Buffalo State Community Engagement

Buffalo State Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Buffalo State

Annual Fall Saturday of Service

Public Achievement

The SUNY Buffalo State Community Academic Center  

The Community Academic Center (CAC) coordinates educational support programming for youth and families on Buffalo’s West Side through SUNY Buffalo State engagement. The CAC coordinates and anchors cradle-to-career educational support programming for youth on the West Side. Given its geographic location in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York State with over 70 languages spoken, the CAC puts a special emphasis on supporting the needs of English Language Learners. In addition to providing direct programming facilitated by service-learning students and faculty as well as volunteers, the CAC serves as a hub for coordinating Buffalo State community engagement at various satellite locations in partnership with a variety of community-based organizations.

Campus contact:  Maureen McCarthy, CEURE Associate,

The SUNY Buffalo State Alternative Break program

Alternative Break immerses student-led teams in unique direct service and experiential learning opportunities with community organizations.  Alternative Break provides an outlet for students to become community leaders and the tools to educate others about social justice issues.  Since Alternative Break’s inception, the program has grown to provide opportunities for students to learn, serve, lead and become active citizens during fall, winter, spring, and summer break. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 35 participants completed 1,400 hours of service in four communities throughout New York, including Buffalo, Rochester, Brooklyn, and Bear Mountain, NY.

Campus contact:  Aurora Schul,

The SUNY Buffalo State Community Service Peer Leader Program   

The Community Service Peer Leader program is geared towards students who wish to have a long-term structured service experience during their collegiate career and offers students an opportunity to interact with the community through service. The Peer Leader program helps to develop strong student leaders, who are active citizens in their community.  The Community Service Peer Leaders exist to further connect the Buffalo State campus and the Buffalo community. One of the goals of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) is to strengthen partnerships with community organizations in Buffalo and the Peer Leader program is one of the ways that the VSLC is able to achieve that goal.

Campus contact:  Laura Hill Rao,

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