University College serves as the bridge between Syracuse University and the Central New York community. Many time-honored, nationally-renowned civic programs like Thursday Morning Roundtable and Onondaga Citizens League were started at University College and have endured because of UC’s vision. More recently, two-way community pathways have been forged with artistic and cultural endeavors like La Casita Cultural Center, Community Folk Arts Center, and Syracuse Stage.
University College has a special commitment to community programs designed to improve citizen understanding of public policy issues and to encourage participation in the democratic process. In addition, our long-standing partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb encourages local middle school students to pursue their interests in science careers.
University College Sponsored Programs
Onondaga Citizens League (OCL)
OCL fosters informed public discourse by identifying and studying critical community issues affecting Central New York, developing recommendations for action, and communicating study findings to interested and affected groups.
Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR)
TMR is a weekly civic forum bringing together a mix of community leaders and experts from a variety of fields to learn about public issues and problems.
Institute for Retired People (IRP)
IRP provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, expand interests, and make new acquaintances through meetings featuring guest speakers.
An SU undergraduate conceived the idea of Shadow Day – and it has become a tradition each spring on campus. Fifth graders from Seymour Magnet School in the Syracuse City School District come to campus to “shadow” student volunteers. They have breakfast with the Chancellor, attend classes, have lunch in the dining hall, and visit the athletics department. The children learn about the rewards and responsibilities of education, and have role models from similar backgrounds who show them the possibilities for their own futures.
The Citizens Academy offers residents of Onondaga County the opportunity to find out how local government works, how to join with government to effect change, and how to create the future of our community.
Women of the University Community
This is an inclusive organization established at Syracuse University that schedules special events during the school year, sponsors auxiliary groups that meet regularly, and organizes projects to raise funds for scholarships.
Community Folk Art Center
The Center offers diverse education and public programming options in the visual and performing arts in the form of classes, workshops, lectures, etc.
Community Music Division (Setnor School of Music)
This program serves both the University Community and the Greater Syracuse region with an array of music classes and activities. It provides opportunities for community members of all ages to learn about music, take music lessons, and perform in a variety of ensembles.
La Casita Cultural Center
Central New York’s only Latin cultural center is located in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood, which is also home to the area’s largest Latino population. La Casita hosts cultural events that promote and document the arts, culture, and education of the Latin community. It also provides dance, theater, and youth programming.