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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Student Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) student committee at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture is a group of elected representatives from each undergraduate and graduate year from an array of backgrounds who have a shared interest in further creating a diverse, inclusive and more equitable academic environment and discipline. The committee was established to foster more open communication, representation, and engagement, providing students a platform to voice their concerns with the dean and School administration, create educational and social programming and collaborate with faculty and staff. DEI serves as a space for students to participate in crucial conversations and decisions for the future of the School.

Faculty Advisor
  • Professor Lori Brown
    Director; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    lbrown04@syr.edu
2020-2021 Undergraduate Elected Members (by class year)

2021

  • Lindsey Brown (librown@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Finance and Policy Review, Diversity Entourage Library (Team Lead), Faculty Engagement 
  • Lindsey Dierig (ldierig@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Racial Diversity, Social Media Engagement, Faculty Engagement, Finance and Policy Review
  • Edson Wong (edwong@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Mental Health, Racial Diversity, Faculty Search

2022

  • Julia Chou (jychou@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Mental Health (Team Lead), Learning Differences and Disabilities, Faculty Engagement
  • Jasmine Greytok (jegreyto@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Data Collection (Team Lead), Diversity Entourage Library, Faculty Engagement
  • Ebonia Moody (ebmoody@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Learning Differences and Disabilities, Event Planning

2023

  • Zarah Durst (zrdurst@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee: Mental Health, Event Planning
  • Pramita Mital (pmital@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): TBD
  • Claire Noorhasan (cmnoorha@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Learning Differences and Disabilities (Team Lead)
  • Valeria Vilanova (vvilanov@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee: Recycling (Team Lead)

2024

2025

2020-2021 Graduate Elected Members (by class year)

 2020

  • Tara Pearson (tpearson@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Finance and Policy Review (Team Lead), Faculty Engagement (Team Lead) 

2021

  • Krystol Austin (kkaustin@syr.edu)
    Sub-committee(s): Racial Diversity (Team Lead), Event Planning (Team Lead)

2022

2023

DEI Sub-committee Descriptions

Data Collection and Faculty Engagement Teams: This subcommittee archives data regarding pedagogical and curricular content as it pertains to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive academic environment. This includes, but is not limited to, data on course syllabi, invited lecturers and jurors, as well as our faculty—tenured, tenure-track, and visiting. The Faculty Engagement Team consults with the faculty to ensure that goals of this committee writ-large are considered with seriousness and transparency. This team is working to foster a relationship between the Faculty and the student body to decolonize our curriculum and create a more robustly inclusive architectural education.

Data Collection: This subcommittee archives data regarding pedagogical and curricular content as it pertains to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive academic environment. This includes, but is not limited to, data on course syllabi, invited lecturers and jurors, as well as our faculty—tenured, tenure-track, and visiting.

Faculty Engagement Team: The Faculty Engagement Team consults with the faculty to ensure that goals of this committee writ-large are considered with seriousness and transparency. This team is working to foster a relationship between the Faculty and the student body to decolonize our curriculum and create a more robustly inclusive architectural education.

Diversity Entourage Library Team: In an effort to change the overrepresentation of predominantly white, upper-middle class, western style figures in drawings and renders, we are developing a library for public access to a wider range of scale figures (e.g. race, gender, religion, orientation, disability, etc.) to be highly accessible to the student and faculty body. We hope that if a broader range of scale figures are more easily available, then designers will more holistically consider the messages they are encoding through their entourage choices.

Finance Team: This team tracks student expenses through surveys and other data collection to create a comprehensive financial summary. This information will be disseminated to the administration and professors to provide more insight into how much money students are spending in their courses each semester. This information is also collected for the purpose of working with admissions to ensure a more accurate picture of the costs associated with architecture school in order to more accurately assist in the financial planning process.

Disabilities: We believe that it is important to advocate for disability inclusion in the field of architecture. The disability subcommittee is committed to helping students with all types of disabilities navigate Syracuse University. We aim to include programming that raises awareness about disability and disability inclusion, provides resources for students with disabilities and promotes the success and achievements of these students.

Mental Health Team: This team is dedicated to safeguarding the mental well-being of our students. This means supporting students with disabilities regarding mental health, de-stigmatizing mental illness, making education on mental health available to the student body at the School of Architecture and helping students who are experiencing stress find support.

Racial Diversity Team: This team engages with students to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the multiplexity of races and ethnicities that exist within the School of Architecture. It allows for the representation of a diverse group of people typically underrepresented in architectural academia and works with the Social Planning Team to use events, forums, and social activities to provide a platform for these voices to be heard.

Recycling Team: The subcommittee works to educate each student to become more knowledgeable about the ways they can reduce and reuse materials and push the School of Architecture to become more environmentally conscious and sustainable. This team works with administrators and faculty on implementing recycling bins, shelves and finding areas around Slocum Hall to keep reusable materials.

Social Planning Team: This subcommittee encompasses the Event Planning and Social Media Outreach teams. This team works to create a stronger, more genuine sense of community amongst the students and faculty in the School of Architecture. The team ensures that information about school resources and events is readily accessible to everyone in the SoA community, organizes school-wide events, and develops and shares all content on DEI’s social media platforms. Through these efforts, this team works to create a stronger, more genuine sense of community among the students and faculty in the School of Architecture.