Programs, Initiatives, and Offices

AccessibleSU: Syracuse University values diversity, is committed to inclusion, and seeks to provide access for all people, including those with disabilities. AccessibleSU serves as a clearinghouse for information on disability and accessibility at SU.

Africa Business Program: Facilitates partnerships between businesses in Central New York and countries in Africa; enhances the business community’s readiness of entering into business relationships with Africa; promotes faculty research/interest in business in Africa.

Cold Case Justice Initiative: An interdisciplinary project that engages Syracuse University College of Law faculty and students, the Cold Case Justice Initiative seeks justice for racially motivated murders during the Civil Rights era on behalf of the victims, their families, local communities, and society at large.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP): Open to students from various backgrounds, CSTEP provides customized strategies for success in all aspects of your life-with a special emphasis on your career plans for pre-med/pre-law, engineering, education, accounting, and more. Alumni of the program have credited CSTEP with providing opportunities to study abroad, fostering personal and professional contacts, and helping them to complete their degree.

Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.): A six-week intergroup dialogue program that takes place in SU’s residence halls. CARE brings together small groups of interested students to exchange views that result in greater awareness about issues and experiences across diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial groups. Participants meet once a week (two hours) with two qualified facilitators to share personal stories focusing on race and ethnicity. Selected readings and activities serve to enhance students’ understanding of these issues in broader society.

Democratizing Knowledge: The focus of the Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Project is on producing transformative knowledges and collectivities with the purpose of contributing to the growth of inclusive publics in higher education, in the workforce, and in the larger polity nationally and globally. A group of critical scholars from interdisciplinary programs and departments developed DK with the primary purpose of confronting white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and colonial heritages.

Dimensions: To create an environment where women of color, through mutual support, may be empowered to engage in dialogue on issues pertinent to women of color. To develop leadership and professional skills that will allow women of color to influence their communities locally, nationally, and globally. Dimensions endeavors to create a place where women of color feel comfortable and included in the Syracuse University and larger Syracuse communities. First-year students will be assisted by Dimensions mentors during the difficult transition to the diversity of campus life and activities. Members will have opportunities to enlarge their awareness on global issues that impact women from diverse cultural backgrounds and to engage in dialogue and projects that will influence the well-being of these communities of women.

Disability Law and Policy Program: The Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP) houses the nation’s first Joint Degree Program in Law and Disability Studies, a Curricular Program in Disability Law and Policy, and Disability Rights Clinic as well as disability-related summer and semester-long externships in New York and Washington, D.C.

Disability Studies Program: The Disability Studies Program @ Syracuse University builds on the pioneering work in the SU School of Education in the area of disability. The program is designed to help students examine disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. Consistent with the Syracuse tradition, this program stands at the forefront of the development of the theoretical, research, educational, and advocacy models necessary to remove the social, legal, physical, policy, and attitudinal barriers that exclude people with disabilities.

Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series: Since 2005, the Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series is dedicated to the presentation of current ideas and strategies for navigating urban education terrain in the United States. The speakers engaged for this series are well renowned scholars committed to revitalizing inclusive urban education. The School of Education invites all students, alumni, staff, faculty, and friends in the community to experience these presentations.

Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services: The mission of the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office is to work with faculty, staff, and students to foster a climate of inclusion, opportunity, and diversity. EOIRS works across all divisions of the University to build community and cultivate a culture of respect, safety, and equity that ensures legal compliance but also goes beyond it, in accordance with the University’s values. Its staff is dedicated to assisting those with concerns or complaints, and to educating members of the University community about their rights and responsibilities with regard to how they are treated and treat others.

Extended Campus: The Extended Campus Program was developed by the School of Education to “extend” the walls of the University beyond the physical boundaries of the main campus. The program provides multiple options for professional development and emphasizes the School’s and University’s commitment to a strong field orientation in graduate education.

fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program: fullCIRCLE is a sustainable, multilayered program designed to assist students in effectively adjusting to the different challenges of college life, including those that are academic, social, professional, and personal in nature, with the goal of retention. The program serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latin@ American, and Indigenous/Native American students. fullCIRCLE promotes academic success, personal development, campus leadership, and civic engagement.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP): The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) was established by the New York State Legislature in 1969 to provide access to independent college and universities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York State. Economic eligibility is based on state-mandated low-income guidelines. Academic criteria are determined by each HEOP institution: a student enrolled in HEOP does not meet the institution’s traditional admissions profile, but are the top performers from the high schools and academies that they attend. HEOP students must demonstrate that they are able to successfully compete at whatever institution they attend. There are no compromises in the admissions process. HEOP is an avenue through which any student meeting both academic and economic guidelines can obtain a bachelor’s degree.

