Disability!
Are you interested in Health Disparities? The Health and Well-Being of Persons with Disabilities?
Take HTW/DSP 419: Health Promotion: Disability!
Through active discussions and hands-on opportunities to develop skills, students will learn about factors influencing the health and well-being of persons with disabilities including models of disability, disability history, law and services, health disparities, health promotion, ethics, violence, and emergency and disaster preparedness.
HTW/DSP 419 will help prepare students to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities, and large and heterogeneous population
Mondays 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
321 Crouse-Hinds Hall
Katherine McDonald, PhD
Falk College: Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition
Employment Opportunity for SU Doctoral Students
The Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC) is seeking doctoral students knowledgeable about special education and disability law, to help us on our project for approximately 10 hours per week at an hourly pay of $14 per hour. Students would start ASAP. We are looking for a student who is seeking to gain experience helping parents, who have a child with a disability, navigate the special education system. Students, who are considering this position, must have a firm understanding of special education law and regulations and/or the special education system. For students who are interested please contact Amy Zogby at email@example.com.
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CALLS FOR PAPERS, PARTICIPANTS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS
Submissions for Sprinkle: An Undergraduate Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies
Due March 24th! Papers should be no more than 3000 words in length and show critical engagement with issues of gender and sexuality from all disciplines. We encourage submissions to explore the intersection of gender and sexuality with other social identities (race, class, dis/ability, etc.), however this is not required. We may also consider a small number of creative submissions (i.e. poetry, short stories, etc.).
Please send submissions to Sprinkle Email with the subject heading: “Submission for Spring 2014 Issue.” In the email please include the following information: name as you would like it to appear in the journal; email address; institution of study, and a 100 word bio.
Conference Announcement: SUNY Cortland’s 5th Annual Student Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
“Speak Up/Speak Out,” will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Registration is now open! For more information, please visit the conference website. If you have questions please email Melissa Da Costa.
Call for Participants: Transgender Dermatology Survey
Dr. Brian Ginsberg of the NYU Department of Dermatology is conducting a completely anonymous survey to assess the current dermatologic and transitioning-related needs, opinions and experiences of the transgender community. Each participant must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen, and identify as transgender to complete this survey: Transgender Dermatology Survey.
If you have any questions, please email the transgender dermatology survey administrator.
Call for Participants: GBQ Men's Gender Attitudes and Wellbeing
Professor Laurel Watson of the University of Missouri is conducting a study regarding gay, bisexual, questioning, and queer men’s gender attitudes and wellbeing. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants may choose to enter a raffle to win one of eight $25 Amazon gift cards. Please contact Laurel Watson for more information.
COLD CASE JUSTICE INITIATIVE CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE
LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD: 50TH ANNIVERSARY
COMMEMORATION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1964-2014
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, MARCH 21-23, 2014
Summer in Washington, D.C. Scholarship
The Syracuse University Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. offers scholarships totaling at least $1,500 annually to qualifying SU applicants, to provide financial assistance to students spending the summer in Washington, D.C. as a part of a professional or educational growth opportunity.
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Register Now for Webinar: "Voices from the Field: Lessons Learned from Law Enforcement Mental Health Partnerships"
Hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance
University and college settings present unique challenges for law enforcement and mental health partnerships. To respond to these challenges, the CSG Justice Center’s launched Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Site project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the project is intended to help law enforcement agencies on college campuses improve their responses to people with mental disorders.
In this webinar, presenters will discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing. The webinar will also highlight two particularly successful learning sites: The University of Florida Police Department (Gainesville) and the Madison Police Department (Ohio).
Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
To register for this webinar, click here.
- Major William “Brad” Barber, University of Florida Police Department
- Dr. Sara Nash, Director, University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center
- TBD, Madison Police Department
- Melissa Reuland, Police Researcher and Consultant
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Human Rights Campaign is now accepting applications for our summer 2014 internship program. Our internship program spans 23 different department areas, including political, diversity, religion and faith, media and many others. Each intern plays an integral role in his or her department, working closely with HRC supervisors and staff. In addition, we offer educational programming as well as the opportunity to meet some of the foremost LGBT and allied leaders from all over the world. Class credit is possible through our program, and there are full-time and part-time positions available. You can find more information, as well as the application itself, at Human Rights Campaign website. There are also scholarships available for housing during this summer semester. Interested students may apply within the application.
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Registration for Camp Pride Summer Leadership Academy is now Open!
Join Campus Pride in Nashville, TN from July 15 – 20 to gain leadership skills and organizing tools to help you become a social justice advocate and leader on your campus. Scholarships are available!
