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Programs and Resources

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Our current COVID level on campus is: BLUE

For the latest information on the university’s COVID-19 policies and masking guidelines, visit the Stay Safe website.

For more detailed information regarding the University’s current COVID level system and guidance, visit our FAQ page.

More information about COVID-19 can be found on the Onondaga County Health Department COVID-19 resource page.


Adopt A Classroom

The Adopt A Classroom program connects students engaged in programming at the different community centers to students serving as mentors.

Contact: Office of Community Engagement

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is a national program with local support organized on campus by two groups of Syracuse University student athletes. The athletes held a fundraising drive entitled “44 Hours of Giving” on November 18-19, 2021, with the goal of raising $20,000 in partnership with the Syracuse City School District.

Please consider supporting this effort by donating here.

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program that informs Onondaga County citizens how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered. It is a place to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity and a healthy environment. Citizens Academy was created and is administered by FOCUS Greater Syracuse and Syracuse University.

Community Engagement Roundtable

The Community Engagement Roundtable is a group of Syracuse University faculty and staff engaged in community work that meets once a month to share ideas and work through challenges.

Holiday Giving Programs

During the holiday season, the Office of Community Engagement coordinates several holiday giving programs on campus so University faculty and staff can voluntarily contribute to the distribution of holiday items through programs administered by our local nonprofit partners.

More information about this year’s programs is available here.

Informed Retired People

Informed Retired People is a civic engagement program for retired people in the community. The meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month during the academic year; coffee and tea are served from 11:30 a.m. to noon and a speaker is featured from noon to 1 p.m.

Contact: Office of Community Engagement

New York State Mentoring Program

Tthe New York State Mentoring Program creates supportive mentor relationships for select students, identified by their own teachers and NYS Mentoring Site Coordinators. This unique program takes place in a school-based setting, one-to-one between the mentor and mentee with a school coordinator present who is selected by the principal. The program provides background checks and training for volunteer mentors and mentees. (This program is currently operating virtually.)

Contact: Office of Community Engagement

Remote Tutoring Program

As schools converted to virtual learning in 2020, the University responded to a critical need in the community for remote tutoring by creating a city-wide remote tutoring program at the North Side Learning Center, offering subject area and educational technology support to K-12 and early college students across the CNY area. This program has now been expanded to include additional higher education partners as well as other community partners and is now drawing volunteers from all across the country through this network. The Office of Community Engagement is now partnering with the Shaw Center for Public and Community Service to continue these services.

Contact: Shaw Center

Shadow Day

Shadow Day brings Seymour Elementary School fifth-graders to campus to experience life as a college student. Seymour Elementary is located in the City of Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood, which is economically disadvantaged, yet located close to Syracuse University.  The program introduces Seymour students to Syracuse University, showing them it’s “their” university and they can someday be a college student. The Seymour fifth-graders are grouped together with Syracuse University students, attend classes and have lunch on campus. After lunch, students tour the Carmelo K. Anthony Center and meet Syracuse University student-athletes.

Syracuse University Guaranteed Mortgage Program

Provides eligible faculty and staff an alternative financing method to purchase a home in designated neighborhoods. For more information, visit the Guaranteed Mortgage Program website.

Thursday Morning Roundtable

Currently being held via Zoom, Thursday Morning Roundtable is a civic engagement program hosted by Syracuse University. The weekly 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.

United Way

The Office of Community Engagement serves as the administrative site for the university-wide United Way campaign. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Syracuse University campaign may email the Office of Community Engagement .


Meeting Room Request

Groups or organizations with nonprofit status and an educational component in their mission may use the Warehouse community spaces, free of charge. For more information and to submit a request, visit our Meeting Room Request page.

Campus Filming Office

The Campus Filming Office coordinates all aspects of commercial filming and photography on the Syracuse University campus or University-owned property. For more information, visit the Campus Filming Office .