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Syracuse HeaderSyracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. SU has a rich history of engaging the issues of the times and its surrounding community. This tradition—long embedded in the scholarship of faculty members and in the work of a range of departments—is a purposeful aspect of SU’s identity as an institution today. Syracuse University’s website>>

Scholarship in Action

Scholarship in ActionServing the public good connects SU with the immediate community and with communities throughout the world. By stretching the boundaries of the campus, SU creates innovations that matter, and tests notions of who is a scholar and what scholarship is. Syracuse University is driven by its vision, Scholarship in Action —a commitment to forging bold, imaginative, reciprocal, and sustained engagements with its many constituent communities, local as well as global. Described below are some of the key projects in which the University collaborates with partners in downtown Syracuse and its connected neighborhoods. More available here>>

Partnership for Better Education

Partnership for Better EducationCoordinated through the School of Education, the Partnership for Better Education (PBE) assists Syracuse City School District students to graduate and successfully pursue higher education by providing new opportunities for quality instruction. PBE fosters innovative approaches to inclusive education for students in urban schools by emphasizing literacy through the arts, business and entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Read more>>

South Side Initiative

South Side InitiativeIn 2005, SU facilitated the formation of an independent, community-based organization of emerging, neighborhood leaders from the South Side of Syracuse. The University collaborates with a community coalition on a number of projects, including a South Side Community Newspaper, improving access to the internet, and the Kuumba Project — an after-school arts academy to cultivate the artistic talent of South Side youth. Read more>>

Somali-Bantu Community Based Tutoring Program

Syracuse Bantu TutoringThe city of Syracuse has a large population of Somali Bantu refugees who, due to cultural and language barriers, have difficulty integrating into American society.  In partnership with the Somali Bantu Community Organization of Syracuse, students from Syracuse tutor Somali children in English, math, and science every Saturday.  Students work with 100 Somali children of various ages and English abilities. Learn more>>