Giving Opportunities

An Unsurpassed Student Experience: Creating a brighter future for us all

Every student should have the opportunity to explore, discover and realize their full potential. Your generosity and investment in the human spirit allows deserving students to pursue their passions and provides access to experiences that will help them succeed in the classroom, in the community and around the world.

We embrace inclusivity and provide access to hands-on opportunities through scholarships, fellowships and multicultural experiences that broaden views, create positive connections and reveal new paths forward. Our inclusive and accessible spaces and cultural centers give students an appreciation of diverse viewpoints, cultures, interests and beliefs.

Giving Opportunities

  • Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center: The hub of student life and the gateway to campus, this space is a truly inclusive and fully accessible location for dining, student cultural centers, activities and organizations. The Disability Cultural Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ Resource Center are co-located in a central, easily accessible space to honor the intersectionality of identity and allow for coalition-building and collaboration. Donor and naming opportunities include the Intercultural Collective (office suite, lounge, reception), shared library and work room and two conference rooms.
  • Barner-McDuffie House: Located at 119 Euclid Ave., this is the first building on Syracuse’s main campus to be named by an African American family through philanthropic support. A historic gift made by Sharon Barner ’79 and her family will endow 119 Euclid—a space that celebrates the Black student experience—while enhancing scholarship opportunities for first-generation and underrepresented students and strengthening cultural, academic and social student-led activities that promote Black culture. In recognition of the gift, the building was renamed the Barner-McDuffie House—in honor of Barner, a Syracuse University trustee, and her husband, Haywood McDuffie.
  • Our Time Has Come Scholarship Program: For more than 30 years, this program has honored outstanding students for their academic achievements, awarding more than 1,500 scholarships to date. It is the University’s largest endowment benefitting underrepresented students with an unmet financial need. Giving opportunities include the Vanessa Williams Scholarship, Kevin Richardson Scholarship, Dave Bing Scholarship, Lois and Martin Whitman Scholarship, Syracuse 8 Scholarship, Corning Scholars Fund and more.
  • Indigenous Student Support: Located just minutes from the heart of Haudenosaunee territory, Syracuse University is invested in promoting cross-cultural dialogue, research, and appreciation for Native American leadership, innovation and contributions. Giving opportunities include the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship, Haudenosaunee Honor Scholarship, the Indigenous Pathways Grant and the Native Student Program.
  • ACE Mentor Scholarships: Offered to selected students who are admitted to the College of Engineering and Computer Science or the School of Architecture.
  • GEM Fellowships: A program of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science that provides fellowships in an engineering or science discipline.
  • STEM Fellowships: Designed to help students from underrepresented groups pursue doctoral programs.
  • STOP Bias: A Universitywide initiative that educates the campus community about bias and provides resources to report and receive support for bias-related incidents.


Academic Excellence: Inspiring all learners, investing in teaching and creating promising futures

Now, more than ever, Syracuse University needs your support to broaden the impact that our educators, innovators and entrepreneurs can have on individuals, on our campus, in our communities and around the world. By supporting recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and student-focused cultural and research centers, you are investing in the promise of an academic experience that is equitable and provides each individual on our campus with the resources and support they need to be successful.

Despite the challenges we face, we are resilient and committed to creating extraordinary academic opportunities for our students and faculty. From social justice research to graduate fellowships to endowed chairs and professorships―your support empowers our global community. Strategic investments in recruiting, retaining and supporting outstanding faculty from various backgrounds allows us to expand our research impact, innovate for the greater good and drive breakthrough discoveries.

Giving Opportunities

  • The Lender Center for Social Justice: The Lender Center fosters proactive, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to issues related to social justice, equity and inclusion.
  • Endowed chairs and professorships: Attract highly qualified faculty and promote expertise in specific areas of research.
  • Recruitment of faculty and post-doctoral students.
  • Visiting Faculty Fellows
  • Graduate Fellowships and research opportunities for students.
  • Cluster Hires Initiative: Ten cross-disciplinary clusters bolster the University’s research enterprise and reaffirms its commitment to hire, develop and retain diverse faculty.

Unique Learning Opportunities: Opening doors and empowering all

At Syracuse University, we embrace a proud tradition of welcoming students from all backgrounds, excluding no one and valuing everyone’s contributions. As we face increasingly complex challenges, inclusiveness is more important than ever, and we understand that learning from others and embracing differences is at the heart of the university experience.

Together, we can strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion through faculty recruiting, scholarship and fellowship investments and continuing to provide best-in-class educational opportunities to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our students are part of a rich, multifaceted community where members from all walks of life are empowered to find their voice, share their insights and expertise, and become part of something bigger than themselves.

Giving Opportunities

  • InclusiveU: This initiative of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to experience college life fully.
  • First-Generation Student Support (e.g., Project Transition): Tutoring services, immersions, career planning, mental health resources, family engagement, and alumni and peer mentoring.
  • Internships for underrepresented students.
  • Syracuse Public Interest Network: Fellowships for internships/externships/postgraduate work in public interest and social justice.
  • Syracuse Abroad: Students become global citizens through international study opportunities in more than 60 countries. Programs include Paris Noir, which focuses on the influence and dynamics of Black culture, literature and experience in Paris, both past and present.
  • Veterans and Military-Connected Support: Investing in scholarships, programming and hands-on experiences through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) and the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) helps support those currently serving in the military, veterans and their families.


For more information about any of the above opportunities and other ways you can support diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility at Syracuse University, contact Rachel Vassel, associate vice president for multicultural advancement, at or 315.385.9988.