Department News

Fall 2016

Fellowships, grants, appointments, community involvement, and awards:

  • Kelsey Dayle John was appointed as a teaching assistant in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Syracuse University for the academic year of 2016-2017. She also completed Linguistic Training: Diné Bizaad Naalkaah (Navajo Language Academy) at Navajo Technical University in July, 2016.
  • Hayley Marama Cavino (PhD Candidate) was appointed program coordinator for the Democratizing Knowledge Project in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences in August.
  • Ashley Taylor (CFE Alumni) was selected for a tenure track position at Colgate University in the Educational Studies department.
  • Julie Ficarra has developed a new course for returned study abroad students, EDU 300: Critical Reflection on Study Abroad and taught it in both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. And she has also developed a Collaborative Online International Learning partnership for her EDU 321 course: International Education for Transformation class, between my students and students at the American College of Sofia, Bulgaria – they co-authored weekly blog posts together on ‘big questions’ in International Education.
  • Julie Ficarra also served on the Fast Forward Strategic Planning Internationalization Working Group at Syracuse University, and Internationalization Advisory Council to the University of Yangon, Myanmar through the Institute of International Education Connecting the World Program
  • Blair Smith has been appointed as a University Scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Kimberly Williams Brown has received the following awards/recognition:
    • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Social Science Research Council, March 2016;
    • Joan Lukas Rothenberg Graduate Student Service Award, April 2016. The Joan Lukas Rothenberg Graduate Student Service Award recognizes the work of a WGS CAS student who has contributed to feminist education on campus through direct service to the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and/or thelarger SU community.
  • Kimberly Williams Brown also serves/ed the following roles at Syracuse University: Co-President, School of Education Graduate Council; Co-President, Cultural Foundations of Education Graduate Council; Outreach Coordinator, Black Graduate Student Association; Post- Doc search committee, student representative. She served as a consultant/facilitator at the Colgate University IGD facilitated retreat (two days) in May 2016. She was asked to give a keynote talk, titled, “National Association of Negro Business Professional Women” at Syracuse University in March 2016.
  • Jordan S. West was appointed as the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Princeton University. In regards to university positions and membership, she has been involved in the following: Coordinator of Conversations About Race & Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) through the Division of Student Affairs; Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FASA) Director Search Committee, Member; Cultural Foundations of Education Council, Co-President; Black Graduate Student Association, Social Chair Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion, University Nominated & Selected Member; Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center Associate Director, Search Committee, Co-Chair; Senior Vice President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, Member. In regards to professional organizations, Jordan has been involved in the following: PAN African Network, Coalition of Multicultural Affairs - American College Personnel Association (ACPA): Equity & Inclusion Chair (2015-2016) Chair Elect (2016-2017); American Educational Research Association (AERA) Campus Liaison. She has also been asked to be a guest instructor for "Education for Transformation" and "Culturally Competent Healthcare" workshops at Syracuse University. She was also a student representative for the School of Education Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
  • Ernest Daily has been heavily involved in the community. He serves as an affiliate for College Summit-College Coach UConn/Amherst College, which works with high schools to identify the most influential students in a class and enlist those students into their corps of College Summit Peer Leaders.He was also the Creator/Host/Organizer of the 5th Annual Men in STEM Conference, which is an annual conference is designed to empower young men of color to pursue STEM related professions. Through the use of interactive activities that have real life implications and panel discussions the participants gain knowledge from the experiences shared by established professionals in the STEM fields. He was also a co-facilitator for the Writing Our Lives conference, which is a program dedicated to promoting writing in the lives of youth, in and out of school, and works with teachers and community groups to cultivate writers where he conducted a workshop titled,“Freedom? You ask’n me about Freedom?” He was the host/organizer for the 3rd Annual "The BlackManCan Institute," which is designed to uplift, empower, educate, and motivate young men of color with the purpose to provide comfort and support. In regards to Professional and Civic Affiliations, Ernest has been involved in the following: American College Personnel Association (ACPA); College Student Personnel Association of New York State (CSPA-NYS); National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA); National Urban League/Young Professionals Network; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated - Guide Right Chair; Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) - Board of Directors. He has received the following awards and honors: East Carolina University Class of 2016 40 Under 40 Honoree, and Syracuse University Class of 2016 Itanwa Orinwa Graduate Student Speaker.


  • Julie Ficarra presented “Race, Development, and ‘Benevolent Power’ at Home and Abroad” at the 2016 New York State Foundations of Education Conference, Cortland, NY. She also presented “The Education of Belonging: Exploring the Politics of Space and Memory Using Documentary Film” with Sam Avery at the 2015 American Educational Studies Association Conference, San Antonio.
  • Hayley Marama Cavino presented at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference held at UH Manoa, Honolulu HI in late May. Her paper was entitled "Our Love on The Land: Maori Intimate Economy in Scarcity Times" and was presented as part of the panel Indigenous Economies of Abundance: Art Grown through Land-Based Activism in the Pacific.
  • Kelsey Dayle John presented following conference papers:
    • Affirming Native Identity: Connecting Deficit Thinking and Lateral Violence. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC (April, 2016).
    • Collaborations Against Settler Colonialism: Excavating the Educational Sites and Possibilities of Decolonization. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC (April, 2016).
    • Challenging Neoliberal Discourses in Education: Telling Stories, Engaging in Dialogue, and Constructing Counternarratives.New York State Foundations of Education Association Conference. SUNY Cortland. (March, 2016).
    • Can Education do “Decolonial” Work?? Four Perspectives on Decolonization in Education Spaces. American Educational Studies Association. San Antonio, TX (November, 2015).
    • Collaborations against Settler Colonialism: Excavating the Educational Sites and Possibilities of Decolonization.American Educational Studies Association. San Antonio, TX (November, 2015).
    • Revisiting Theological Questions for Decolonizing Education. North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies Annual Symposium. Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, ON. (June, 2016)
  • Jordan S. West presented following conference papers:
    • Parson, B., Williams-Brown, K., & West, J.S. (2016). Demystifying the Journey to a Ph.D.: Three Narratives of Doctoral Identity. Presentation to NASPA. Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • West, J.S.(2016). Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.): Critical Pedagogy in Student Affairs. Presentation to the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International (ACPA). Montreal, Canada.
    • West, J.S. (2016). Authentic Interviewing. Presentation to the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International (ACPA). Montreal, Canada.

