A key outcome for study abroad is a wider perspective on the world and students’ places in it. Time spent at Syracuse London is meant to help students reflect on how they contribute to and influence local and global dynamics through co-curricular learning. Our teaching and programming is centred around the pillars of global citizenship, focusing on how we can all positively affect our communities while minimising our negative impacts on the planet to support equality, justice, and sustainability. Our diversity and inclusion efforts seek to ensure that everyone at Faraday House feels they are welcome, and encourages our students and staff to consider their own identities, privileges, and roles in systemic inequalities.
Civic engagement and community relations are key to our ability to provide students with the richest possible experiences while learning with them about a multitude of global issues. Students are encouraged to invest in their own personal and professional development through internships and to integrate in and support their new community through a variety of volunteering options. Alumni – both of our Faraday House program and the wider Syracuse University family – serve key roles in providing these opportunities to our students. We are also pleased to engage our alumni in a variety of programs and provide them with an ongoing connection to Team Orange.
Further afield than London and beyond our current semester students, we are particularly touched by our strong relationship with Lockerbie, Scotland, a village unfortunately best-known for being the crash site of Pan Am Flight 103 on 21 December 1988. Thirty-five of our students lost their lives as a result of that terrorist bombing while on their way home from a semester in Europe. In the wake of that tragedy, Syracuse University has built strong ties to Lockerbie Academy, from which two students are awarded scholarships each year to study as a freshman at our home campus – where they meet our 35 annual Remembrance Scholars. Our commemoration of that tragic event provides current students, alumni, faculty, and the wider community a chance to explore themes of trauma, collective memory, and rebuilding in a meaningful and collaborative way.