Kal Alston is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University where she served as Associate Provost, Senior Associate Provost, and Senior Vice President. Since 2016, she has served as Interim Executive Director of Community Folk Art Center, a multi-disciplinary community-facing arts and culture center that is a unit of African American Studies. As of July 1, 2018, she is appointed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education.
Alston is a philosopher of education and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and AB in Drama at Dartmouth College. Her early scholarship focused on the ethical dimensions of teaching; representation of teaching in popular culture; the social and philosophical foundations of the middle school; formations of youth culture in media; and race and gender in educational policy. In recent years she has been a speaker and presenter on topics in higher education, including women in STEM, engaged scholarship and teaching, sexual harassment, race and implicit bias in higher education, and the ethics of leadership. She was the PI of SU’s NSF ADVANCE-IT grant from 2013-17 and has been a consultant to institutions in the Advance network. She continues to write and speak about the salience of popular culture representation related to race and gender in the production of public policy.
Beth Broadway is currently the President/CEO of InterFaith Works, a 42-year old non-profit organization founded and operating in Central New York that affirms the dignity of each person and every faith community. Through its programs, InterFaith Works uses service, education, and dialogue to build bridges in a divided world and to provide comfort to frail elderly people, job opportunities to healthy seniors, refugee resettlement annually for 500 new Americans, chaplains in the jails, hospitals, and nursing homes, and dialogues between people of different ethnicities and backgrounds to break down stereotypes, build understanding, and alliances.
Prior to becoming CEO, she led the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism (now the El-Hindi Center for Dialogue), a program to break down stereotypes, build trusting relationships, and address racial equity and the systemic problem of racism in our community. She initiated the annual Duck Race to End Racism now in its 15th year. Beth is also the designer and facilitator of The Leadership Classroom, a project of the Central New York Community Foundation, which trains and equips neighborhood leaders to develop projects that improve city neighborhoods, and engage neighborhood residents in their community. She was the principal consultant on the development of the City of Syracuse’s neighborhood planning program, Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today. She currently serves on the boards of the Human Services Leadership Council, Christ the King Retreat House, KeyBank’s Community Panel, and Upstate University’s Oasis program and Community Advisors.
Syeisha Byrd serves as the Director of Engagement Programs of Hendricks Chapel. A native of Syracuse, she works towards engaging students and staff through long-term and short-term service opportunities in the City of Syracuse. Syeisha holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She has over 16 years of experience working with youth and youth organizations in Syracuse. She connected in the city serving as a board member for the Near Westside Initiative, United Way’s community impact committee, and newly collaborating with Northside Up. On campus, Syeisha serves on the MLK community celebration committee and is a facilitator for Conversations around Race and Ethnicity. Her greatest joy is being a mom.
Beth A. Ferri is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she also coordinates the Doctoral program in Special Education and is an Associate Faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Professor Ferri teaches courses in adapting instruction for diverse learners, critical issues in inclusive education, and doctoral seminars in gender, race, sexuality and disability. Professor Ferri has published widely on the intersection of race, gender, and disability, including articles in Teachers College Record, Race Ethnicity and Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Remedial & Special Education, Gender & Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, and the Journal of African American History.
Her first book, published in 2006 (with David J. Connor), Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates, documents how problematic rhetorics of race and dis/ability were used to maintain and justify segregated education in the U.S. after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. In 2013 she co-edited Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies Law and Education with Arlene Kanter (Syracuse University Press). Her third book, DisCrit: Disability studies & Critical Race Theory in Education, co-edited with David Connor and Subini Annamma, was published in 2016 (Teachers College Press).
Anne E. Mosher is Chair of the Maxwell Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program and Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. A Senior Research Fellow in the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, she is also a member of the inaugural class of New York Public Scholars for the New York Council for the Humanities; a past board member to the Alden Street Foundation, a local organization that provides seed money for community-based projects in low-income neighborhoods; and volunteers at St. Lucy’s Food Pantry on Syracuse’s Near Westside. A holder of Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in geography from the Pennsylvania State University, Mosher attended Lancaster University (U.K.) where she studied social (public) administration, comparative foreign policy, and urban political geography. She graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College with double majors in geography and international studies.
Mosher’s teaching and research interests focus on the history of urban planning and infrastructure (including the Erie Canal), engaged placemaking, crisis and disaster management, public memory as expressed via social media, and interdisciplinary theories of space and place. Mosher’s 2004 book, Capital’s Utopia (Johns Hopkins University Press), is based on work that won the Association of American Geographers’ Nystrom Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation research and chronicles the creation of the first model industrial town planned by Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape architectural firm. Currently, she is writing a book that explores user-generated content about New York State found on Trip Advisor, Ancestry, and Facebook. With a working title of Low Bridge, Everybody Down: Social Media Geographies and the Reinvention of New York State and the Erie Canal, Mosher’s book suggests relevant “talking points” for fostering local civic engagement, possible sites for grassroots-driven economic and social development, and calls for geographers and historians to pay greater attention to the work of “citizen” and “DIY” lay scholars who are publishing their work for online audiences.
Tere Paniagua is the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences. She oversees the management and programming of two SU-sponsored off-campus art centers: La Casita Cultural Center and Punto de Contacto-Point of Contact. Both programs are co-curricular portals for cultural heritage research, media studies, Latin American arts and education programming connecting Hispanic communities on and off the SU campus. Close to 300 college students engage in programs at these two centers each year through credit-based internships, research and course-related activities, community services and/or volunteering. She is Associate Editor of Point of Contact publications and an Adjunct faculty at Syracuse University where she teaches two Spanish courses. She received the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Community Engagement for Hispanic Journalistic Practices (SPA 402).
Scott Stevens is an Associate Professor and Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies program at Syracuse University. He is also an Associate Professor in the English Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and received both his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in English from Harvard University.
His primary research and teaching interests is in Native American cultures of the Northeast from the pre-colonial period to the present, with specialized area interests in visual culture, museum studies, and Native American literatures. His published works include: Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians, Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at the Tacoma Art Museum, and Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North.