Invited Presentations & Workshops

  • West, J.S. (2016). Be An Agent of Change. Workshop Presentation and Training: Binghamton University. Binghamton, New York.
  • West, J.S. (2016). Keynote Address: New England American College and University Housing Officials (NEACUHO) Social Issues Retreat. Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • West, J.S. (2015). Race and Ethnicity: What’s The Difference and Who Are We? Workshop Presentation and Training: fullCIRCLE Mentoring Programs, The Office of Multicultural Affairs. Syracuse, New York.
  • West, J.S. (2015). Critical Racial Moments and Their Impact on Us. Workshop Presentation and Training: WellsLink Leadership Program, The Office of Multicultural Affairs. Syracuse, New York.
  • Camilla Bell co-presented withDr. Dalia Rodrigueztitled Disrupting Whiteness: Voice, Silence and Everything in Between atAERA in Washington, D.C(2016).
  • Laura Jaffeepresented at the New York State Foundations of Education Association Conference, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 23rd Annual International Graduate Conference, and the Student Conference on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at SUNY Cortland.
  • Kimberly Williams Brown presented following conference papers:
    • “Becoming Who We Were Meant To Be: Black Teachers’ Experiences of Teaching and Becoming Teachers, American Educational Research Association (AERA), March 2016 (round table and paper presentation)
    • “De-Mystifying the journey to the Ph.D.: Three Perspectives”, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), March 2016
    • “Activism and Love: Loving White people through the struggle”, American Educational Society (AESA), November 2015
    • “De-colonizing Dialogue Spaces”, Intergroup Relations Conference, June 2015


  • Julie Ficarra published the following:
    • Ficarra, J., Cottrell, K., Burton S & Miller, K. (2016) Mapping the Curriculum of the ‘Global’ City: From Bogotá to Berlin. The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education, 2(1):45-61.
    • Ficarra, J. (in press). International Comparative Approaches to Better Understanding and Supporting Refugee Learners. Issues in Teacher Education.
  • Hayley Marama Cavino (PhD Candidate) published an essay ‘Intergenerational Sexual Violence and Whanau in Aotearoa /New Zealand—Pedagogies of Contextualization and Transformation’ in June 2016 for Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7 (1) Special Edition: Cultural & Indigenous Issues in Sex Abuse Practice & Research.
  • David Wolken published the following:
    • “Thinking in the Gap: Hannah Arendt and the Prospects for a Postsecular Philosophy of Education,” in Philosophy of Education Yearbook 2016, ed. Natasha Levinson (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2016).
    • “Toward a Pedagogy of the Absurd: Constitutive Ambiguity, Tension, and the Postmodern Academy.” Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education 7, no. 1 (2016): 64-79.
  • Kelsey Dayle John published the following:
    • John, K.D. & Burnam, H. (2016). Can decolonization exist in the colonial academy? Adding Indigenous narratives to the discourse. International Review of Qualitative Research, Special Edition: Indigenous Knowledge as a Mode of Inquiry. (In Press).
    • John, K.D. (In Press). Revisiting theological questions for decolonizing education. Journal of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies.
    • John, K.D. & Ford, D. (In Press). The rural is nowhere: Bringing Indigeneity and urbanism into educational research. In W. M. Reynolds (Ed.), Forgotten places in the new gilded age of greed and insensitivity. New York: Peter Lang.
    • John, K.D.(2015). ‘Are you a feminist epistemologist?’ In Pedagogies in the Flesh: Teaching, learning, and the embodiment of sociocultural differences in education. (In Press).
    • John, K.D.(2015), Book Review: Haunting and the Educational Imagination, SOJO Journal. (In Press).
    • John, K. D.(2013). Honors Thesis,Positionality in Racial Politics of Bi/Multiracial College Students, Educational Studies Department, Colgate University.
  • Laura Jaffee published articles in Disability & Society and Policy Futures in Education. Together with CFE alumna Ashley Taylor, she co-edited a Disability Studies in Education section in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  • Kimberly Williams Brownpublished the following:
    • Williams Brown, K., Steinwert, T. (2016). Racism and Faith. In forthcoming
    • Williams Brown, K. (2016). Activism and Love: Loving White people through the struggle. In forthcoming
  • Wendy Nastasi (current doctoral student), Meredith Madden (Ph.D grad this spring), and Nicole Nguyen (recent Ph.D. grad) had a chapter published in Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity.
  • Jordan S. West published the following:
    • West, J.S. (Under Review). The Influence of Generational Differentiation on the Ways Multiracial Women in the Academy Identify. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
    • West, J.S. (In Press). An Excused Absence for Oppression: Giving Voice to Multiple Marginalized Identities. In J.M. Johnson & J.C. Javier (Eds.), Queer People of Color in Higher Education. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.
    • West, J.S. (2015). Dear Officer Bogash. The Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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