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BOOST receives Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement

Syracuse School of Information Studies (iSchool) students involved with BOOST (Bolstering Original Opportunity and Self through Technology) initiative have been selected to receive a Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship for improving the quality of life in the greater Syracuse community. 

BOOST Initiative, which receives funding from the Kauffman Foundation, is a joint effort between the Women’s Opportunity Center of Syracuse and WIT (Women in Information Technology), an iSchool student organization. Launched last spring, BOOST members create, test, and implement a curriculum designed to give Syracuse area women the skills needed to re-enter the workplace or to start their own businesses. 

Community participants complete courses in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet researching. All courses involve hands-on lab work, with iSchool students teaching and serving as lab assistants. The community participants in BOOST will be recognized for their accomplishments during the SU Showcase in Hinds Hall in April. 

Susan Dischiave, iSchool professor of practice and WIT advisor, applied for the Kauffman Foundation grant money to launch BOOST, and she helps organize the students’ efforts with the Women’s Opportunity Center. 

BOOST members will be presented with the award at a celebration dinner on Monday, March 23 in the Goldstein Auditorium on the Schine Student Center. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement ad Scholarship recognizes the committed students at Syracuse University who exemplify Scholarship in Action—students who invest themselves in and contribute to the public good.

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