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.
Additionally, the Shaw Center oversees Literacy Initiatives in collaboration with several campus partners. The Shaw Center staff works with the Whitman School of Management for Balancing the Books; the Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics for Books & Cooks!; the College of Engineering and Computer Science for the Engineering Ambassadors; the School of Education for various tutoring programs; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the Panther Post at Huntington School; and the Pen Pal Project with a former Shaw Center leadership intern, who is now a teacher with KIPP-Infinity in New York City.
Our strong and tested relationships with on- and off-campus partners provide the trust and respect needed for these successful programs. Our campus and community partners understand the importance of what we provide our students—the opportunities to learn about civic responsibility as well as the difficult challenges facing urban education. We are grateful for the continued support from our campus, community, and corporate partners. We also acknowledge the incredible SU students whose commitment and dedication to SU, their own learning and growth, and the community exemplifies the Chancellor’s vision.