Spring 2021 Issue of Wordgathering, a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers and Artists, Now Live

Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature Spring 2021 issue is now live via Wordgathering’s website. The 57th issue of this quarterly digital, open access journal is made possible by generous support from Syracuse University’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach  at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), headquartered in the College of Law, and Syracuse University Libraries. Wordgathering provides an accessible venue for featuring the work of emerging and well-known disabled writers committed to disability poetry, literature, and the arts.

This academic year marked the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The team at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, in collaboration with College of Law IT Services AV Media Specialist, Kyle Jaymes Davis, created an accessible video production of “A Crip Reckoning: Reflections on the ADA@30,” along with an accompanying resources guide created by Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Administrative Assistant. The video, with American Sign Language interpretation, English captioning, and image descriptions, features a distinguished panel of disabled thought leaders and scholar-activists discussing ableism, cultural change, equity, creativity, and intersectionality in the context of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The panel was moderated by Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute. Poetry is a major theme within and happens multiple times during the video. 

Diane R. Wiener, Editor-in-Chief and Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, said “There is a pragmatic magic for me in having the opportunity to underscore that this issue marks 15 years since Wordgathering opened its accessible, digital doors into the world. This is a world that has become increasingly digital and virtual, but not nearly as accessible as many of us would prefer and, in fact, demand. I am moved by and grateful for the abiding ethics, good humor, vast generosity of spirit, and boundless kindness of our editorial team’s members, as each of us does (and has been doing) our best to live, create, love, and work deeply in the non-idealized ‘new world-in-the-making,’ a year since COVID-19. I remain deeply grateful for ongoing and outstanding collaborative support from my esteemed colleagues at Syracuse University—Kate Deibel, Patrick Williams, and Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri.”

About the Burton Blatt Institute:

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) headquartered in the College of Law at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., Lexington, Kentucky, and Atlanta, GA.

About the BBI Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach:

The Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach creates and advances interdisciplinary, intersectional educational programs, research, and pedagogy focused on disability justice, identities, cultures, and studies. The office also engages with a wide array of University constituents to interface, network, and collaborate with local, regional, national, and global partners, and pursue development and advancement opportunities that underscore, celebrate, and enhance the rich and nuanced experiences of disabled people. Disabled students, faculty, staff, and alumni—including the significant experience and contributions of veterans—is at the heart of this initiative. 

Image by Chanika Svetvilas titled “What I have learned (Psychiatric Nursing)”


Libraries Now Offering Contactless Pickup Via Lockers

Syracuse University Libraries is now offering another option for contactless pickup via newly installed automatic lockers.  Anyone with a valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID can borrow items and indicate whether they want to use the contactless Bird Library Locker pickup option. The new lockers are located immediately inside the Waverly Street entrance.  Other options for retrieval of physical items include:

  • Bird Library Check Out Desk
  • Carnegie Library Check Out Desk
  • King+King Architecture Library Check Out Desk
  • UPS Delivery to off-campus locations

Users borrowing an item will be directed to the Libraries’ ‘Interlibrary Loan, Request & Hold, Scans’ page once they select ‘Request this item.’ From there, users can select ‘Bird Library Lockers’ from the dropdown options. Once the request has been submitted, users will receive an email that indicates the item is being processed. When the item is ready for pickup, users will receive a follow up email indicating that the item is available for contactless pickup at the Bird Library Lockers and will be held for 3 days. To retrieve items from the locker, users will enter the access code in the email, scan the QR code in the email, or download and use an application. If items are not after 3 days but are still needed, contact circhelp@syr.edu or 315-443-5727.


Libraries and American Chemical Society Sign Innovative ‘Read and Publish’ Open Access Agreement

Syracuse University Libraries and the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) recently signed an innovative ‘read and publish’ open access agreement that will expand the reach of Syracuse University researchers’ scientific contributions. Open access provides students, faculty, and researchers with scholarly work that is published, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for further use. Under this transformative ‘read and publish’ agreement, Syracuse University has negotiated with ACS to publish University-affiliated researchers’ scholarly work as open access.

All of ACS’ more than 75 journals accept open access articles, and twelve of its journals are ‘pure gold’ open access. In 2020, SU authors published 23 articles with ACS. Under this new agreement, SU Libraries’ users will continue to benefit from complete access to ACS journals and Chemical and Engineering News.  In addition, the Libraries will coordinate with SU researchers/authors to confirm the individual would like to make their article open access at no cost to the author.

