Diana Foote - Executive Director, GUDC
Diana has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience which she brings to the GUDC. She’s also currently the Director of Operations & Business Manager for the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. As a member of BBI’s Leadership Team, Diana manages the financials and related activities of all BBI projects, the overall departmental budget, and its resources for the current and future goals of BBI. She approaches all of her work with enthusiasm and tenacity and brings this same dedication to supporting the growth of the GUDC. Diana is an alum and an MBA candidate (2018) of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
Michael Rotella - Associate Director, GUDC
Michael Rotella is a Syracuse University alumnus, a disability blogger, and founder of a popular local media website. Prior to joining the GUDC, Michael worked with Mark Congel and Granite Development as an accessibility consultant on a major residential project. He provided insight and solutions for access and inclusion for people of all ability levels during this project's development and remains an advisor. As a person with a mobility disability Michael has firsthand knowledge of the challenges disabled people face in built environments. He hopes to utilize this as a starting point for the GUDC’s future growth.
Michaela Quigley - Content Curation & Media
Michaela Quigley is from Woburn, Massachusetts. She is a senior magazine student with minors in disability studies and ideas, designs, and startups. She has always loved writing since she was little. Michaela's dream career is to start an entertainment magazine for teenagers with disabilities. She is doing an independent study at the Burton Blatt Institute. Michaela assists in editing articles, takes photographs, and researches ideas for website content. Through her work with the Burton Blatt Institute Michaela aims to launch her online publication.
Colin Yang - Universal Design in Learning
Colin (Lin Yang) is from Guangzhou, China. As recipient of 2016 Disability Rights Scholarship by Open Society Foundation, he is currently in the master’s program of teaching and curriculum in School of Education, Syracuse University, focusing on inclusive education and universal design of learning. His current research includes: analysis of the Chinese teacher certification system and barriers for people with disabilities, instructional design project addressing visually impaired students’ access to library resources, and applying Universal Design to English language learning classroom.
Amanda Woodward - Editing & Research
Amanda is currently a senior at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she is majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing and psychology. She became interested in the concept of Universal Design through her internship at the Burton Blatt Institute, an organization that strives to advance the civic, economic and social participation of people with disabilities. Amanda is from the Philadelphia area, but hopes to move to New York City after she graduates to work in corporate public relations.
Elly Wong - Editing & Research
Elly Wong is a Syracuse University sophomore from Minnesota who is majoring in Policy Studies and Citizenship & Civic Engagement. She studies a variety of topics, from disability in pop culture to LGBT rights. They are especially interested in Universal Design as it relates to community participation.