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The mission of the Syracuse University South Side Initiative is to identify and manage community-university partnership projects that contribute to the revitalization of the south side of Syracuse, and provide academic and scholarly opportunities to Syracuse University faculty and students.


Sustainability is interpreted by the South Side Initiative as requiring the expansion of residents’ skills in order for them to continue projects and replicate all facets of project planning, development, and implementation without the support of Syracuse University.


Although enhanced student learning, scholarship, and academic research naturally flow from engaging the community in partnership projects, the default position of the model is to enter into partnerships where there is a greater long-term advantage to the community than to students and faculty.  The initiative’s community-university partnership projects must demonstrate a strong capacity building component