The Shaw Center aspires to be an international leader for higher education community engagement and to instill civic and global competencies as an essential core component of the Syracuse University teaching, learning and research experience.
The Shaw Center supports the University’s mission to engage students and faculty by providing institutional leadership for experiential learning through community engagement in order to enhance academic learning objectives, research and the student experience.
- Enhance student learning through academic engagement opportunities in which students apply knowledge, skills and values in diverse community settings that address global issues and complex societal problems.
- Foster reciprocal and generative community partnerships for intercultural and ethical learning that collaboratively address community identified needs and meet institutionally defined goals.
- Enhance the student experience by developing leadership opportunities through internships, community engagement, center initiatives, literacy programs, and consultation.
- Promote a culture of innovation and discovery through real-world engagement that addresses unscripted, complex community issues and stakeholder expectations.
- Support interdisciplinary collaboration with community partners for faculty research and creative activities which address emerging opportunities and societal needs.
- Leadership: The Shaw Center Leadership Intern Program is a community-based experiential learning opportunity for undergraduate students, to help them develop leadership skills. They participate in challenging assignments designed around real-world problem solving that requires a high level of critical thinking. Working in partnership with our professional staff, Shaw Center leadership interns have the opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate center programs and initiatives.
- Literacy: The Shaw Center’s Literacy Initiatives, launched in 1997 with the SU Literacy Corps, provide Syracuse University students opportunities to academically engage with the Syracuse community through multiple schools and nonprofit organizations. The SU Literacy Corps (SULC), SU’s America Reads program, is the foundation of the Shaw Center’s Literacy Initiatives, sending more than 300 SU tutors into the community each year to provide nearly 40,000 hours of rich literacy support in various classrooms and after-school program settings.
- Community Engagement: Through its Community Engagement Program, the Shaw Center provides guidance and support for Syracuse University faculty as they develop their community-based service learning curriculum. While developing projects, courses, and student placements, the Shaw Center works with our community partners to facilitate placements that meet their needs. In an average academic year, service learning students commit an estimated 20,000 hours toward community-based projects.
- Consultation: Since the Shaw Center is at the nexus of academic and community life, we can tap into a wellspring of experiential knowledge. Drawing upon archives of both students’ and instructors’ notations and myriad assessments, we are an evolving “laboratory” of what works and what does not work in learning. Accordingly, we welcome inquiries from faculty as well as community organizations who seek expert guidance on courses, programs, risk/liability, or training.