Disability Related Articles for the Week
1. “La. Mom Charged with Death of Down Syndrome Son” --- A Louisiana woman has been charged with first-degree murder after police say she injected alcohol-based hand ... --- Appeal-Democrat --- March 12, 2014 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/UF1OsH
2. “In St. Mary's, Two Female Teens Charged with Sexually Abusing Disabled 16-year-old Boy” --- Two female teenagers in St. Mary's County have been charged with abusing a 16-year-old boy who police said had “diminished mental capacity.” --- Washington Post --- March 12, 2014 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/6eih0T
3. “Lake Park Mayor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Charges He Stole from Sister Who Has Down's Syndrome” --- The mayor of Lake Park has agreed to plead guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his sister, a Down's syndrome patient in ... --- In-Forum --- March 11, 2014 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/bIhvPz
4. “Ex-special Needs Counselor Accused of Violating Probation after Having Oral Sex in Group Home” --- Markeem Chaplin was spared state prison for 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to criminal sexual act involving a 16-year-old group home ... --- The Post-Standard --- March 12, 2014 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/wH2QOX
5. “Man Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzling from Disabled” --- Police say a Northern California man who worked at a nonprofit that serves disabled people has pleaded not guilty to embezzling $400,000 ... --- Porterville Recorder --- March 10, 2014 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ucDn4k
6. “Register Exclusive: Sheriff Broke Law in Denying Taser Records, Lawsuit Says” --- The lawsuit was filed by Disability Rights Iowa, an advocacy organization that ... But according to the lawsuit and interviews Wednesday with Disability ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- March 13, 2014 (IOWA) http://is.gd/2hi0C4
7. “Family of Deaf-mute Man Says He ‘Cooked to Death’” --- Earl Vernon has been fighting for years over a lawsuit for damages to seek justice for his brother David Vernon, who he said died in the care of an ... --- KIRO Seattle --- March 10, 2014 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/An5UPh
8. “Case Against Man Accused of Getting Girl with Autism Pregnant Moves Forward” --- The case against a man from Putnam County accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl with autism is moving ... --- WSAZ-TV --- March 6, 2014 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/y4Sjra
9. “State Policy Gives Caregivers with Arrest Records Clearance to Work” --- The safety of children, disabled and elderly people under state-supervised care is being called into question after an investigation found several ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- March 7, 2014 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Txn2HT
EVENT REMINDER National Park Service at Women’s Rights NHP
Celebrating Women’s History Month at Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Seneca Falls, NY – Many believe Women's Rights National Historical Park solely commemorates the first women's rights convention held in 1848. But part of the mission of the National Park Service is to educate people about their history and common heritage. Though the 19th-century struggle to gain voting rights for women is one of the most critical and influential social movements in North American history, the relevancy of this event does not begin and end in 1848, nor in the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It lies in this event's legacy to advocate for human rights for all.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will be welcoming award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and President of Iguana Films, María Agui Carter for the screening of her documentary, “REBEL” on Friday March 28th at 6:00 pm and on Saturday, March 29that 1:00 pm. This film chronicles the story of Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans who fought in the Civil War under guise of a man. Her story is one example of our common past and highlights the commonality of women pushing to change societal norms and laws to reach civic and political inclusion.
In support of the American Latino Heritage Initiative, the National Park Service worked with the American Latino Heritage Fund, PBS, and other funders to support the production of María Agui Carter’s documentary project, “REBEL”. The project includes a feature film; a 15 minute educational film named “Secret Soldier”; and a website (www.rebeldocumentary.com) which hosts additional educational shorts on women soldiers, women's roles in the American Civil War, free streaming of "Secret Soldier" for educators, essays, a media gallery, and more.
Please join us for the screening of “REBEL” and to meet the filmmaker. The festivities begin with a reception on Friday evening at 6:00 pm on March 28th following by the film screening. On Saturday, March 29th, the documentary will be shown at 1:00 pm followed by a reception. There will be ample opportunity for conversation with María Agui Carter. Come discover this little known piece of American history.
Request for Assistance from an SU Undergraduate
I’m trying to prepare a selection of the most horrid things people have said to college students with disabilities for a presentation that I am doing next Tuesday. The presentation is for parents and youth who are looking at transitioning from high school to college. I want to introduce the students to some “bozosity” that they might encounter while in colleges to help them recover from the shock when they encounter the inevitable bozosity that otherwise intelligent people might tell them.
Please share any suggestions, stories, etc., directly with Nick:
Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193
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