“Open access publishing is expanding rapidly, and the Syracuse University Libraries are committed to finding ways to facilitate greater access to University authored research to expand its reach and impact. This “read and publish” agreement with ACS is the first of its kind at Syracuse and will be instrumental as the Libraries continue to develop systems that provide greater global access to research while simultaneously investigating ways to make open publishing easier for Syracuse authors.  The Libraries have long subscribed to ACS content so the campus community could read that valuable literature. Now we are enabling SU authors to more readily openly publish their scholarship there too. Furthermore, our University faculty and students have a longstanding history of active, deep, and committed involvement with the ACS, making this a mutually beneficial relationship for all concerned,” said Scott Warren, Associate Dean of Research Excellence at Syracuse University Libraries.

“This agreement is an innovative way for Syracuse University to expand open access while continuing to serve the needs of its researchers and students,” says Steve Hansen, director of sales for the Americas, ACS Publications. “As one of the first US based institutions to embark upon a program like this, Syracuse University has shown impressive leadership.”

“Articles in ACS journals are already being read by researchers at many thousands of institutions around the world. Publishing open access gives an opportunity to expand the reach of a research article and its impact in the scientific community,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “I am glad to be taking this step with Syracuse University, for the benefit of their researchers and the global chemistry community.”


Libraries Announce 2021 Student Employee Awards

Syracuse University Libraries recognized their student employees with a virtual celebration on April 22. Annually, the Libraries employs over 150 students, both customer-facing and behind the-scenes, who help keep the Libraries running. Each year supervisors are asked to nominate student employees who have demonstrated dedicated service over time and significant contributions which have made a lasting impact on the Libraries. The Libraries recognize these students through the generous support of Kathy and Stanley Walters, Andrew Strait and friends, and other donors. This year’s award recipients and their respective Libraries departments are:

Kathy and Stanley Walters Student Scholarship Fund

  • Ian Coe 21 (University College), Access & Resource Sharing & Sound Beat
  • Brienna Flewelling ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Carnegie Library
  • Yasmeen Jones ’21 (Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Brittney Austin Waters ’21(School of Information Studies), Information Literacy Scholar

Patricia Kutner Strait Student Scholarship

  • Oliver Mack, Jr. ’21 (Whitman School of Management), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Maximilian Orgeron ’21 (Newhouse School of Public Communication), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Lucy Wagner ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Kobi Wiseman ’21 (School of Information Studies), Access & Resource Sharing

SU Libraries Dean’s Fund

  • Omolara Akinfemiwa ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Natalie Edelstein ’21 (College of Engineering & Computer Science), Security and Facilities
  • Gabrielle Frazier ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

Student Honorable Mentions:

  • Justina Agyei-Mensah ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Kwaku Agyemang ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Samson Lin ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

“We value all our library students and benefit from their enthusiasm and expertise every day. As Dean of Libraries and University Librarian I am very clear on how important our student employees are. Many work for us throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers at SU and they all are part of the SU Libraries family. From Bird and Carnegie to the King+King Architecture Libraries, our student employees contribute to the safety of our spaces, the quality and repair of our collections, and to our ability to provide a high level of service at our desks (real and virtual),” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of SU Libraries.

The University also recognizes a Student Employee Supervisor of the Year, and this year Eric Nemier, a Department of Public Safety Officer in Bird Library, has been selected by colleagues and student employees for connecting and mentoring his student employees.


Lorenza D’Angelo Recipient of 2021 Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

Lorenza D’Angelo, a graduate student from the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), was selected as the 2021 winner of the prestigious Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award for her piece titled “Emotional Experience and the Senses.” A&S and the Syracuse University Library Associates will host a virtual award event and author reading on May 5, 2021 at noon. Anyone interested in attending can register by emailing libevent@syr.edu by May 4 at noon.

D’Angelo, this year’s recipient, will receive a $1000 prize. She is writing her Ph.D. thesis in Philosophy under the supervision of Professor Ben Bradley, and she specializes in ethics and philosophy of mind, but she is also interested in aesthetics, environmental ethics, and action theory. She received her M.A. in French and German Philosophy from the Erasmus Mundus Program based at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France, and she received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.  

Her essay was selected from those submitted by A&S graduate students currently enrolled in African American studies; English; art and music histories; languages, literatures and linguistics; philosophy; religion; writing studies, rhetoric, and composition; and women’s and gender studies.

Professor Mary Hatch Marshall was a founding member of the Library Associates and holds a distinguished place in the College’s history. In 1952, she became the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature —the first woman to be appointed a full professor in the College— after having joined the faculty four years earlier. Library Associates established the annual Mary Hatch Marshall Award to honor and help perpetuate her scholarly standards and the generous spirit that characterized her inspirational teaching career, which lasted through her retirement in 1993. Members of Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Central New York Community Foundation all contributed to the endowment, established in 2004, that funds the award.

