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Interdisciplinary Disability Dialogues Spring 2022: (Dis)courses: April 7, April 11 & April 19

Join the Burton Blatt Institute’s (BBI) Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach (OIPO) and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature  for the latest in an exciting, ongoing series on disability literature, media, and the arts, focusing on critical reflection, teaching, and research in today’s world.

Healing, Ethics of Care, and Ecocrip Sensibilities With Naomi Ortiz

Thursday, April 7, 2022

5:00-6:30 p.m. EST VIA Zoom | Register for this event:

Enabling and “Cripping” the Back-to-the-Land Movement With Clark A. Pomerleau

Monday, April 11, 2022

12:00-1:30 p.m. EST VIA Zoom | Register for this event:

The Ethics of Passing and Disability Disclosure in Higher Education With Joseph A. Stramondo

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

5:00-6:30 P.M. EST via Zoom | Register for this event:

The Spring 2022 (Dis)courses Series is sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach (OIPO) at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, with very special thanks to the Syracuse University Libraries, and with additional support from the Center on Disability and Inclusion, the Central New York Humanities Corridor Health Humanities Working Group (Medicine, Disease, Disability, and Culture), the Consortium for Culture and Medicine, Cultural Foundations of Education, Dept. of Biology, Dept. of English, Dept. of History, Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Disability Cultural Center, Disability Studies, The Graduate School, Hendricks Chapel, Information Technology Services, the Intergroup Dialogue Program, La Casita Cultural Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center, LGBTQ Studies, the Renée Crown University Honors Program, the School of Education, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, live captioning, and image descriptions will be provided during each event. Additional accommodations requests for each event can be made when registering via Zoom. The events will be recorded, and accessible videos will be shared publicly on the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach (OIPO) website ( Copies of selected texts will be available for purchase via the Syracuse University Campus Store (

Visit (Dis)courses online ( to register for the Zoom webinars and learn more about the series and our co-sponsors.

Questions? Contact us via email at

Original series poster designed by Prof. Emily Vey Duke.

The digital poster uses a golden yellow and red color palette with black sans serif lettering and some white space. The Burton Blatt Institute Syracuse University logo—three abstract black figures spiraling into a circle—appears at the top.

Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation Award to support Witness to Injustice events and follow up dialogue

Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation Award received from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to support collaborative work across The Barnes Center, Hendricks Chapel, and the Intergroup Dialogue Program

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This December (2021), the Intergroup Dialogue Program together with Hendricks Chapel was awarded a “racial equity and interfaith cooperation co-curricular grant” from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Hendricks Chapel will be matching the IFYC grant ($1000) to augment the Spring 2022 activities of the Syracuse University Collaborative Working Group for Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation. The working group gives thanks to the generosity of IFYC and Hendricks Chapel. With these funds, the working group is partnering with The Barnes Center and staff member Diane Schenandoah to support and promote two Witness to Injustice / Blanket Exercises (3/29, 4/11); and offer a subsequent dialogue (4/20)

Diane Schenandoah, Oneida/Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper of the Wolf Clan and Honwadiyenawa’sek at the Barnes Center at The Arch, is bringing the “Witness to Injustice” exercise to Syracuse University to seek common understanding and spiritual healing. Witness to Injustice (WTI) is a unique 2-3 hour interactive group teaching tool using participatory education to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Participants learn about Indigenous experiences and historical impact for the past 500 years including colonization, conquest, and attempted genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, especially in the territory stewarded by people of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee Nations. The exercise is designed to raise awareness of European conquest and Indigenous resistance and survival. Participants engage and explore this shared history that non-Indigenous peoples rarely learn. The exercise, at Syracuse University, is facilitated by the Syracuse community-based NOON organization (Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation) together with residents of the Onondaga Nation.

The subsequent dialogue to be offered by the working group in partnership with Diane Schenandoah, will take place a week after the final exercise this spring. This dialogue seeks to provide space for exchange across racial, ethnic, and faith based communities and asks, “Now that we have this awareness, what can we do as a Syracuse University community?”


Next WTI Exercises – Faculty, staff, administrators and students invited to attend

Tuesday 3/29                4-6:30 pm                    Noble Room, Hendricks

Monday 4/11                4-6:30 pm                    Noble Room, Hendricks

To register:                       Diane Schenandoah

Follow-up dialogue – Past SU participants from any of the WTI Exercises invited

Wednesday 4/20        4-5:30 pm                    Noble Room, Hendricks

To register:                       Diane Swords               Click here to register!

To note: Any change in location/format will be announced to registrants by email and updated here.