High School for Leadership and Public Service (HSLAPS)Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education, developed HSLAPS for high-school students. The goal is to develop a generation of leaders from urban areas by providing a rigorous academic curriculum and opportunities for leadership and public service.

Holocaust and Genocide Education: The human catastrophe of genocide scarred the 20th-century world and tragically continues to open wounds old and new in the 21st, but it remains conspicuously understudied in K-12 curricula. Holocaust and Genocide Education at Syracuse University seeks to enhance education, cultural production, and public memory about the incidence of genocide – past and present. Faculty and student participants will conduct curriculum research and develop coursework for grades K-6, and implement existing curriculum in grades 7-12, with support from the Spector/Warren Fellowship, which prepares SU students to teach about the Holocaust and genocide. Music, visual and dramatic arts events, including collaborations with the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will broaden the project beyond the curriculum into public dialogues on law, justice, and ethics.

Human Resources: Offers resources, such as:

  • Diversity Recruitment Resources: Developing the most effective diversity recruitment strategy for your department will be critical to creating and maintaining the desired mix of staff diversity on your team;
  • Respectful Workplace: incorporates University policies, programs, and events that promote a discrimination- and harassment-free work environment and demonstrates respect for the individual and his or her role at the University regardless of distinguishing characteristics; and
  • A list of affinity groups which provide forums for the diverse population of SU faculty and staff to gather socially and share ideas and similar interests outside of their particular departments.


InclusiveU:  Individualized program at SU to support students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ITS Accessibility: Technology accessibility at SU means ensuring that all technology is usable by the greatest number of students, faculty, and staff possible, including those with disabilities, so that everyone is able to participate to the maximum extent that they can.

Intergroup Dialogue: Intergroup Dialogue was first developed as part of Syracuse University’s participation in the Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue Research Project. The project brings together faculty, staff, and graduate students across nine institutions to develop best practices in intergroup dialogue, including the development and implementation of a shared curriculum. At the center of this collaboration is a research study that examines the educational benefits of student learning through intergroup dialogue. This research study is based on a multi-method, longitudinal design.

Kenyatta University and Syracuse University Partnership: The Schools of Education of Kenyatta University (KU) and Syracuse University (SU) have had an institutional linkage since 2000 and have collaborated in research projects, mentoring doctoral students, and hosting international conferences. Additionally, a number of students who graduated from Kenyatta University have earned graduate degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.) at Syracuse University in teacher education.

KIPP: Syracuse University partners with KIPP to offer a financial aid award package striving to meet the full need of students.  The KIPP foundation has public charter schools that operate in accordance with a license agreement with the Foundation. Students are from low-income families and are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meal program. KIPP’s goal is to support students as they navigate high school, prepare for college entry, and their college journey. KIPP teachers and leaders help students achieve their dreams by preparing them for a life of choices: which college to attend, which career path to pursue, and how to use their talents to contribute to their communities and improve the world.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): LSAMP is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented (African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and American Indian) students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service: Opened in 1994 with support from our Founding Partner, the Carrier Corporation, the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service is the centerpiece of the University’s community engagement initiative. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to work together for intellectual, ethical, professional and personal development through reciprocal learning in partnership with the community.

McNair Scholars: The McNair Scholars Program at Syracuse University is a federally funded TRIO program that prepares high achieving undergraduate students for graduate/doctoral studies with hands-on research, academic services, and financial support. The program is designed to provide motivation, encouragement, and support to students from all disciplines. We work closely with participants through their undergraduate requirements; encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. The program is funded to serve twenty-eight (28) scholars annually.

Multicultural Empowerment Network: The Multicultural Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) aims to develop personal excellence while exploring cultural masculinities and responsibilities; explore the similarities and differences among communities of color in the struggle for equality; interrogate the impact of racism and the existence of patriarchy, sexism, and heterosexism within communities of color, and explore methods that diminish and eradicate these forms of oppression; empower African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American, and Native collegiate men to be leaders in partnership with women for their communities.

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): The purpose of MGC is to provide a fraternity and sorority option that bases its membership on diversity awareness.