Library Associates are a group of SU Libraries supporters who help to raise funds for the Libraries’ special collections, rare books, and manuscripts. Those wishing to make a gift to the Mary Hatch Marshall Award Endowment in remembrance of or in honor of Mary Hatch Marshall, can contact Ron Thiele, assistant dean for advancement for the Libraries, at rlthiele@syr.edu or 315.560.9419.


2021 Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation Lecture to Feature Digital Archivist Monique Lassere

Monique Lassere, Digital Archivist at Houghton Library, Harvard University, will present at Syracuse University Libraries’ annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. Lassere’s virtual lecture, titled Translating Bits: Maintaining (Born-)Digital Heritage, will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 3 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST. The lecture will discuss born-digital preservation, a nascent but growing area of work in academic and cultural heritage institutions. Lassere will interrogate how born-digital materials and the surrogate materials that constitutes born-digital objects require a reframing of physicality to understand and initiate proper methods for long-term stewardship. This includes strategies such as information maintenance, file format migration, and emulation. All are welcome to attend the public lecture with advance registration at https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UsXpI6HSTKKOy8lxBAY4Aw.

The annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68 of Chicago. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.

In her role as Digital Archivist at Houghton Library, Harvard University’s rare books, manuscripts, and literary and performing arts archive, Monique Lassere stewards born-digital archival materials within the Manuscript Section. Her research interests include issues in software preservation, born-digital archives, and information maintenance. Prior to joining Harvard, Monique worked for the University Libraries at the University of Arizona, where she oversaw development of the Libraries’ digital preservation strategy and program, and a digital preservation startup company called Digital Bedrock, researching file formats and software obsolescence.

To request accommodations please contact Julia Chambers jschambe@syr.edu by April 26.


2022 SCRC Faculty Fellows Program Call for Proposals

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries is now accepting proposals for two Faculty Fellows who would like to provide students with an opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes. Proposal applications for the development or revision of a 3-credit course to be taught in the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester from any discipline on campus are being accepted now through June 4, 2021.

The SCRC Faculty Fellows Program supports innovative curriculum development and fosters new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in university instruction. Each fellow selected will receive a $5,000 payment, hands-on introduction to the collections, and ongoing classroom support throughout the semester. 

The Libraries is thankful to George Bain G’06, a member of the Library Associates, for his generous gift funding towards the Faculty Fellows in 2022-23. The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit our cultural heritage. The SU Libraries and Library Associates invite gifts to support the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program and this unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at SU. Each $5000 will support a Faculty Fellow for a semester long class. Please contact Ron Thiele, Assistant Dean for Advancement for the Libraries at rlthiele@syr.edu or 315-560-9419 for more information about making a gift.


Libraries Receive Two Access and Digitization Grants

Cross-campus collaborations led by Syracuse University Libraries’ Digital Library Program has resulted in two Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) access and digitization grants. One grant is for $1,000 to create metadata for 200 objects from the collection of La Casita Cultural Center, and the other grant is for $5,000 to digitize and transcribe Oakwood Cemetery burial registers dating back to 1859.

La Casita Cultural Center, a program of the College of Arts and Sciences, advances an educational and cultural agenda of civic engagement through research, cultural heritage preservation, media, and the arts. The CLRC grant will be used to create digital access to the history and experience of Latinx/Hispanic communities in Central and Upstate NY to advance scholarly research and a more profound understanding of this largely underrepresented culture in our city and region. According to the NY State Archives publication No.67 (NY State Education Department), “Historical information is inadequately represented in the documentation of broad areas of Hispanic culture, including the fine arts, popular music and dance forms, and folk and traditional arts. Similarly, information is extremely limited about Hispanic businesses and social, political, community, and religious organizations. Latino/a experiences with and responses to issues of immigration and migration, discrimination, economic opportunity, public education, health care, law enforcement, and social services are poorly represented in historical records.”

The CLRC grant will result in the La Casita Cultural Memory Archive’s addition to New York Heritage Digital Collections. Currently, the digital objects and collections that comprise La Casita’s Cultural Memory Archive are stored on a Syracuse University server with restricted access unavailable to and unsearchable by prospective researchers.

