As an anchor institution in the city of Syracuse, Syracuse University is building on its historical strengths and pursuing collaborations that simultaneously enrich scholarship and change the face of this older industrial city. Through extensive partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, SU is creating meaningful opportunities for students and faculty to learn and discover, while tackling pressing issues in communities like the Near Westside that resonate in our nation and world. The NWSI has been operating out of the Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development since 2007. Since that time, SU’s involvement in the NWSI has been broad, with over 70 faculty and 1,200 students engaged in projects. This anchor institution approach reduced costs and enriched lives as students, faculty, and employees addressed specific neighborhood needs either as volunteers or in order to advance their scholarship.