Barner-McDuffie House

Exterior image of 119 Euclid

When Syracuse University opened 119 Euclid Ave. in 2021, it created a new opportunity to support diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the student experience. Formerly the site of administrative offices, 119 Euclid returned to its original home-like state as a comfortable and welcoming space for the campus community, especially Black students and those interested in Black history and culture, to relax, share, learn and grow.

In January 2024, Sharon Barner ’79 and her family made a historic gift to ensure the future of 119 Euclid while providing support to Black, first-generation and underrepresented students. 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.

The Barner-McDuffie House is the first building on Syracuse’s main campus named by an African American family through philanthropic support. In addition, the gift will enhance scholarship opportunities for first-generation and underrepresented students and strengthen cultural, academic and social student-led activities that promote Black culture.

For more information about ways you can support programming and activities at the Barner-McDuffie House, contact Rachel Vassel at or 315.385.9988.

Interior of 114 Euclid Ave building