Committees and Workgroups

Disability Access and Inclusion Council
The Disability Access and Inclusion Council was charged by the Chancellor to lead the effort to dismantle structural ableism at Syracuse University.

In the spirit of Nothing About Us Without Us, the vision of the Disability Access and Inclusion Council is to bring disability from the periphery to the center of our community’s commitment to experiencing belonging.

As people with and without disabilities and with multiple identities, the Disability Access and Inclusion Council is committed to on-going learning, not making assumptions, seeking new ideas, building partnerships, being allies with all of those who live with marginalized identities, and embracing Universal Design, as we collaboratively advance the lived experience of all with disabilities. The DAIC will facilitate the ongoing observance and practice of the Syracuse University Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Core Values and Guiding Principles — of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Council was charged by the Chancellor to lead the effort to dismantle structural ableism at Syracuse University. The DAIC meets monthly to discuss policy initiatives, process changes, community and resource development, current activities occurring on campus that may have a broader impact on people with disabilities, to implement the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan, and to develop and implement disability community service priorities. We will carry out this charge with a sense of urgency embracing and drawing upon the Syracuse University Office of Diversity and Inclusion Guiding Principles (below) to uplift the University’s disability awareness:

  1. We will enhance dialogue and actions to foster greater understanding and appreciation for the lived experiences of others.
  2. We will nurture and support a richly diverse campus community at all levels.
  3. We will advise the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion on continuing education of students, faculty, and staff to support inclusive excellence and social justice.
  4. We will support the advancement of inclusive practices via curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.

5.      We will create and develop new methods to improve access and retention of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Council is comprised of University staff, faculty, and student leaders with and without disabilities. These members strongly advocate for disability inclusion, rights, and justice, and have key executive and leadership responsibilities in our University. These members represent strategic areas of operation.

2021-2022 Member List:

  • Rahmin Azria
  • Rusty Bartels
  • Eboni Britt
  • Colleen Cameron
  • Cynthia Carnahan
  • Jenny Gluck
  • Ellen de Graffenreid
  • Mary Pat Grzymala
  • Huey Hsiao
  • Gillian Kanter
  • Kenneth Mayes
  • Beth Myers
  • William Myhill (Co-Chair)
  • Terra Peckskamp
  • Paula Possenti-Perez (Co-Chair)
  • Beth Prieve
  • Kira Reed
  • Melissa Reider
  • Katie Scanlon
  • Nicole C Westerdahl
  • Alexis Wilner
  • Stacey White
  • Joe Alfieri
  • Dana Broadnax
  • Kelly Campbell
  • Martha Diede
  • James Duah-Agyeman
  • Pamela Gavenda
  • Maurice Harris
  • James McLellan
  • Bridget O'Bernstein
  • Joey Pagano
  • John Rossiter
  • Kal Srinivas
  • Cory Wallack

Council on Diversity and Inclusion
At the recommendation of the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the creation of a new University-wide Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) at Syracuse University believes in all people’s dignity and worth. These beliefs commit us to ensuring diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible living, learning and working environments for all.  Our campus aspires to create an environment where all members of our community experience a sense of belonging, acceptance, and welcome.  We value diverse identities, cultural perspectives, and worldviews. Difference should never mean devaluation, nor should it result in discrimination. We believe that diversity and inclusion enhance who we are as students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Syracuse University.

2021-2022 Membership List:

  • Joseph Alfieri
  • Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy
  • Dana Broadnax
  • Jorge Castillo
  • Shiu-Kai Chin
  • Sharon Cole
  • Francine D'Amico
  • Sheriah  Dixon
  • Keith Doss
  • James Duah-Agyeman
  • Jerry Edmonds
  • Triston Ezidore
  • Marie Garland
  • Jenny Gluck
  • Kathleen Haley
  • Maurice Harris
  • Brittnee Johnson
  • Cydney Johnson
  • Sheila Johnson-Willis
  • Gwenn Judge
  • Brian Konkol
  • William Myhill
  • Christabel Osei-Bobie Sheldon
  • Seth Ovadia
  • Ricky Pak
  • Teresita Paniagua
  • Terra Peckskamp
  • Pamela Peter
  • Paula Marie Possenti-Perez
  • Tommy Powell
  • Rob Pusch
  • Kira Reed
  • Sweta Roy
  • Marsha Senior
  • Kal Srinivas
  • Taylor Stover
  • Juan Tavares
  • Craig Tucker
  • Erika Wilkens
  • Ryan Williams
  • Tanya Williamson

Academic Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
The group exists to support those who lead DEIA work in all academic units across the university, and the group members collaborate to develop and to use evidence-based practices and to promote these across campus.

The group exists to support those who lead DEIA work in all academic units across the university, and the group members collaborate to develop and to use evidence-based practices and to promote these across campus.

  • Create a robust community across the group members to offer mutual support, including sharing data and proposals to maximize resources and minimize effort and duplication.
  • Share and collaborate on activities and strategies to advance academic infrastructure related to DEIA learning and professional development.
  •  Create, develop, and reinforce ourselves as resources for processes that occur across campus in academic units other than our own.
  • Support the resiliency of those who work in DEIA across academic units (support recruitment, retention, and climate issues for this group).

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