City and Community

Syracuse University's partnerships with the city and surrounding communities provide a vital two-way street that benefits students and local citizens. Here are just a few examples.

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Our office is a liaison with neighborhood, community, business, and nonprofit organizations on matters pertaining to campus-community relationships.

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Say Yes to Education

Syracuse leads a precedent-setting partnership that serves as a national model for urban education reform. By providing support to all city school students, the initiative seeks to help more children succeed academically, graduate from high school, and pursue higher education.

Connective Corridor

The Connective Corridor is a civic engagement initiative led by Syracuse University, working with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. With upgrades like new bike lanes, sidewalks, streetlights, benches, curbs, and other streetscape improvements, the project combines research, scholarship, and civic entrepreneurship, in using the City of Syracuse as a “living laboratory” for urban revitalization.

Center of Excellence

From Lab to Market: The Syracuse Center of Excellence catalyzes research, development, and demonstrations to accelerate innovations for clean energy, healthy buildings, and resilient communities.

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage is a global village square where renowned artists and audiences of all ages gather to celebrate our cultural richness and explore the transformative power of live theatre. Learn more about the Department of Drama at Syracuse Stage.

Near West Side Initiative

The Syracuse Art, Literacy, Technology (SALT) District of the Near Westside is a non-profit organization operated out of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development at Syracuse University. It leverages the resources of Syracuse University, the state, the city, private foundations, businesses, non-profit corporations, and neighborhood residents to achieve its goals. Learn more about the Near West Side Initiative