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Students help with neighborhood cleanup.

Syracuse University provides students, faculty and staff opportunities to authentically engage with the world around them.

Who We Are

Syracuse University's Office of Community Engagement serves as a platform connecting the City of Syracuse and Central New York with the University's skills and resources for mutual benefit. We focus on achieving sustainable community impact through:

Student engagement: Creating opportunities for student volunteering and mentorship which produce valued student experiences and positively contribute to community organizations.

Community engagement: Strengthening the community by using capabilities within the University to enhance or deliver programs involving education and youth development, civic engagement and economic impact.


Spring 2024 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, and
  • a question-and-answer session led by the speaker

WCNY-FM (91.3) broadcasts the programs the following Sunday at 8 p.m.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date Topic/Speaker Watch/Register
Jan. 18 Rev. Brian Konkol and Leondra Tyler on the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Watch the video
Feb. 22 Robert Simmons of Micron and Lauren Kochain of the MOST on STEM Education Watch the video
Mar. 28 Thinking Locally About the Racial Wealth Gap Watch the video
Apr. 18 Laurie Black of Book Buddies on Childhood Literacy Watch the video
May 9 Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh Watch the video
Jessica Whitley Mural in front of city hall in Syracuse.
A high school student works in the mechanics shop at the Syracuse University Physical Plant to gain experience in their field of interest.

SU Spring Job Shadow

The SU Spring Job Shadow provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) Career and Technical Education (CTE) program to gain valuable on-site experience observing professionals in their chosen field through unpaid opportunities with various Syracuse University employees.

  • 4-week program (May-June)
  • 1.5 hours on campus twice each week
  • Students receive letter of recommendation and certificate of recognition from Syracuse University upon completion

Potential placements include: Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Trades, and Law Enforcement.