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Community Engagement

Building collaborative, rewarding relationships both on and off campus.

Community engagement facilitates the creativity and discovery that is essential to academic excellence. It also ensures that the University contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities that encompass it.

The Office of Community Engagement provides students, faculty and staff with authentic engagement opportunities that allow them to interact with the world around them.

Whether your goal is to partner with the University, conduct research, serve in the community or meet a curricular need, there are many opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

Featured Program: Thursday Morning Roundtable

This weekly civic engagement program features experts speaking on local, state and national issues of concern to the Central New York community. The Thursday morning meetings, held during the academic year, feature a presentation about an issue or topic of general interest. After each presentation, the speaker holds a question-and-answer session. WCNY-FM, 91.3, broadcasts the programs on the following Sundays at 8 p.m.

Return to Community - A Sunday Gospel Jazz Service

Featuring the Concert Choir of Dillard University (New Orleans, LA), Black Celestial Choral Ensemble of Syracuse University and community choir composed of Syracuse-area residents.

Sunday, June 25
Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University
Program: 3 p.m.
Pre-Event Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.
The program and luncheon are both free of charge

As the grand finale of the 2023 Syracuse Jazz Fest, this historic and first-of-its-kind program will offer a dynamic and inclusive spiritual experience that fuses and celebrates gospel and jazz music, includes a pre-event welcome luncheon, and seeks to spark and sustain renewal in our local community and beyond. All are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Syracuse City School District Career and Technical Education Program Partnership

The Summer Internship program is a partnership between Syracuse University and the SCSD that offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to engage in a 6-week hands-on opportunity with Syracuse University employees in a field that aligns with their chosen learning pathway. Now in its third year, the Summer Internship Program offers the opportunity for rising high school juniors enrolled in the SCSD CTE program to gain valuable hands-on experience working with professionals in their chosen field.

The Spring Shadow program, now in its second year, offers the opportunity for high school seniors enrolled in the SCSD CTE students to engage in a 4-week job shadow opportunity with Syracuse University Facilities staff in a field that aligns with their chosen learning pathway, helping them gain valuable on-site experience observing professionals in their chosen field.

Book Buddies Program

The Book Buddies program is a collaboration between the Syracuse City School District, the United Way of Central New York, and M&T Bank that offers the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a local child. The program connects Syracuse City School District students in grades K-3 with community volunteers and provides students with a supportive environment to practice reading, helping them become stronger, more confident readers.

If you would like to support this initiative by registering to volunteer to become a Book Buddy, please call 315.428.3941.

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Programs and Resources

We offer a multitude of programs for students, faculty, staff and community members alike. Find a program where you can get involved.

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Join the local and campus community by attending one of our sponsored events.

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Strong collaborators—our partners both on and off campus—make our work possible. Find out who they are, what they do and how you can participate.

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