Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud addressed the University Senate for the first time in the 2017-18 academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 6. During the meeting, Chancellor Syverud extended support to all members of the University community impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the impending Hurricane Irma. He also spoke on the University’s position regarding the change in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program announced by the federal government on Sept. 5. Read more at SU News.
Last week, new and returning students arrived on campus to kick off the 2017-18 academic year. As they settle in, they, along with the entire campus community, will notice expanded and new initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity and inclusion campuswide. Read more at SU News.
Syracuse University this fall has adopted new protocols designed to allow students impacted by recent changes to U.S. immigration law to complete their academic degrees.
The protocols, approved by Chancellor and President Kent Syverud and Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly, create a pathway to degree completion for currently enrolled students whose studies may have been interrupted by the changes implemented by the Trump Administration. The protocols were initially drafted by the University Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee last spring and subsequently endorsed by the full Senate.
College of Law Dean Craig Boise announced the addition of Nick Wallace as assistant dean for enrollment management. In this role, Wallace will be responsible for the strategic planning, leadership and implementation of the College’s J.D. enrollment and financial aid initiatives. Read more about Nick Wallace at SU News.
According to the National Center for Women in Technology’s 2016 analysis, only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the United States are held by women. This statistic is shocking in the current age of educational equality, but is on a steady rise thanks to organizations devoted to bringing technology to females across the country. One national program, Girls Who Code, is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology once and for all. Read the SU News article.
The fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes its sixth cohort of mentees and peer mentors at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. It is now recruiting faculty and staff mentors to provide consistent support to sophomore, junior and senior peer mentors and to serve as positive role models. Faculty and staff who are interested in serving as mentors are encouraged to apply now. The deadline is July 26. Read more.
The National Association of Black Journalists has released its list of finalists for its 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards, with three Newhouse students and student-produced NCC News making the cut. See the full list at SU News.
Appointed by Chancellor Kent Syverud in February, the Ad Hoc Committee on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)/Undocumented Students recently delivered its report to the Chancellor. The comprehensive report includes immediate, short-term and long-term recommendations to enhance support for undocumented students and others with family members who are undocumented. Read the story at SU News.