forever orange

Now more than ever

These are important times for the United States, for democracy, and for the world. And they are important times for the Maxwell School, which exists to sort out the biggest issues of society, while preparing leaders and citizens for their roles in public life.

Maxwell is taking extraordinary steps to meet the challenges of the era. We are creating new research initiatives—and enhancing many of those that exist, so as to better inform public policy and gain a deeper understanding of society. We are creating named faculty positions and filling them with scholars who not only conduct such research, but also prepare future researchers to do the same. And, in particular, we are optimizing Maxwell’s advantages for undergraduates—many of them future public leaders, all of them future engaged citizens.

In all this work, Maxwell remains doggedly interdisciplinary, because complex public challenges require broad approaches. Maxwell is still the only major school of public affairs mixing the social sciences, policy research, and professional degrees.

Amid these efforts, in late 2019, Syracuse University announced the Forever Orange campaign. Within it lies $125 million in funding priorities for Maxwell. The campaign also incentivizes Maxwell to attract 125,000 unique donors, to symbolize the breadth of School support.

All who have ever supported Maxwell, or even considered supporting Maxwell, are encouraged to make a new investment in the School. For Maxwell, and for the world, it matters now more than ever.