The cross-campus collaborative group coordinating the IFYC “racial equity and interfaith cooperation co-curricular grant” activities at Syracuse University currently includes: Diane Swords (Facilitator/Trainer) from the Intergroup Dialogue Program; El Java Abdul-Qadir, Director of the Southside Innovation Center and adjunct professor at the Whitman School of Management; Mariana Rufin, undergraduate student (Arts & Sciences, ‘22) and NOON intern; and chaplains from Hendricks Chapel including Rabbi Sarah Noyovitz (Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain), Gail Riina (Lutheran Chaplain), JoAnn Cooke (Buddhist Chaplain), and Bonnie Shoultz (Assistant Buddhist Chaplain). For more information about the IFYC grant project at Syracuse University, contact Diane Swords (

CNY Teachers of Color Dialogues January 24-May 16

The Syracuse University Study Council and the Intergroup Dialogue Program invite educators of color in CNY to participate in the development of a supportive online community facilitated by Dr. Courtney Mauldin and Easton Davis. Dialogue sessions will be held via Zoom on select Mondays starting January 24 through May 16. Limited space is available. Applications are requested by December 15, 2021.

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Mondays 2022 via Zoom:

Jan. 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Feb. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Feb. 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Mar. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Mar. 21, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Apr. 4, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

May 2, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

May 16, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Participants will receive a welcome kit and mentor text on behalf of the Syracuse University Study Council and Intergroup Dialogue program.


Genealogies of Anti-Asian/Asia Violences Symposium, Thursday, March 24th and Friday March 25th

The Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium presents a symposium interrogating the histories and trajectories of anti-Asian violences.

The recent surge of racially motivated attacks on Asians in the United States brought renewed attention to the issue of anti-Asian violence. It is necessary to situate this rising tide of violence in the broader histories that have produced it. By taking up “Asia” as a fraught geopolitical category that is formed through imperialist projects, this symposium attends to the underlying logics of violence that are crucial to rendering these histories legible. Building connections that are enabled by transnational, relational, and critical lenses not only will deepen insights into the discourse of anti-Asian violence, but also will allow a meaningful consideration of the implications of this moment for solidarity and movement building. This symposium will convene a cohort of scholars, students, and activists whose work can collectively help trace the genealogies and geographies of anti-Asian violence.

Thursday, March 24

4:00 –5:00 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room)

Friday, March 25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room)

9:30 am Opening Remarks by Symposium Organizers

Susan Thomas (Cultural Foundations of Education)
Antonio Tiongson (Department of English)

9:45 am Roundtable: Queering Solidarities: Race, Caste, and Gender

Chris Eng (Department of English, University of Washington in St. Louis)
Gaurav Pathania (Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University)
William Mosley (Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities, Wake Forest University)
Esther K. (Red Canary Song Collective)
Discussant: Viranjini Munasinghe (Department of Anthropology, Cornell University)

11:00 am Panel: Cripping Violence, Indigeneity and Pedagogy: Global Perspectives

Juliann Anesi (Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Deepika Meena (Department of Anthropology, IIT Gandhinagar)
Edward Nadurata (Department of Global and International Studies, UC Irvine)
Discussant: Michael Gill (Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University)

2:30 pm Panel: Transnational Asia: Feminist & Decolonial Critiques

Juliana Hu Pegues (Literatures in English, Cornell)
Danika Medak-Saltzman (Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University)
Deepti Misri (Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Discussant: Mona Bhan (Anthropology and Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University)

3:30 pm Closing keynote
Speaker: Ikyo Day (Mount Holyoke College)
“Nuclear Antipolitics and the Queer Art of Logistical Failure”
For more information or to request accessibility arrangements, please contact Emera Bridger Wilson,

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Homebase BIPOC Dialogues at Euclid 113 from March 4-April 8

You are invited to participate in a co-curricular five-week dialogue series, Homebase BIPOC Dialogues, co-facilitated by Easton Davis, Ph.D. Student – Cultural Foundations of Education, and Bushra Naqi – Public Relations major in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (2023). This new co-curricular initiative is designed as a healing, restorative space for students of color to explore emotions, cultural expressions, and knowledge-making processes in relation to the body. Each week we will engage in some grounding techniques and art-based activities. Through dialogue, we will rethink our definitions of rage, love, joy, hope, and vulnerability. 

After completing the five-week dialogue, session participants will receive a complimentary gift for the Salt City Market. We hope to see you soon!

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Friday,  March 4, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday,  March 11, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday,  March 25, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday,  April 1, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday,  April 8, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: 113 Euclid Room 105, The Native Student Program & Intergroup Dialogue Program House 

Registration is open to all undergraduate students across Syracuse University who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, however, priority is given to students who register by February 28 and reside in one of MLLCs (Multicultural Living Learning Communities). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, and registration is required.

Click here to register

Email with any questions Easton Davis:

Come Join Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each Other Workshop This Fall

Tan’si (greetings) –

Please join us in a Fall 2021 outdoor journaling series as part of Syracuse University Intergroup Dialogue Program’s Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each Other facilitated by Ionah Scully (Cree-Métis/Irish, Michel First Nation), Ph.D. Student in Cultural Foundations of Education. A space and opportunity for Black and Indigenous people with other people of color to be in community in the land, this a 3-session series to offer healing, community, and a reclamation of our relationships to land and other-than-human kin. In the series, registrants will engage in meditation, light hiking, and dance/movement activities according to their desire and abilities and be given journaling prompts to help them make deeper meaning from these experiences. A brief discussion will follow.

