InclusiveU News

May 16, 2019: InclusiveU Students Continue Advocacy Work in Higher Education

Students in Syracuse University’s InclusiveU program spent this year advocating for inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities beginning with a visit to Capitol Hill last fall and ending with a visit to campus from U.S. Representative John Katko. Read more here.

May 11, 2019: Thirteen InclusiveU students walk at School of Education Graduation.

View photo gallery here.

March 19, 2019: InclusiveU named one of the top 20 universities with great inclusion programs for students with disabilities by The Mighty

February 23, 2018: New blog from InclusiveU students launches as part of their “Writing for College” Seminar

meghan and ottoThe blog will feature fan fiction, original stories, photos and other submissions from InclusiveU students. Check out the first post, about Meghan Brozaitis’ experience living in a dorm, here.

February 19, 2018: InclusiveU and Student Association partner to increase diversity on SA committees

The partnership between the two organizations started in early February. InclusiveU students — SU students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities — will work with SA members on various committees, including the Diversity Affairs and Student Life committees. Read the full Daily Orange article here.  

February 15, 2018: Newhouse video profile of InclusiveU student Harry Dydo.

InclusiveU student Harry is living out a life-long dream of being a Team Manager for the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball team. View the video here!

December 15, 2017:InclusiveU’s OnCampus program holds reception at the Warehouse to view PAL Project pieces

photo of PAL pieceMembers of InclusiveU’s OnCampus program have once again had the opportunity to spend time at the Warehouse with Professor Stephen Mahan, working through the PAL Project to create self portraits. The project gives our students the experience of taking photos, writing and digitally editing, all to create a reflection of who they are through their pieces. This year’s reception, held in December in the Link Gallery of the Warehouse, was a time for students to read their pieces to friends, family and staffers and also to celebrate the students’ progress in the program. Continue reading about the collaboration here. Photos from the event as well as select pieces of art can be viewed here.


August 6, 2017: InclusiveU featured in Education Life section of the New York Times

Intern Meghan Muscatello and several other students from InclusiveU were featured in this piece about college opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

May 4, 2017: End of the Semester Celebration

Our students, Peer partners and friends gathered to celebrate another great year of InclusiveU. Thank you to Jon Rushmore for putting together this awesome slide show of Peer-2-Peer events for everyone to take home.

March 3, 2017: InclusiveU student profiled by

Thank you to for a fantastic article profiling first year student, Harry Dydo. Harry attends InclusiveU and works with the Syracuse’s Men’s Basketball Team as a Student Basketball Manager. We couldn’t be prouder of Harry and can’t wait to see all he accomplishes here at SU and beyond!



October 7, 2016: Syracuse University Depararchboldeventgroupshottment of Recreational Services hosts Peer-2-Peer Team Building event.

Our group of 15 students had a blast at this Archbold Gym event. They participated in group-based activities that strengthened their communications and problem solving skills. This is the second Peer-2-Peer event that Rec Services has hosted for our program. Click here to view photos!


screen-grab-huff-post-piece-2InclusiveU Featured on HuffPost RISE (Huffington Post, 9/27/16)

April 28, 2016: Newhouse students profile InclusiveU

christinethumbnailA Multimedia Storytelling class from Newhouse chose to profile InclusiveU students for their “Non-fiction” assignment. These unique videos give you a glimpse into a day in the life of an InclusiveU student at Syracuse University. Click here to watch!


March 29, 2016: The first Project SEARCH Newsletter is here!

We recently launched our quarterly newsletter for Project SEARCH. The program at SU had a successful start and we can’t wait to see what else our interns accomplish this year. Read about them here.

March 28, 2016: Information session for 2016/17 academic year

The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education is pleased to invite you to an information session about InclusiveU, the initiative at Syracuse University that offers a comprehensive college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At this 1-hour presentation geared towards MSC, Brokers, Community Agencies, Partners, and Families, you will be able to meet Taishoff Center Director Dr. Beth Myers, InclusiveU Director Bud Buckhout, and Assistant Director/Peer-to-Peer Coordinator Dee Katovitch, who will review the different InclusiveU programs, funding options and application process for this fall. Click here for the flyer!


March 2, 2016: BE THE CHANGE Hip Hop Dance Performance

BE THE CHANGE, a hip hop dance class presentation, performed to a full house at Huntington Hall today. The piece focused on celebrating differences, peace, and the roots of hip-hop and expression. The performance was followed by a dialogue with the audience about the messages and feelings that were evoked. Watch the video here!

croppedDr. Tehmekah MacPherson, Dance Technique Studies instructor and director of the performance, hoped that by holding the event in the School of Education there would be a richer opportunity to honor the message, promote dialogue about difference, and highlight some of the advantages behind the InclusiveU and Taishoff Center Initiatives.

We truly enjoyed being a part of it and watching the students and audience “feel” the performance.

“Hip Hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level, and to make a change”   -Doug E. Fresh