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Student Activism Engagement Team

Who are we?

The Student Activism Engagement Team is a collective of community stakeholders appointed by the senior leadership at Syracuse University. We are charged with assisting students by:

  • expressing student concerns related to student activism;
  • providing resources and guidance regarding safe and compliant ways to protest, including use of University space and logistics; and
  • connecting students with areas and individuals that make decisions regarding student programs, services, resources, policies and University practices.


Jorge Castillo
Director, LGBTQ Resource Center

Kyle Dailey
Assistant Vice President, Student Experience

Marcelle Haddix
Co-Leader, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Rob Hradsky
Co-Leader, Vice President for the Student Experience

Armando Martinez
Director of Inclusion and Belonging, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Joshua Segui-Rodriguez
Executive Director, Intercultural Engagement

Cole Smith
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

How do we engage with students?

Passive engagement

  • Monitor the pulse of the campus to address incidents or decisions that could escalate to protest.
  • Communicate with senior leadership and make recommendations.
  • Meet with campus constituencies that express concerns around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion ad Access and the student experience.
  • Convene as a group to discuss topics and approaches to engaging students on campus.

Active engagement

  • First responders to rallies, protests and demonstrations.
  • Negotiate, when possible, the logistical or programmatic needs of student protesters.
  • Work with the University community and City of Syracuse leaders to offer guidance and forecast potential challenges that could arise due to tense social moments that occur on campus, in the City of Syracuse, nationally and globally.

The Student Activism Engagement Team members are NOT:

  • Protest managers. We believe students have the right to assemble and express their ideas. We want to assist them in navigating a multilayered system to help them further articulate their ideas and connect with the appropriate stakeholders.
  • Adjudicators of conduct. In instances of protests or demonstrations we advise and remind students of the code of conduct and potential violations, so they have full knowledge of their actions and potential outcomes.

How do we operate?

  • SAET holds monthly meetings or as often as necessary.
  • Connect with offices and areas that support student services and experiences.
  • Collaborate with offices and areas for student programming (e.g. election-related programming).
  • Present to community stakeholders in different meetings and venues.

How can you contact us?

  • We are open and available to meet with any constituencies on campus as individual members representing SAET or as the team.
  • To contact SAET, please email us at