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McCay Named NY6 Project Manager

Deanna H. McCay of Cazenovia, has been named project manager at the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium. In this role, McCay will manage the Consortium’s academic and co-curricular collaborations in areas such as less-commonly taught languages, off-campus study, undergraduate student research, and multidisciplinary faculty research. 

McCay most recently served as program manager for the EMPOWER Research Traineeship Program at Syracuse University, funded by the National Science Foundation. She also has held the positions of acquisitions editor at Syracuse University Press, instructor of geography at Syracuse, and assistant professor of geography at Colgate University. McCay holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, a master’s degree from Penn State, and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.

“Deanna comes to the New York Six with extensive experience in planning and executing complex academic collaborations across schools and programs at Syracuse,” said Amy Cronin, executive director of the Consortium. “Her ability to manage multiple programs and projects and engage a broad range of people will ensure the continued success of the New York Six.”

McCay joined the New York Six on January 8, 2018. She can be reached at

Colgate to Host IGD Symposium Oct. 16

We invite NY6 students, staff, faculty and administrators to join us at Colgate for Stages of Change: Dialogue in a Liberal Arts Context on Monday, October 16, from 8 am to 5 pm. This event brings together faculty, staff, and students from Colgate, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium schools, and others from Central New York region for a day of forums and workshops, to share research and best practices for using Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) to improving campus climate through curricular and co-curricular intellectual and community engagement. The name, “Stages of Change,” refers to the IGD 4-Stage dialogic process.

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  • Provide a basic introduction to the components of intergroup dialogue

  • Explore curricular and extracurricular possibilities of dialogue in various college settings

  • Provide space for dialogue among students, staff, faculty, and administrators

  • Advance innovative practices to institutionalize curricular and extracurricular dialogue(s)

  • Foster networking and community among practitioners across the region


“Stages of Change: Dialogue in a Liberal Arts Context” is made possible through the support of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium and the following Colgate University offices and departments: Equity & Diversity; Dean of the College; Dean of the Faculty; Center for Learning, Teaching & Research; Sociology and Anthropology; Educational Studies