Oakwood Cemetery, created in 1859, is one of the largest and oldest cemeteries in Central New York. It is laid out on 160 acres adjacent to Syracuse University. The cemetery reflects Syracuse’s past status as an economic engine and contains the burial sites of city leaders, as well as middle– and working-class people who helped build the city, and military generals and soldiers from the Civil War. In addition to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it is architecturally significant. The cemetery boasts eight monuments included on the Smithsonian Preservation of Cultural Property and includes structures by nationally known New York architects such as Joseph Lyman Silsbee.

The Oakwood Cemetery records include thousands of burials over a more than 150-year span. In collaboration with Adjunct Professor Megan Craig and Professor Jodi Upton from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, some of these registers will be digitized and made accessible on the New York Heritage Digital Library public website. Once completed, these records will provide public access to genealogical, scientific, medical, and historical research. Without intervention, valuable historical information (such as time between death and burial, cause of death, and funeral home) could be lost. The project will also create data on how and when integration occurred, or failed to occur, and patterns of disease and malnutrition, race, and ethnicity.

“These CLRC grants enable the Libraries to assist our partners in preserving important local historical information as part of New York Heritage Digital Collections. Creating metadata and making these resources available digitally ensures broad access to local resources, not only for those on the Syracuse University campus, but for researchers across the region and state and even around the world,” said Deirdre Joyce, head of Syracuse University Libraries’ Digital Library Program. “We’re extremely grateful to CLRC for supporting New York State libraries in this way.”


SU Libraries Collections Review, 2020-2021

Overview

SU Libraries, as well as other University units, received a reduced budget for 2020-2021. Reductions were therefore implemented across all areas of the Libraries’ budget, including collections. Since the collections budget is such a significant portion of the Libraries’ overall budget (over 40%), it was not possible for it to be exempted. As a result, Libraries’ staff are conducting a review of the collection.

This type of review has always been a part of research library operations. As the Libraries add new resources and the University’s teaching and research activities change, some currently held resources may no longer be as critical as they once were. Reviewing collections represents responsible spending of University resources, and it allows us to better respond to the changing needs of the University.

What’s Being Reviewed

Resources that support all subjects and disciplines are being reviewed. These include databases, journals, newspapers, book series, and select e-book collections and streaming video platforms, all of which are leased or have annual subscription payments. Resources with perpetual access do not need review, as the Libraries purchased full ownership of them. These can include print books, select e-book collections, digital archival material, and back issues of select electronic journals.

Process

Collection development librarians began the e-resource review project during summer 2020, and it will continue throughout 2021. To help inform the review, librarians are collecting usage statistics, evaluating content overlap with similar resources, and consulting with liaison librarians and information desk staff for feedback on the role that this resource plays in supporting teaching and research. Subject librarians  are also reaching out to faculty for further input.

Database cancellation decisions  are being communicated in advance on the databases A-Z menu. Subject librarians are available to consult with users about alternative resources and alternative access to cancelled content through the Libraries’ interlibrary loan service. A full list of the resources cancelled is being made available from the Collection Development & Resource Feedback guide.  

Assessing Collections Value

Libraries’ staff use a number of criteria, both quantitative and qualitative, to evaluate collections and their benefits to the SU community.

These criteria include:

  • Relevance to SU curriculum.
  • Relevance to research and creative work at SU.
  • Feedback from users.
  • Duplication or overlap with other databases and full text sources.
  • Usage statistics, which may include number of times a resource was used, what content was used, which resources were clicked on most frequently from our site, and more.
  • Platform usability issues such as accessibility, navigation, and resource downtime.
  • Overall cost, as well as renewal increase cost per year.
  • Contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Feedback

For questions about a particular resources, or to share feedback on how you benefit from something within the Libraries’ collection, please contact your subject librarian or use the Give Collections Feedback form. For questions about the review process, please contact Anne Rauh, Head of Collections and Research Services at aerauh@syr.edu.


Syracuse Hosting Hult Prize Regional Impact Competition

On Friday, April 9, Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars will virtually host approximately three dozen teams from 19 countries and all five continents for the prestigious Hult Prize Regional Impact Summit competition. This year’s Hult Prize 2021 Challenge is centered around the theme “Food for Good.” Hult Prize Impact Summits are hosted in 100 locations around the world, and this year Syracuse is one of only three regional hosts in North America. Winners of the regional campus entrepreneurial competitions go on to compete in the global competition hosted by the United Nations, with that winner receiving a $1 million seed capital grant.

