Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.
Diane joined Syracuse University’s Division of Student Affairs (now the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience) in October of 2011. She has extensive experience in teaching, group facilitation, advising and mentoring. She also has significant experience in program development and management, leadership, counseling, disability advocacy, assessment and supervision. Diane has worked closely with people with disabilities in non-therapeutic and therapeutic contexts, in accordance with sociocultural models of disability.
From 2005 to 2011, Diane served as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton in the Department of Social Work. Diane has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate and Instructor of Record at the University of Arizona, and as an adjunct faculty member and graduate advisor for the Master of Arts programs at the Prescott College Tucson Center. She worked with the Tucson Youth Development Midtown Neighborhood Project and the Tucson LGBTIQ Youth Suicide Prevention Project, as well as for many agencies and organizations in the social services and activist fields in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona.
Diane earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, majoring in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Anthropology, also from the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University. Diane is registered as a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York.
Diane is a member of the Syracuse University Contemplative Collaborative. During the fall of 2016, she was appointed Co-Chair of the University-wide Council on Diversity and Inclusion. She has published widely in a variety of subjects related to diversity, social justice, inclusion, pedagogy, and empowerment, with attention paid in particular to interdisciplinarity (including feminist and queer media studies, sociolinguistic and medical anthropology, critical theory), cross-disabilities perspectives, and the Mad Pride movement. In May of 2016, Diane began blogging for the Huffington Post. Please note that Diane's blog for the Huffington Post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, or Syracuse University.
Also a part-time faculty member, Diane proudly and happily teaches various courses at Syracuse University.
Kate Corbett Pollack
In December 2016, Kate Corbett Pollack will receive her M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a C.A.S in Disability Studies from the School of Education at Syracuse University. She received her B.A. in History from Hunter College, where she focused on prehistory through the Middle Ages, and religious studies. Kate also has a degree in Fine Arts from Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York, and has worked as a professional cartoonist for publications in Eugene, Oregon.
Kate has a background in antiques, Historic Preservation, archival and genealogical research, and spent three years researching and writing for a Syracuse-based genealogical association about an 18th-century psychiatrically disabled man and his family. She has written professionally about the history of 17th-19th C. Early American women, religion, epidemic disease, disability and psychiatric history, and social reform, with a focus on institutions and asylums. Her more recent scholarship and activism focuses on disability and crime, particularly in d/Deaf communities, prisons, criminal justice, and civil rights. Kate is active in the local Deaf community in Syracuse, and attends meetings about civil rights and criminal justice issues.
Kate is originally from Oregon, where she still visits, and has family in Syracuse going back 100 years on the West End.