Interim Director, Disability Cultural Center & Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs and the Kessler Scholars Program
Huey Hsiao serves as the interim director of the Disability Cultural Center. In addition, Huey serves as the associate director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Kessler Presidential Scholars Program. In these roles, he provides leadership and direction on programming that enriches Syracuse University's diverse campus culture and results in students' academic, social and personal success.
First established at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and Arts, the Kessler Scholars Program has grown into a network of colleges and universities. As the leading scholarship program for first-generation students, the program is distinct in that it provides comprehensive support through wrap-around, multi-tiered services to ensure students’ success from the moment they enroll to after graduation. Syracuse University welcomed its first cohort of Kessler Presidential Scholars in fall 2020.
In addition, Huey leads the nationally recognized WellsLink Leadership Program, and coordinates the University’s annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Huey also serves on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence and the Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Committee on DACA/Undocumented Students; and he is the Student Liaison for DACA/Undocumented students and students with "mixed-status families".
Huey has nearly two decades of experience in higher education in roles spanning diversity and inclusion, student success, international education, advising, enrollment and recruiting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as assistant director of student services for M.B.A. and M.S. programs at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Prior to joining the University, he held multiple positions with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) (1999-2004), including program advisor and program officer and enrollment officer, in addition to a semester abroad as assistant resident director at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. He also taught English-as-a-Second-Language at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, through the Colorado China Council (1997-1998).
Huey was born and raised in North Haven, CT. He received a bachelor's degree in biology and an Asian studies certificate from the University of Rochester. He earned an M.B.A. from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
Kate Corbett Pollack
Kate received her M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies from the School of Education at Syracuse University in May of 2017. She received her B.A. in History from Hunter College, where she focused on prehistory through the Middle Ages, and religious studies. Kate also has a degree in Fine Arts from Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York, and has worked as a professional cartoonist for publications in Eugene, Oregon.
Kate has a background in antiques, Historic Preservation, archival and genealogical research, and spent three years researching and writing for a Syracuse-based genealogical association about an 18th-century psychiatrically disabled man and his family. She has written professionally about the history of 17th-19th C. Early American women, religion, epidemic disease, disability and psychiatric history, and social reform, with a focus on institutions and asylums. Her more recent scholarship and activism focuses on disability and crime, particularly in d/Deaf communities, prisons, criminal justice, and civil rights. Kate is active in the local Deaf community in Syracuse, and attends meetings about civil rights and criminal justice issues.
Kate is originally from Oregon, where she still visits, and has family in Syracuse going back 100 years on the West End.
Austin McNeill Brown, LMSW
Access Mentoring Program Collegiate Recovery Specialist
Austin is a current PhD student in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as a research affiliate in the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.
Austin is the former Associate Director for Research and Programming at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in addiction studies from Texas Tech University. He also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Vermont in Burlington. He has served on the board for the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and is a co-founder of the Recovery Science Research Collaborative. He has numerous journal publications on recovery support systems, recovery theory and collegiate recovery. Austin has worked in CRP management since 2015, first as the program coordinator at the Catamount Recovery Program at UVM, then as the associate director at Kennesaw since 2016. He is also a proud graduate of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech, where he was a collegiate recovery student. Austin identifies as a person living in long-term recovery from substance use disorder since 2010.
Access Mentoring Program Specialist/Mentor
Jennith Lucas (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is a first-year master’s student in marriage and family therapy. They coordinate the Access Mentoring Program at the DCC, a program she worked on proposing while an undergraduate at SU. Their undergraduate degree is in sociology and citizenship and civic engagement, with a minor in disability studies. Their undergraduate work focused on the disability community, including an original thesis about unionization in sheltered workshops by blind workers.
Her work in the disability community is guided by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s words from their poem “cripstory: 'we are dangerous when we find each other.'" As a multiply disabled queer woman and single parent, she understands the importance of support from each other in surviving and thriving wherever we may be.
Diana Garcia-Varo is a first-year student majoring in Art Video in the College of Visual & Performing Arts. Previously, Diana has participated in organizations and projects such as National Honor Society where she was elected secretary, A Voice For The Voiceless as a collaborating performer, Wild Bird Fund, and Walking Tree Travel as a volunteer. She is currently involved in off-campus extracurricular The Opportunity Network where she connects with other students and professionals in order to gain career readiness.
Having a strong interest in psychology and the arts has motivated Diana to become a voice for her community and a helping hand in New York City. Diana has collaborated with New York University through a competition in order to publish a journal that advocates for integration in New York City public schools and has used various artistic platforms such as performance, drawing, and poetry in order to advocate for better change. As an artist, Diana aspires to inspire those around her and keep an open mind when it comes to working with others. In the future, Diana not only looks forward to becoming an artist but also a role model and an advocate for equity in various communities.
Office and Events Assistant
Summer Stubbmann is a first-year student majoring in communications and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She's served as the vice president for her local Future Business Leaders Of America chapter. As a firm believer in community involvement, Summer spends her free time reaching out to at-risk youth about decision-making and the importance of education. She was also the head counselor at North Shore Holiday House, a camp for disadvantaged girls. Looking towards the future, Summer hopes to become an activist and humanitarian and help those in need.