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations: Promotes and fosters positive interfraternal relations, communications, and development of all Latino Fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program: Syracuse University’s chapter of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is committed to the vision of increasing the presence of historically underrepresented populations employed in student affairs and higher education. It includes a unique curriculum that introduces students to the history, practice, and future of working in higher education, as well as opportunities to develop mentorships with faculty and professional staff.

National Pan-Hellenic Council: The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities.

Native Student Program: Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program for admitted first-year and transfer full-time students who are current citizens of one of the six Haudenosaunee nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, or Tuscarora.

Near Westside Initiative: Near Westside Initiative has strengthened the community by fostering economic development, introducing arts and supporting education while providing rich academic experiences for SU students who help facilitate the programs.

Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development (CEED): The mission of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development (CEED) is to implement Syracuse University’s engaged scholarship/urban redevelopment strategy in the City of Syracuse.

Office of Disability Services: The mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to engage the University community to empower students, enhance equity, and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. ODS also maintains the Syracuse University Access Map and Guide

Office of Financial Aid: The University strives to meet the financial need of admitted students and offers a variety of funding options to help make college as affordable as possible.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs: Supports academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, and retention of students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Office of Program Development:  Develops advancement projects to further the University’s interest among African American and Latino alumni.

Office of Residence Life: Provides an educationally stimulating living environment where students explore their own development and positively contribute to the world around them.

Office of Student Assistance: The Office of Student Assistance serves as a central support hub to help students and their families manage crises, life traumas, and other concerns or barriers that impede success. The office works to address the needs of students who struggle in areas such as psychological health, physical health, crime victimization, sexual misconduct and relationship violence, and social adjustment through a variety of interventions, referrals, advocacy, and follow-up services.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Every community has rules and policies that foster safety, security, and wellness and it is the goal of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to accomplish this while promoting learning, awareness, accountability, and service to others.

POSSE: Syracuse University partners with the POSSE Foundation to admit high-school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential from Miami and Atlanta. Selected students receive a full-tuition Syracuse University Posse Leadership Scholarship. Students are identified through the POSSE Foundation and the Syracuse University Admissions Office.

Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC): Housed in the Maxwell School, PARCC advances the theory and practice of the analysis of conflict, the resolution of conflict, collaborative problem solving, and collaborative governance.

Project Advance: Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) is a premier cooperative partnership linking Syracuse University with secondary schools. Through this partnership, high schools can offer qualified seniors the opportunity to enroll in SU courses for university credit. Teachers who have qualified through SUPA as SU adjunct instructors teach enhanced concurrent enrollment university courses in high schools during the school day.

Psycho-Educational Teaching Laboratory: Syracuse University’s Psychoeducational Teaching Laboratory evaluates approximately 30 preschool through secondary students each year, all of whom present puzzling learning and/or behavioral difficulties. With the exception of preschoolers, these students already have been seen by their own school teams and the school personnel or parents are seeking more information regarding the nature of the child’s strengths and weaknesses and appropriate intervention strategies. The clinic’s teams consist of graduate students in school psychology, learning disabilities, severe/profound disabilities, early childhood, and related areas.

PULSE: Cultural Calendar: Provides SU students and the CNY community and opportunity to particpiate in the performing and visual arts and expand the cultural climate of Syracuse University.

Residential Learning Communities: With 30 different learning community options, there are many that specifically focus on the exploration of the diversity and cultural understanding in the world, i.e. Multicultural Living Learning Community, Generation Q Learning Community, International Relations Learning Community, Gen-One Scholars Learning Community, to name a few.  Additionally, all learning communities support students in developing skills and attitudes that enhance academic achievement, supports students in connecting with faculty and staff across campus, as well as making lasting connections with fellow students.

ROTC (Air Force): The Air Force ROTC mission is “To develop quality leaders for the Air Force.” AFROTC is hosted on 145 campuses nationwide that service over 1,100 colleges. Scholarships are available for one to four years, paying partial to full tuition, fees, and books. As an Air Force ROTC cadet, students have the ability to earn a degree at Syracuse University or one of our 12 crosstown universities while participating in military training to earn a commission as an officer.

ROTC (Army): Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. For years, Army ROTC has been creating leaders who go on to rewarding careers in the military and civilian worlds. Syracuse University’s Army ROTC college leadership program offers a commission as a second lieutenant in either the active Army or Reserves/National Guard in a variety of career fields including Combat Arms (Aviation, Armor, Artillery, Infantry, or Engineers), Combat Support, and Combat Service Support branches. ROTC also provides you with discipline and money for tuition while enhancing your college experience. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarship programs available, as well as funds for stipends and book expenses.

