Paralyzed Veterans of America Awards IVMF with Distinguished MISSION: ABLE Award

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) was recognized among fellow veteran service organizations, service members, veterans, friends and supporters of Paralyzed Veterans of America for its work supporting veteran employment at an event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19.

With four award categories, including Employment, Achievement, Sustainability, and Humanitarianism, the MISSION:ABLE awards celebrate those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and fought for expanded rights for the 22 million veterans, 56.7 million people with disabilities and 800,000 Americans living with spinal cord injury or disease. The IVMF was awarded the ABLE award for Employment for outstanding efforts to train and employ veterans as they transition out of military life and for its groundbreaking programs focused on small business and entrepreneurship.

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New Ideas of Urban Design a Matter of Equality for Architecture Professor

In November, School of Architecture Professor Francisco Sanin and his 13 studio students will travel to Medellín, Colombia, to visit a city transformed.

Once known as “the most dangerous city in the world” for its drug cartels and dangerous streets in the 1980s, Medellín has been reawakened through the work of a progressive mayor—and his successors—and a continuing collective of politicians, city administrators, urban designers, artists and architects, including Sanin. Their plans to take back the city focus on using big and small measures of urban design to revive the social fabric and promote equity among all citizens.

Sanin grew up in the South American city and has traveled back countless times to contribute to and promote the ideas of thoughtful design in helping rejuvenate the city.

Beginning in the early 2000s, public spaces, such as libraries, medical centers, parks and transportation systems were constructed within neighborhoods that were plagued by violence, insecurity and poverty. The philosophy of then-Mayor Sergio Fajardo was to build the most beautiful buildings in the most disadvantaged areas—instead of creating impressive structures near the seats of wealth and power—to give dignity and create opportunities for these communities.

“They used architecture and urban design as a tool for social and political transformation,” Sanin says. “Within the span of four years the mayor had empowered the city and the city was completely turned around.”

In recent years, the city has won international prizes for its stunning transformation, including the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in Singapore and the Curry Stone Prize in the U.S., and was recognized in a “60 Minutes” story.

“It was an incredible turnaround from a city where nobody would go or touch to a city that is now recognized for its social and urban transformation,” Sanin says.

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‘Deej,’ Film about Autism and Inclusion, to Screen on Sept. 25

This month, the team behind the acclaimed new documentary, “Deej,” launches the Deej Inclusion Tour, a series of more than 50 campus and community screenings across the United States. The goal is to promote inclusion—in families, schools and communities—of all neuro-divergent people, especially nonspeaking autistics. The Deej tour stops at Syracuse University on Monday, Sept. 25, when the film screens at Watson Hall Theater at 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with DJ “Deej” Savarese.

The film is captioned; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the discussion. Parking is available in the Booth Garage on Comstock Ave. Additional accessible parking is in the Q5 lot on University Place. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dani Weinstein at 315.443.9379 or

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Exhibitions, Film Screening Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community in the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with various campus and local organizations, is gearing up for Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with several events.

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Residence Life Diversity & Inclusion Committee to Host 18th Annual Students of Color Leadership Retreat

The annual Students of Color Leadership Retreat is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, New York. The retreat is organized by the Office of Residence Life Diversity & Inclusion Committee to give students of color the opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions, develop their leadership potential, receive empowerment to be active in their communities and gain encouragement to engage in leadership opportunities.

Participants will be expected to actively engage in dialogue by sharing views, attitudes, beliefs and experiences both openly and honestly. The retreat fosters an environment in which students are able to share and express themselves and their experiences freely.  Many participants’ experience during the retreat has influenced their involvement on campus as well.

“I learned so much about myself and other people of color at the retreat. The space allowed for real conversations about issues we deal with on a daily basis,” says Victoria Lawson ’20, a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “This allowed me to gain insight from other perspectives and enlighten others on campus.”

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Syracuse University, Greater Central New York Communities Invited to Participate in an NVRC Information Session Monday, Sept. 18

Syracuse University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Central New York community, are invited to participate in an information session Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Center of Excellence, room 203, located at 727 E. Washington St., Syracuse, New York. The information session will focus on the construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC), one of the inaugural projects contained within the University’s Campus Framework.

The information session will feature remarks from Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation, and Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer. Following brief remarks from Haynie and Sala, attendees will be encouraged to ask questions, offer comments and provide feedback on the project. John Barrett, the lead architect from SHoP Architects, the University’s design partner, will also be on hand to address questions about the design and architectural approach.

A first-of-its-kind facility, the NVRC seeks to advance academic research, actionable programs and community-connected innovation in service to our nation’s veterans and military families. The NVRC also represents a key point of intersection between the University’s Academic Strategic Plan and the Campus Framework, both of which support the University’s aspiration to be the best place for veterans and their families.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for each event. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

More information about the National Veterans Resource Complex can be found at And, to learn more about the Campus Framework, please visit

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Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Begins Today with Parade, Opening Ceremony

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners, will host Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM) starting today. The 12th annual program features a variety of events that highlight different aspects of Latino/Hispanic culture including lectures, music performances, festivals, art exhibits, dance and much more.

The celebratory month begins with a parade on the Einhorn Family Walk at 11 a.m. today. The opening ceremony and lunch follow immediately after at 11:30 a.m. in Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to participate.

A hallmark event during the monthlong celebration is Fiesta Latina on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center.  The annual celebration includes Latino cuisine, live entertainment, performances by Tali and DJ Mega Jay, and a presentation of the Trailblazer and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Tickets are available at the Schine Box Office for $5 (students with valid SU I.D.) and $10 (all others).

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel “La Borinqueña,” is this year’s commemorative speaker. Miranda-Rodriguez will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Campus community members are invited to attend all events throughout the month. Access the full calendar of events on the Office of Multicultural Affairs website.

LHHM honors Spanish, Latino American and Afro-Latino cultures in the United States. It is fitting the celebrations begin Sept. 15, as that date commemorates the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico celebrates on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.  The celebration continues through Oct. 15.

LHHM is one of four celebratory months coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Upcoming heritage months include Native Heritage Month (November 2017), Black History Month (February 2018) and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (April 2018).

For questions or more information, contact Marissa L. Willingham at or 315.443.9767.  Join the celebration on social using #CuseLHHM.

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