Category Archives: Announcements

Email for Chancellor Syverud

Below is an email response from the Chancellor that was sent out to students.

July 1, 2014

Dear Orange Friends:

As we enter the heart of summer, which gives us all time to reflect, I have been thinking a lot about two tough issues.

The first is the integration and alignment of the services of the Advocacy Center with the Counseling Center and the offices of Student Assistance and Health Promotion. I know change is hard and this has been a tough change for some students and campus community members.

This change was made for the most important of reasons: to provide the best possible service to students affected by sexual violence. This includes providing completely confidential and privileged services under recent federal guidelines and state law that allows survivors to make choices that are right for them as they seek support. This new structure is the same as other similar and well-respected centers in Syracuse, including Vera House and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

I have heard from students, faculty, staff and other supporters of the Advocacy Center and I respect and value their passionately held views about its importance. I do not intend to revert to the previous structure, but I do want to preserve within the new structure the positive contributions the Advocacy Center made to our campus community. To ensure this occurs, I will be appointing a Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy, which will include students, faculty and staff representatives. The workgroup will provide Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, senior vice president and dean of student affairs, and her staff with ideas, suggestions and proposals for how aspects of the Advocacy Center’s programs and services can be better integrated within the new structure. While I want this effort to begin right away, I expect the workgroup’s activities won’t fully begin until everyone returns to campus in August.

The second issue I have been reflecting on is freedom of speech. I’ve learned that when people are passionate about issues we (including me) occasionally say things that annoy or offend others. Yet it is vital, at a great university, that people become passionate about ideas and issues and that we hear from those with different, passionately held views. For that reason, I think we should be very careful before trying to punish “offensive” or “annoying” speech. The best response, I believe, to speech that offends or annoys us is more speech, hopefully civil and responsible. In any event, during this July 4th week, I want you to know I am a believer in free speech and I hope to model that in the future.


Chancellor Kent Syverud


Email from Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz

Below is an email sent out by Rebecca Kantrowitz in response to the first Listening Meeting. The next meeting will be July 30th, 4:30-6:00 in Panaschi Lounge in the Schine Student Center.

June 27, 2014

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I would like to thank the campus community members who attended our first Listening Meeting on June 23, at which we discussed the realignment of the Advocacy Center services. I believe it was an honest, heartfelt and productive dialogue that allowed us to clarify questions, enable campus community members to share their concerns and begin to think about next steps within the new structure.

As I shared at the meeting, having heard from many people since May 30, I do believe what we have in common is a strong desire to build a caring, understanding and connected community that is committed to preventing sexual assault and relationship violence.

As I indicated in my previous letter, we designated the Counseling Center to serve as the primary point of access for students seeking services related to sexual violence because of the following reasons:
As a confidential and privileged resource, it affords students the maximum privacy under federal and state law. This will provide clarity to students affected by sexual violence and offer them a full sense of control and freedom to make choices that are right for them the moment they reach out and seek support.
The center has 17 trained staff members who provide advocacy and counseling services to students impacted by sexual and/or relationship violence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The University will continue reporting non-identifying information regarding incidents of sexual violence to the federal government and make that data publicly available. While the Advocacy Center is no longer a stand-alone entity, the services it provided will continue and be enhanced under the new structure. At the Listening Meeting, five key themes emerged from both attendees and Student Affairs staff:
Decision-making process
Privileged vs. confidential
Counseling Center services
Educating the campus community about the new structure
A more complete summary of Monday’s meeting will be posted soon on the Student Affairs website. In addition, dates for future Listening Meetings, along with summaries of those meetings, will be posted there as well. Our next Listening Meeting will be held on July 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Panasci Lounge at the Schine Student Center.

I look forward to hearing any new thoughts or concerns at future Listening Meetings in July and moving forward.

Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz
Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Listening Meeting #1 Attendance

For those who were not at the meeting yesterday, here is a list of people who were on the University’s “panel” so to speak…

Rebecca Kantrowitz, Dean of Student Affairs
Cory Wallack, Director of the Counseling Center
Rebecca Dayton, Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness
Katelyn Cowen, Director of the Office of Health Promotion
Cynthia Maxwell Curtin, Title IX Coordinator
Jill Ouikahilo, Director of Communications/Media Relations for Student Affairs

The Chancellor was not present.