Say Yes to Education Syracuse: Say Yes Syracuse is the local chapter of Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national, nonprofit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation’s urban youth. Syracuse’s local chapter was nationally recognized in 2009 with a visit from the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, which included appearances by leaders in the field of higher education, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner.

Schools of Promise: Schools of Promise is a partnership between Syracuse University School of Education and local schools and school districts. This partnership aims to improve elementary schools for all students, especially students who have traditionally not been successful in schools, including students with disabilities, students learning English, students of color, and students from low-income families. Schools of Promise demonstrates the importance of creating more inclusive spaces where all learners have the chance to be successful.

Science and Technology Entry Program: STEP provides academic support services and enrichment activities to students in grades 7 – 12. The key components of STEP are the Saturday Learning Academy, which is comprised of advising, counseling, academic instruction, a computer science enrichment program, tutorials, mentoring and enrichment activities. Other academic activities such as field trips, workshops, and cultural awareness programs are offered.

Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers:  Supplements the academic curriculum with multicultural pedagogies in all spatial design majors, with an emphasis on architecture. In doing so, the intent is to bridge the gap between these various design majors.

Soling Program: The Soling Program seeks to stimulate creative and independent thinking among undergraduate students in all schools and colleges at Syracuse University. It was endowed by former University Trustee and Alumnus Chester Soling, and is housed in The College of Arts and Sciences. The current focus is on innovative interdisciplinary courses that often involve links to the community, and that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.

S.C.O.P.E.(South Campus Organization for Programming Excellence): Provides South Campus residents with diverse, cultural, educational, recreational, and community service oriented programming, with the goal of enhancing the living experience on South Campus.

South Side Initiative: The mission of the Syracuse University South Side Initiative is to identify and manage community-university partnership projects that contribute to the revitalization of the south side of Syracuse, and provide academic and scholarly opportunities to Syracuse University faculty and students.

STOP Bias: The STOP Bias campaign focuses on student’s rights and responsibilities regarding and reporting bias.

Student Legal Services (SLS): Staffed by practicing NYS licensed attorneys, a paralegal, and part-time law clerks, SLS has helped students with their legal dilemmas since 1972.

Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI): SSUI is designed to help undergraduates make a positive impact on their academic and personal development. SSUI partners with SU’s schools and colleges to provide a comprehensive learning experience that includes personal coaching, quiet study areas, University-wide study clinics, and tutorials, as well as social activities that support the students’ success.

Student Support Services: Student Support Services’ mission is to enroll and retain to graduation eligible students. We work collaboratively with students and all the colleges and offices at Syracuse University to make the undergraduate experience a rich and productive one, in order to prepare each student for success in a changing, diverse, and increasingly global environment.

Summer College at SU: Syracuse University Summer College offers high-school students the opportunity to explore college majors and experience college life with credit and noncredit programs.

Summer Start: The SummerStart program is a six-week summer residential program that is designed specifically for incoming first-year students to ease the transition to college life. You’ll be introduced to the academic, social, and cultural life at SU and get a head start on taking a leadership role on campus, beginning from “day one.” Academically, you will have already earned seven to nine credits toward your degree, even before your first semester begins! Socially, you’ll feel comfortable and confident on campus.

SU Abroad: Syracuse University Abroad consistently ranks among the highest-quality international study programs in the country. Students who choose SU Abroad’s programs prepare for the world in the world with invaluable internships, Signature Seminars, language study at all levels, homestays, and community engagement projects.

SUADVANCE:  The SU ADVANCE Team is made up of a dynamic group of individuals, all with different backgrounds and research interests, but with one common project goal: to change the face of faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The team consists of SU administration, faculty, and staff, as well as members outside of the University.

Verbal Blend: Verbal Blend is a spoken-word poetry program designed to enhance students’ confidence in writing and performing original poems. The program comprises of a seven-week workshop series on poetry forms and formats, journal entry, and peer-reviews. Students get the opportunity to showcase their work at public venues such as open mic nights.

WellsLink Leadership Program: The WellsLink Leadership program empowers and supports first-year students of color with the transition to college and prepares them for success.

WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering): The WiSE program fosters current and future success of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through programs designed to address their unique strengths and challenges at every stage from entering freshman to accomplished professional.

WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship): Empowers women to move forward in the innovation, growth, and development of their business ventures.

Women in Design: Women in Design seeks to raise awareness for women in design disciplines across the university.