Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Make a Difference: Become a Changemaker

Have an innovative idea that addresses a long-standing social problem? Hope to become a transformational leader? Want to learn more about pressing social issues?

At the Levitt Center you will have the opportunity to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills needed to understand and address persistent social problems in innovative, effective and ethical ways. Learn more about our programs and how they will help you develop important qualities of a changemaker: creativity, understanding, self-awareness, and empathy.

Apply for the Levitt Social Innovation Post-Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship provides funding to a graduating senior or recent graduate to develop and implement a social innovation venture that addresses persistent problems in disadvantaged communities. The project may be implemented as a nonprofit, a socially directed for-profit enterprise, a new program connected with an existing organization, or another appropritae model. National and international projects will be considered. Preference will be given to projects implemented in Oneida and Herkimer counties in New York State, and to proposals that use novel aproaches and are scalable and sustainable. The term of the fellowship is for 12 months. Award: $25,000.

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Social Innovation

Design and implement novel solutions to social problems

Our social innovation initiatives introduce students to the ideation and creative problem-solving processes, and nurture creative solutions to social problems with financial and mentoring support.  

Public Scholarship

Research and study complex social problems

Our research grants, speaker series, and curricular support create opportunities for academic study and deep understanding of the complexity of social problems, the constraints of action, and possibilities for change.

Transformational Leadership

Develop your leadership skills to create change

Our programs on transformational leadership and social innovation focus students on becoming self-aware of the values that inspire them, the skills that enable them, and the challenges that confront them.

Engaged Citizenship

Get involved in your community

Effective and ethical solutions to social issues require an ability to imagine others' experiences and to respond in meaningful, empathetic ways. Our service learning courses, public service internships, leadership, and innovation programs help students understand the needs and circumstances of others, and develop the skills needed to work successfully and ethically with them.