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  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion News at Maxwell

  • The following includes stories about recent investments at Maxwell—including new hires, appointments, awards and funded initiatives—aimed at fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. To read great stories about the accomplishments of Maxwell faculty and students, including our URM community members, please visit the School’s main News & Events feed.

  • A Call to be ‘Audacious and Bold’

    At a recent Maxwell Advisory Board meeting, member Mary Daly ’90 posed a question—or perhaps it was a challenge. As she recalls, it went something like this: “What can we do that can move the needle, materially change what we see that we don’t like in our society, with regard to inequities? How are we going to literally be able to hand the next generation a better future than what we inherited?” The meeting’s agenda was to give feedback on a draft of the Maxwell School’s strategic plan for improving diversity, equity and inclusion. “It had all the elements that are often in plans that are making progress on this,” she recalls. Yet, to really move the needle, it requires actions that are, “going to be, by definition, audacious and bold,” she says.



    Gift from SU Trustee Christine Larsen kick's off Maxwell DEI training

    A generous gift from SU Trustee Christine Larsen and Vincent Dopulos will support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training for graduate students at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs over the next five years—a key initial step toward realizing the school’s renewed vision for developing leaders and educators who are committed to improving outcomes for all peoples.



    Center for Disability Resources empowers students, changes perceptions

    Miguel Pica ’22, a history major in the Maxwell School, knows the important work the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) does to help students with disabilities meet their academic goals. He has been working with an access counselor at the center since he came to campus in 2019—and has found his personal success with their efforts. Pica, who was medically retired from the U.S. Army after being injured on active duty, was concerned about completing his coursework on time, having enough time on exams and possibly being penalized or forced to drop a class for too many medically related absences.



    Yingyi Ma named Provost Faculty Fellow

    Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu has recently announced the appointment of faculty member Yingyi Ma to serve as a Provost Faculty Fellow, focused on internationalization. “We are incredibly fortunate that Professor Ma will be serving as a Faculty Fellow to provide leadership and expertise in international programs,” says Liu. “Her specific expertise will benefit Syracuse University’s international students, programs and partnerships in tangible ways.” Ma is an associate professor of sociology and director of Asian/Asian American Studies in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.



    Jackson wins Tenth Decade grant to study Black Americans, group threat

    Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded $20,000 for their research project Race, Risks, and Responses: Mapping Black Americans’ Response to Group Threat. The grant is part of a special call to Maxwell faculty offering Tenth Decade Project funding to support research and initiatives that confront systemic racial inequality. Jackson’s project builds on and expands their inquiry into how young Black Americans of different social identities (across gender, class, sexual orientation, embodiment, etc.) experience threats, especially policing, differently based on variations in their social location and orientation to power.



    McCormick is the School’s new diversity, equity and inclusion officer

    Gladys McCormick has been named the Maxwell School’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. McCormick will lead and advise on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the Maxwell School, and will represent the School to the University community and external stakeholders. In addition to advising, she will develop a DEI strategic plan and organize events to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School; and will assist departments, administrators, and students in their efforts to promote DEI.



    Shi’s education research funded by Russell Sage and Gates Foundations

    Ying Shi, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, recently won a grant jointly funded by the Russell Sage and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations for her upcoming research related to educational inequality and opportunity. Shi's project will focus on whether increased access to selective public high schools is effective at improving student outcomes and increasing their upward mobility.



    New knowledge

    Tapping into Maxwell’s scholarly distinction, undergraduates now have almost limitless opportunities for research and deeper study. The range of topics is impressive, from casual segregation and the experience of students of color at SU, to the history of China’s Song Dynasty, food sovereignty in Puerto Rico, and environmental imagery in the anti-plastics movement.



    Scruggs Scholarship will benefit current undergrads

    The Otey and Barbara Scruggs Maxwell School Scholarship will provide merit scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled across the Maxwell School disciplines who have already begun to prove their capabilities. The new scholarship is designed to help support racial, cultural, and gender diversity within the student body.



    Voices at the table

    The inaugural Policy Camp introduced undergraduate students of color to career options in policy — and to the impact bolstered racial and cultural diversity can have across the public sector.



    Hedrick gift establishes Huxley/Hedrick Scholarship

    The Huxley/Hedrick Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to first-generation undergraduate students enrolled in the Maxwell School. Its mission is to ease the financial burden of a college education so Maxwell can continue to educate future generations of civically engaged leaders, supporting the donor’s broader goal of helping alleviate income inequality through education.



    Maxwell invites undergrad students of color to Public Policy Camp

    The Maxwell School is pleased to partner with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management to host a one-day “Public Policy Camp” on September 28, designed to introduce promising young students of color to the field and to help ensure that diverse perspectives are represented in leadership roles wherever public policies are made and implemented.



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