Shaw Center Stories

Shaw Center Leadership Intern and Lender Center Student Fellow Nadia Larissa Lyngdoh-Sommer Involved in Social Justice AI Research

These days, it’s hard to go anywhere without encountering artificial intelligence (AI).

Predictive text offers to finish our web searches and our text messages. AI learning-based software can produce everything from research papers to poetry, solving complex math equations to writing computer code. AI can be used to write algorithms, collect data on which areas experience the most gun violence and dictate which neighborhoods receive access to vital resources.

This year, five students who make up the 2022-24 Lender Center for Social Justice Fellowship Project will set out to investigate how AI weapons systems transform war and surveillance, and they will also analyze how AI accentuates our social and political vulnerabilities to violence.
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Shaw Center Leadership Intern and SUITE Coordinator Thomas Cheng is a 2023 VPA Scholar

Twelve seniors in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) have been named VPA Scholars, the college’s highest undergraduate academic honor.

The VPA Scholars program was established to recognize the achievements of the college’s top seniors. Students are selected based on academic performance, creative/scholarly work and service to the college and the community.
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Alumni Spotlight: Leadership Intern Pat Riolo ’20 G’21

Whitman at Work: Dual Degree Program Helps Recent Grad Carve Out Career Opportunities Combining Business, Engineering

Patrick Riolo ’20 (ECS), ’21 MBA always had an interest in health care, and a desire to create things that “would give value to people.” This led him to pursue a degree in bioengineering at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. However, the entrepreneurial atmosphere he discovered on the University campus led him to the Whitman School where, in his sophomore year, he decided to combine engineering and entrepreneurship through the H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program. Today, this up-and-coming professional is using both skill sets as a marketing leadership development program associate at Hillrom, now a part of Baxter International Inc.
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Shaw Center Celebrates 2022-23 Remembrance Scholars

This year the Shaw Center celebrates the incoming Remembrance Scholars. We want to recognize Dara Drake, Jaime Heath, Maggie Sardino, and Riley Moore for their impact on Shaw Center with their skills, passion, and commitment to service. Special thanks to Shaw Center Leadership Intern Jared Welch for his work with Engineering Ambassadors!
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Graduate Scholar: Anny Pérez ’20, G’22

Despite the prevalence of bilingual households in the United States, little research has been done about how growing up learning and speaking two languages impacts a child’s learning ability. Anny Pérez ’20, G’22 hopes to change that.
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SULC Tutor Andy Guzmán ’22 on the Transformative Power of the Atrocity Studies Minor

Directed by Julia M. White, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership, the School of Education’s atrocity studies and the practices of social justice minor is an interdisciplinary program that examines violations of humanitarian law and other human rights issues in an effort to “confront the past and transform the future.” Andy Guzmán ’22, an international relations and policy studies major, will graduate with a minor in the program this May.
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SU Literacy Corps provide tutors for Syracuse schools, community groups

In an elementary school near Syracuse, a teacher noticed one of the students was a great orator but couldn’t always do well in a group setting. The student needed more one-on-one time, a presence to be around him while he is doing his classwork.

Katherine Quinn, a member of Syracuse University Literacy Corps, provided that service to this student last year.
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