Each registrant will be given a free journal at the start of the series and, upon completion of all sessions, an additional gift of a hiking backpack and a book, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future edited by Melissa K. Nelson to thank them for being a part of building this community together. Registration is open to adults age 18+ who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or other people of color. This program is made possible by a grant from the New York Public Humanities and sponsorship with the Intergroup Dialogue program. It is also supported by the Resilient Indigenous Action Collective.

When: Saturdays

Oct. 2 | Oct. 23 | Nov. 13

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Thornden Park’s Rose Garden meeting place for 1st session | group will decide the location for subsequent 2 sessions

For more information, please email Ionah at Fall Journaling Session 2021 flyer 

Kinanâskomitin (thank you)

Join us this Friday March 19 – The Activist Academic – Book Q&A

Book CoverJoin the Cultural Foundations of Education Spring 2021 Colloquium and the Intergroup Dialogue Program for book Q&A:

Friday March 19 4-6:30 pm online

The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope, and Social Change

Colette Cann, Ph.D. is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of San Francisco with research interests including critical race theory, race and K-12 and higher education, whiteness and education, intergroup dialogue, and collaborations with teachers, students, and community organizations.

Eric DeMeulenaere, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Clark University with research interests including urban education, teacher inquiry, organizational cultures, critical and liberatory pedagogies, and participatory action research.

Register here to receive the Zoom link

The registration form includes the opportunity for participants to sign up for a socially distanced pick-up of a baked good (from Sweet Praxis) on campus the day of the event.

The form also includes space to indicate access needs or accommodations. Auto-caption option will be available.

Email with any questions:

Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each Other – Workshop on March 24

Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each Other WorkshopTan’si (greetings) –

You are invited to participate in an interactive Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each Other workshop facilitated by Ionah Scully (Cree-Métis, Michel First Nation), PhD Student – Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University and participants of the 2020 Dialogue with the Land, Dialogue with Each other series.

This workshop is designed as a healing, restorative space for us to begin to engage in activities that help us reflect more deeply on our relationships with the land (including waters, sky, etc.) and in turn how those relationships impact or reflect our relationships with one another as human beings. Unlike some other traditional Zoom workshops, we will also engage in virtual land-based activities as well as dance/movement activities with accessibility options provided. We hope to see you there to celebrate the Goose Moon and the Spring Equinox!

When: Wednesday, March 24 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm EST.

Where: Zoom link sent to follow registration.
Captioning will be provided through Zoom.

The first ten (10) people to register and attend the workshop will be gifted a Contigo water bottle and a decal with the Dialogue with the Land logo on it for pick up at the Intergroup Dialogue/Native Student Program House at 113 Euclid Avenue in Syracuse. You can arrange for pickup on the registration form linked below. Buttons with the logo are also available for pickup at the same location for all registrants.

To register, please click on this link: (register here

We thank the Intergroup Dialogue Program, the Native Student Program, and the Resilient Indigenous Action Collective for their sponsorship of this event.

We look forward to dialoguing with you and the land together and you may email with any questions.

Upcoming Book Talk 10/30 with Cerri Banks & Alex Vasquez on College Student Activism

No Justice, No Peace
College Student Activism, Race Relations & Media Cultures

Join the Intergroup Dialogue Program for a presentation and discussion with co-editors

  • Cerri Banks, Ph.D. ’06
    Dean of Students & Vice President for Student Affairs, Skidmore College
  • Alex Vasquez, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Consulting Services & Senior Consultant, Keeling & Associates

on their current book project

No Justice, No Peace:
College Student Activism, Race Relations & Media Cultures

Given limited space available, and
to request accessibility or accommodations
and receive Zoom link, please register.

Transformative Dialogue Among SUCOL Student Leaders begins October 2

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Transformative Dialogue among Syracuse University College of Law Student Leaders begins this Friday, October 2. This 5-week co-curricular dialogue developed in partnership with the Intergroup Dialogue Program brings together a committed group of second and third year students, every Friday in October, to share and explore: lived experiences of socialization, intersectionality, power and privilege, systemic racism, critical issues in our current educational and national landscape and climate, and collective action.

The intergroup dialogue (IGD) is co-facilitated by Professor Suzette Melendez, faculty director of inclusion initiatives at the College of Law, and Intergroup Dialogue Program facilitator and teaching assistant Easton Davis, a doctoral student in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education at the School of Education.

We are excited to partner together on this important initiative, with these dynamic students, at this urgent time for recognizing and naming systemic inequities while building strong and constructive community for change.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us: Easton Davis and Gretchen Lopez.