Centers & Institutes

Our Centers and Institutes work toward full inclusion for all students with disability in higher education, community, and communication. The Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development boasts seven opportunity programs that provide local K-12 and Syracuse University students access to academic support and resources to achieve their goals.

Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development (CAASD)

McNair scholars at a university receptionThe Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development houses seven Academic Opportunity programs that serve all Syracuse University students, as well as students in local K-12 public schools.

Institute on Communication and Inclusion

The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at Syracuse University is an active research, training, and support center, and the nation’s leading resource for information about communication and inclusion for individuals who type to communicate. We conduct and disseminate cutting-edge research, and share the latest from scholars at other universities and research centers.

Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher EducationInclusiveU student sits with classmates in the commons

The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education is committed to individualized and inclusive higher educational opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established in 2009 as part of Syracuse University’s School of Education, the Taishoff Center offers support, research, training, and resources to individuals, families, and college campus communities looking for strategies to foster and support college students with disabilities. The Center also provides information about students’ rights in higher education, universal design for courses, accommodations for specific types of disabilities, and other disability-related resources.

The Taishoff Center is also the home of InclusiveU, which provides fully inclusive higher education opportunities at Syracuse University for students of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mid-State Partnership Centers

The Syracuse University School of Education has been awarded contracts from The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education (OSE) to support three new projects:

  • Regional Partnership Center (RPC)
  • School-Age Family and Community Engagement Center (The SA-FACE Center)
  • Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Center (The EC-FACE Center)

These centers are part of the OSE Educational Partnership, a state-wide structure in which a community of practitioners will work collaboratively to support students, families, and educational organizations to build capacity and improve educational and post-educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

The Lender Center for Social Justice

The Lender Center for Social Justice is a University center promoting multi-disciplinary and dynamic collaborations that support the development of courageous and ethical scholars and citizens at Syracuse University who are committed to practices of social justice. The Lender Center for Social Justice aspires to foster proactive, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to issues related to social justice, equity, and inclusion.

Intergroup Dialogue Program

The Intergroup Dialogue Program at Syracuse University is deeply involved in the nexus of theory, research, and practice important for intergroup dialogue. Faculty, teaching, and research staff are familiar with and active in various expressions of social justice education. Collectively and individually, we are committed to research that develops an understanding of critical learning processes and change through education.

Center on Human Policy

The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a grant-funded center that supports research, teaching, and advocacy to promote the rights of people with disabilities locally, nationally, and globally, and to facilitate a critical examination of disability as an aspect of diversity in society. CHP was founded in 1971 by Burton Blatt in response to widespread abuse of and discrimination against people with disabilities in society. Over the decades, the Center has engaged in evolving policy, research, and advocacy in, aligned with, and often leading, the national movement to ensure the rights of people with disabilities. Today, the Center continues its long tradition of advocacy and action. Rooted in the belief that all people have value, CHP, through its programs and activities, continuously strives to promote full community participation for people with disabilities.

Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute

The Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute focuses on bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and suggest ways to implement new infrastructures. Syracuse University is uniquely positioned to focus on this goal in an academic setting, since its array of colleges and schools replicates the distinct disciplines responding to infrastructure demand in the public and private sectors.