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2020 SUNY Oswego Annual Report

Community Impact

Throughout its history, SUNY Oswego has been a public institution committed to serving and helping to advance its community.

Enriching the Communities We Touch

There are many ways SUNY Oswego faculty members, staff and students come together with our community partners, both near and far, to enrich and support the communities we touch.

Oswego Forward

With caution, creativity, care and community partnership, SUNY Oswego developed a plan titled Oswego Forward — A Plan for Fall 2020 Restart at SUNY Oswego that was approved by the State University of New York and met the New York State’s Department of Health “Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines.” The college’s Spring Forward 2021 Plan continues to support vibrant academic and campus life opportunities while preparing for the health and safety of our community.

Community-Focused Response to COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic “hit home” in March 2020, SUNY Oswego faculty members, staff and students quickly volunteered to share their skills and talent, joining together with neighborhood partners to help keep our community members healthy and safe. In total, official college donations to local healthcare workers, first responders and others numbered: 23,200 rubber gloves, 2,150 3-D face shields, thousands of cloth face masks, 60 N95 face masks, 30 ventilator adapters, and two patient body shields.

Commitment to Community Engagement

SUNY Oswego’s decades of commitment to serving its community was again recognized this past year by the Carnegie Foundation when the college was announced as one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the competitive Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. One of only four SUNY institutions to receive this designation, SUNY Oswego first earned the classification in 2010, making this the second consecutive time the Carnegie Foundation has renewed the honor.