Syracuse University Paints New Orleans Orange at National Conference for Military-Connected Students

Leaders from Syracuse University’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs (OVMA), Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Career Services, Veterans Affinity Group, and the Veterans Resource Center attended the 2018 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students in New Orleans, Louisiana, recently. Hosted annually, the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students focuses on effective strategies to serve and support the success of veterans and other military-connected students.

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khristian kemp-delisser ’01 Named LGBT Resource Center Director

The Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience announces the appointment of khristian kemp-delisser ’01 as the new director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center. kemp-delisser begins their appointment on April 2.

“We’re pleased to welcome khristian back to Syracuse University. As an alum, khristian brings a great passion for Syracuse and supporting students as they shape their own Syracuse experience. In addition to their familiarity with our campus, their experience as an educator and student life professional supporting LGBTQQIA students and fostering inclusive campus climates will greatly enhance the student experience,” says Dolan Evanovich, senior vice president for enrollment and the student experience.

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Sheila Johnson-Willis Appointed Chief Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Andrew Gordon has announced that Sheila R. Johnson-Willis has been named associate vice president and chief equal opportunity and Title IX officer. She has served in that position on an interim basis since June 2015.

“Following a national search announced last November, which attracted applicants from across the country, it became very clear to the search committee that Sheila has all the essential qualifications, skills, experience, sensitivity and commitment to carry out the duties of this critical role,” says Gordon. “She has earned the respect and trust of students, faculty and staff, and has done a stellar job of leading the office through some challenging times over the last few years.”

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Purple Reign: Prince’s Commitment to Social Justice Overlooked, James Gordon William Says

James Gordon Williams first heard Prince’s music as a high school student. “The album Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987) was popular then and Prince’s music videos were available via MTV-style music video channels,” recalls Williams, assistant professor of African American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I also had a cursory awareness of “Purple Rain,” but did not grasp the cultural significance of the landmark album and the subsequent movie at that time,” he adds.

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University Opens the Office of the University Ombuds, Announces Search Committee to Identify Permanent Ombuds

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the formal opening today of the Office of the University Ombuds. Professor Emeritus Samuel Clemence has been named to head the office in an interim capacity until a search committee identifies a permanent ombuds.

The University created the office in response to recommendations of the University Senate Committee on Women’s Concerns and the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion. It provides University staff, faculty and graduate students with an informal, confidential, impartial and independent resource to address interpersonal issues or questions openly and without fear of reprisal or judgment.

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OrangeAbility: An Afternoon of Accessible Athletics

All members of the Syracuse University community and beyond are invited to the seventh OrangeAbility on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 p.m. in the Women’s Building Gym A. This student-led initiative is sponsored by the Disability Student Union (DSU), the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC), the Disability Cultural Center(DCC), Recreation Services and community organization MoveAlong Inc.

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School of Education’s Inaugural Keith Distinguished Speaker Series to Feature Pinkney Family

A new School of Education lecture series devoted to early childhood literacy debuts this week with the most prominent family in the field of children’s literature and illustration.

Jerry Pinkney, Gloria Jean Pinkney, Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85 will visit Syracuse for a two-day residency on campus and off, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16. They will discuss how social justice and representation of African American culture in children’s literature became their life’s work. The Pinkneys will appear as the inaugural presenters in the Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Internal Grant Program to Help Advance Diversity and Inclusion Goals

The Office of the Provost has launched a new internal grant program designed to enhance and sustain an inclusive, accessible campus community. The grant program—known as the Unsurpassed Student Experience Diversity and Inclusion (USE D&I) Grant—seeks to support diversity programs and practices that deepen understanding and engagement across multiple areas of difference, including racial, ethnic, religious, disability, nationality and veteran status, among others.

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