The Syracuse University campus director of the Summit is Claire Howard ’23 (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy), a Global Fellow at the Syracuse University LaunchPad. The day-long event will kick-off with keynote speaker Catherine Bertini, Professor Emeritus from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, at 9:30 AM EST.  Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and long-time director of the World Food Programme which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The distinguished panel of competition judges will include:

  • Adam Motiwala – Former global disaster information officer for the United Nations and former product manager of International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Motiwala is the current Senior Product Owner of Fifth Tribe, a digital agency that serves government agencies and nonprofits.
  • Ryan Riegg – An experienced lawyer and founder of startups, featured in major press outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and CNN, Riegg is an Innovation Fellow for Columbia Business School’s Entrepreneurship Center, mentor for the Hult Prize, and current senior associate in corporate law.
  • Sheryl Chamberlain –  Chamberlain serves as a chair on the Hult Prize Council and works as the Director of Global Alliances at Coupa Software. She’s experienced in strategic partnerships and business improvements and has sat on numerous boards such as Forbes Nonprofit Council and How Women Lead.
  • Kailesh Karavadra – Karavadra is the Global Coordinating partner for EY services of a major healthcare corporation and the San Jose Office Managing Principle. Born in Uganda and raised in India and the United Kingdom, he’s spent his career serving global clients with EY and helping them improve their business performance.
  • Ankha Marza –  Marza is an internationally renowned executive coach at SpeakYourPower and  has coached presidents and vice presidents of countries and corporations, Navy SEALs, royalty and government dignitaries, Hollywood celebrities, Fortune 500 Executives, global sales groups, nonprofit organizations, young entrepreneurs and startup founders, CEOs, and their teams in the US and worldwide.
  • Derek Wallace – CEO and Founder of Kalamata’s Kitchen, Wallace is a Syracuse University alumnus dedicated to creating a more open-minded generation of children through exploration of food and diversity of culture.
  • Catherine Bertini – An accomplished leader in international food organizational reform, Bertini is the former head of the United Nations World Food Programme and United Nations Under Secretary General. In 2003 she was named the World Food Prize Laureate for her transformational work in food access and policy. She has served as a Senior Fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is currently chair of the board Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is professor emeritus at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
  • Amjad Janjua  – Former committee member of the World Economic Forum and CEO of the Pakistan State Oil Company, Janjua is the President & CEO of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Pakistan and works on projects to shape future policies for sustainable growth.
  • Ashok Mahbubani – Mentor for the Hult Prize, Mahbubani is the co-founder and CEO of the Multitronics Group, a business in the automotive electronics industry utilized to become a force for social good.
  • Ethan Tyo – A Syracuse University graduate student in food studies, Tyo is the author of his own cookbook Fetagetaboutit, which highlights a plant-based diet. He’s also worked with several global entrepreneurs and food companies in content creation and planning.

In between competition pitch rounds, presenters will share “Advice of a Lifetime” featuring Derrell Smith, a Syracuse alumnus, former NFL player, food show host for Mad Good Food, and founder and CEO of the culinary brand 99EATS, a virtual brand working to connect people through food, and William Wright, Senior Vice President of Global Product Innovation and EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Tupperware Brands.

The program also includes a musical interlude with performances by Syracuse University student band  NONEWFRIENDS and a networking panel moderated by two Syracuse University alumni and former LaunchPad Global Fellows and Hult Prize winners, Audrey Miller, and Amanda Chou.

A final round of pitches by the top six teams will begin at 4:15 PM EST and is open for public viewing with advance registration

Two of the teams competing in the Syracuse Hult Prize Regional Impact Summit competition include Syracuse University teams:

  • WaxPax Solutions, Erica Morrison ’21 (Whitman School of Management and Newhouse School of Public Communications), Lidia Menbaeva ’21 (College of Arts and Sciences) and Daniel Hamrahi ’21 (Whitman School of Management), a multi-purpose biodegradable packaging solution made from a proprietary blend of beeswax and cellulose that will help eliminate landfill waste in the food supply chain.
  • Cuapa Monde Conservation, Claire Chevalier ’24 (Whitman School of Management) and Sasha Temerte ’23 (College of Arts and Sciences), a consulting firm that seeks to develop universal standards for sustainable packaging, similar to the organic certification standard for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products, for producers and consumers of all consumer-packaged goods in the U.S. and European Union.

Another Syracuse University team will be competing in the April 19 Regional Impact Summit hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

  • Gather, Nolan Kagan ’23 (Whitman School of Management)  a community-building web and mobile application to bring people of various ages and cultures around the world together to cook and share favorite recipes and conversation, first in the digital space and then in real life post-pandemic, to address social isolation while building cultural and social literacy among people who not might otherwise meet.

The Hult Prize Foundation transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as impact leaders of change in the world with a goal to create jobs, stimulate economies, reimagine supply chains, and improve outcomes for 10 million people by 2030.