RE Listenting Meetings

Paul, Erin, and I want everyone to know that we support and respect each of your decisions about whether or not to attend the first Listening Meeting held by RRK on June 23rd. We urge you to do whatever is the right choice for YOU. Also, please feel free to post why you are or are not going on this page as we welcome and value each one of your thoughts, feelings, responses, and opinions.

SU Faculty Petition…

Faculty Support for #BringBackTheAC…

As members of the Syracuse University community, we want to voice our serious concern over the sudden closing of the Advocacy Center, a valuable resource we believe is essential in building a safer campus for all members of the SU community. To suggest that the work of the Advocacy Center will now be folded into the Counseling Center shows a lack of knowledge about sexual and relationship violence on the SU campus.

We are deeply concerned about the manner in which this decision was implemented at a time when most members of the SU community are away for the summer. We strongly believe that such changes, which impact the safety of our community, should involve input from students, faculty and staff across campus.

Since the decision was first announced, there have been 5715 signatories to the student petition on this matter, a clear indication of the need for the input of various campus constituencies. We ask that all changes to Student Affairs Sexual Violence Support Services, as indicated in the May 30th “Changes II” memorandum, be postponed until the after the following can occur:

1) The completion of a campus climate survey, as recommended by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, and currently scheduled for Fall 2014 on our campus.

2) Opportunities are clearly presented for campus-wide dialogue with students, faculty and staff when they are all physically present on campus.

3) A thorough analysis of the methodological approaches to care for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence that are utilized by the Advocacy Center and the Counseling Center. The difference in approaches to care is particularly crucial to support students from diverse backgrounds, utilizing a non-U.S. centric model. This includes students who in the event of an assault, would rarely, if ever, reach out to a mental health intervention/resource.
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Linda Carty, Associate Professor, African American Studies
John Burdick, Professor and Chair, Anthropology, Maxwell School
Sari Biklen, Professor Emeritus, School of Education
Barbara Appelbaum, Chair and Associate Professor, Cultural Foundations of Education, School of Education
Micere Gitae Mugo, Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, African American Studies
Kwame Dixon, Assistant Professor, African American Studies
Herbert Ruffin II, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Romita Ray, Associate Professor, Art and Music Histories
Himika Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor, Geography, Maxwell School
Kristy Buzard, Assistant Professor, Economics, Maxwell School
Vivian May, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Margaret Thompson, Professor, History, Maxwell School
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies & Writing and Rhetoric
Eileen Schell, Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric
Donald Mitchell, Distinguished Professor, Geography, Maxwell School
Erin Rand, Assistant Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, VPA
Cecelia Green, Associate Professor, Sociology, Maxwell School
Beth Ferri, Professor, Teaching and Leadership, School of Education
Lori Brown, Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Sekou Cooke, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Gail Hamner, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Religion
George Theoharis, Associate Dean and Chair, Teaching and Leadership, School of Education
Yutaka Sho, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Associate Professor, Art and Music Histories
Cathy Engstrom, Chair and Associate Professor, Higher Education
Kathleen A Hinchman, Professor, Reading and Language Arts, School of Education
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Associate Professor, English
Dalia Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Cultural Foundations of Education
Susannah Saylor, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Francisco Sanin, Professor, School of Architecture
Susan Henderson, Professor, School of Architecture
Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Tod Rutherford, Professor and Chair, Geography, Maxwell School
Matt Huber, Assistant Professor, Geography, Maxwell School
Kheli Willetts, Professor of Practice & Director of CFAC, African American Studies
Renate Simson, Professor, African American Studies
Dawn R Johnson, Associate Professor of Higher Education, School of Education
Vincent William Lloyd, Assistant Professor, Religion
Pedro di Pietro, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Edward Morris, Adjunct Professor, Transmedia, VPA
Roger Hallas, Professor, English & Director, LGBT Studies Program
Stephan Mahan, Director, Photography and Literacy (PAL) Project
Karen E. Kirkhart, Professor, Social Work, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Anne Demo, Associate Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, VPA
Bradford J. Vivian, Associate Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, VPA
Amy Kallander, Associate Professor, History, Maxwell School
Horace Campbell, Professor, African American Studies
Carol Barbiracki, Associate Professor, Art and Music Histories
Paula Johnson, Professor, College of Law
Janis McDonald, Professor, College of Law
Anne C. Bellows, Professor, Food Studies, David B. Falk College


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