Inclusive Excellence Tour Comes to Campus Nov. 16

Nationally recognized diversity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams will visit Syracuse University on Thursday, Nov. 16, and Friday, Nov. 17, as part of the Inclusive Excellence Tour. The nationwide Inclusive Excellence Tour brings communities together for discussion about diversity, equity, inclusion and change. Through this effort, Williams aims to empower one million leaders and 5,000 organizations to use more evidence-based diversity, equity and inclusion strategies to achieve meaningful change. Find out more at SU News.

University to Host State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The ninth annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities runs Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center and the Schine Student Center.

Including a first-time parallel Student Leadership Conference, the event will draw more than 300 participants, providing opportunities for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to learn about the current state of research and practice in the field and to network with each other. Panels include faculty and staff from postsecondary education initiatives, parents, self-advocates and other experts sharing effective practices during breakout sessions with opportunities for group discussion. The student conference will bring high school and college students into the conversation.

For the first time, the conference—hosted by George Mason University’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities and the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University—takes place in Syracuse.

Read the full article at SU News.

International Thanksgiving Celebration Will Introduce Students to American Thanksgiving Tradition on Nov. 16

International students will be treated to an American Thanksgiving meal, featuring traditional fare, at Syracuse University’s 33rd International Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The event will be held in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The celebration is open to all of the University’s international students. Tickets are required and sold out last week.

Turkey and the traditional trimmings, such as dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie are part of the dinner, which is designed to introduce international students to the American Thanksgiving tradition. The meal is served family style, and members of the University and greater Syracuse communities serve as table hosts, keeping conversation lively and answering questions about the celebration.

View the full story at SU News.

Recent Progress Noted on Diversity and Inclusion Recommendations

Progress is being made on several fronts regarding recommendations made by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion (CWDI) to enhance the campus climate for all members of the University community.

University leadership and the Universitywide Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) note the advancement of several initiatives that have emerged from the recommendations. The council, which was one of the first CWDI recommendations implemented, meets regularly—most recently, Nov. 1—and works with the University community on measures to achieve a more diverse and inclusive campus.

“The work of achieving a diverse and inclusive campus is an ongoing, substantive effort that requires boldness and perseverance,” says council co-chair Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center. “The council’s work is the work of our entire campus and we are even better and can achieve more when we come together as a community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are all crucial voices in this imperative process.”

Read about the developments on the recommendations at SU News.

Live Virtual Conference: ‘Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference’

All University faculty, staff and students are invited to the Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, a live, web-based conference focused on accessible media, web and technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). The 20th annual main conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 15-17, and the virtual conference will be hosted in two locations on the University campus. Registration is free; please register online by Monday, Nov. 13, for the sessions you plan to attend.

University Continues Celebration for Native Heritage Month

Throughout the month of November, the Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, in collaboration with student organizations and campus partners, hosts Native Heritage Month. Native Heritage Month offers a variety of events to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of native people. Read more at SU News.

Trans Day of Remembrance Featuring Jennicet Gutiérrez on Nov. 8

The LGBT Resource Center, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, presents Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is nationally observed on Nov. 20 and honors those who have lost their lives to transphobic violence. To ensure students can participate in commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance, the LGBT Resource Center will be honoring this day on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and feature an address by trans activist Jennicet Gutiérrez. The address will be from 7-9 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. Read more at SU News.