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Community Engagement

President Conway-Turner reads to students at Community Service Day 2014.

Engagement is an important and central aspect of the Buffalo State experience. Students are engaged in and outside the classroom, and every attempt is made to help students cultivate a life where they become engaged students and subsequently committed members of their professional and civic communities.


"At Buffalo State College, we will reach for the stars and excel in our engagement. Buffalo State has always been known as a campus that engages in healthy and productive discussions. We wrestle to understand the complexity of local, regional, and international issues. We discuss these issues within and outside our classrooms. As we move ahead, we will maximize our ability to engage in civil and productive discussions. We will engage with colleagues in our departments, in our schools, in our college, and in our communities."

President Katherine S. Conway-Turner
Inauguration speech, October 21, 2014



Career Development Center

The Career Development Center helps organizations connect with qualified applicants for full-time, part-time, summer, volunteer, or internship positions. More than 900 students who take advantage of internships each year gain valuable experience while contributing to our region's workforce effectiveness.

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Buffalo State has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

This is an “elective” classification—institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.

The Carnegie Foundation noted that Buffalo State documented “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practice that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutional practices of community engagement.”

News story: Buffalo State Earns National Recognition for Community Engagement

Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education

The Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) was established to proactively meet the needs of disadvantaged students and their schools in urban and impacted rural areas. CEURE's mission is to close the student achievement gap, revitalize impacted schools to facilitate teacher retention, and provide qualified, effective teachers for every classroom that needs one. To this end, CEURE has initiated ongoing efforts to shape culturally responsive education strategies that benefit students in Western New York's city and rural schools.

Community Academic Center

The Community Academic Center (CAC), located at 214 Grant Street, coordinates and provides cradle-to-career educational support programming for youth and families on Buffalo's West Side. Programming is developed and designed in collaboration with campus and community partners. Activities and offerings range from outside of school time enrichment to instruction for newcomer refugee youth and parents. The CAC is jointly operated by the Center for Excellence in Rural and Urban Education and the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center.

Economic Development

Buffalo State College is one of Western New York's most valuable cultural and economic resources. As a public urban institution of higher education, Buffalo State has been delivering America's promise since 1871.

With more than 10,500 students and 1,800+ employees, Buffalo State is a major contributor to the Western New York economy. Many graduates enter the workforce in high-demand fields and are immediately employed. Because a large percentage of our graduates remain in Western New York, Buffalo State is a major contributor to the economic and social fabric of this region.

In addition, more than $300 million in new construction at Buffalo State has taken place in the past five years, which has created many new full-time jobs in Western New York and added to the City of Buffalo's renaissance.

Global Book Project

The Global Book Project promotes family literacy and global understanding for students and community members. The Global Book Hour (GBH) provides weekly book-hour sessions that integrate geography, music, visual arts, and healthy eating. Teacher candidates facilitate the program with read-alouds and reading strategies and activities for families. Club HoLa is a children’s literature Spanish language club held one hour each week at Buffalo State for teacher candidates to build their experience and familiarity with the Spanish language, as well as opportunities for students to engage in international study and exchanges.

Great Lakes Center

Buffalo State is the only SUNY institution that operates an on-shore experimental laboratory on Lake Erie. The Great Lakes Center brings together faculty from seven academic departments to offer programs in watershed hydrology, water quality, environmental toxicology and chemistry, aquatic ecology, fisheries, urban ecology, and environmental education.

The center improves the quality of the environment by providing the best possible science to decision-makers concerned with the health and sustainability of Great Lakes and their watersheds.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides management and technical assistance to start-up and existing small businesses throughout Erie County and the Niagara Frontier.

The SBDC brings together the resources of Buffalo State with the private sector and government agencies to provide small businesses with counseling, training, and instructional programs in the areas of business organization, finance, marketing, and technical requirements.

Sponsored Programs, Research and Economic Development

The Sponsored Program Operations office at Buffalo State exists to promote, support and administer research, scholarship, and creative and entrepreneurial activities as a commitment to Buffalo State, SUNY, and the broader community.

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) consists of an experienced team of professionals committed to assisting faculty, staff, and stakeholders to develop and submit compelling, competitive funding proposals. The ORED collaborates with colleagues within the Buffalo State community to attract external funding and to contribute toward economic advancement in our region.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) leads efforts to integrate service with learning across campus while working to improve the success of local agencies and schools in meeting the needs of community residents. We help create long-term, meaningful partnerships with community agencies through service-learning, volunteering and other experiential opportunities for students. In addition to supporting service-learning courses, the VSLC offers a wide-range of both long and short-term volunteer opportunities for students including alternative breaks, leadership programs, community service days, volunteer fairs, and more.

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