Syracuse University is known all over the world as a leader in disability and higher education. At SU, we celebrate disability because it makes our campus stronger, more diverse, and much more interesting; until everyone is included, there is no real inclusion for anyone. InclusiveU is an initiative of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, committed to individualized and inclusive higher educational opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What’s it like to be a student at InclusiveU? 

InclusiveU is a fully inclusive program at Syracuse University for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this webinar, you’ll hear first-hand from program staff and students, to find out what it’s really like! Check out our guest speakers below!

BRIANNA SHULTS is the Director of InclusiveU and was previously the program’s Internship and Employment Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s in biology, a master’s in education from Le Moyne College, and a master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Prior to her roles at the Taishoff Center, she worked for a Syracuse area organization, where she worked to develop and establish employment and community programs to assist individuals to gain the skills they need to become actively engaged in the community around them.

SAM ROUX has worked at the Taishoff Center since 2014, first as the Coordinator of the ACCESS program through Onondaga Community Living and currently as the Academic and Student Support Coordinator, advising InclusiveU students on courses, campus life, and independent living. Sam graduated in 2013 from SUNY Fredonia with a dual degree in History and Social Studies Adolescent Education. Prior to his roles with the Taishoff Center, he worked as a campus mentor, supporting individual InclusiveU students as they navigated college life.

THOMAS “HUDSON” GOLEBIEWSKI is an 18-year-old Senior at Union Endicott High School. He is a very proud “Tiger” and attends UE with his sister, Hattie, and his North Star Service dog, Oscar. Hudson has enjoyed running in Union Endicott Cross Country, working in the school bookstore, and attending weekly Key Club and YES Leads meetings with Hattie. Hudson looks forward to organizing his 2nd annual Autism 5K in April and playing UE Unified Basketball this Spring. Hudson recently applied to Syracuse University’s InclusiveU with hopes to attend in the Fall of 2022! He plans to study US History and Sports Management. Hudson’s biggest wish is to make more friends, raise more awareness for Autism, and create a “North Star Student Puppy Raising Club” on the Syracuse campus.

SELENA SHORT is from Syracuse, NY, and is a Senior at InclusiveU. Her major is forensic anthropology and she is currently participating in her internship year. Selena enjoys reading and watching movies, has two cats, and an admitted addiction to Harry Potter.

JACOB STIVES is from Buffalo, NY, and is a Sophomore at InclusiveU. He lives in an inclusive residence hall on campus. Jacob enjoys going to football and basketball games and hanging out with his friends in Peer2Peer. 


MACKENZIE GLEASON is from Phoenix, NY, and is a sophomore at InclusiveU, majoring in Food Studies. Mackenzie works at Wegmans and hopes to own her own restaurant one day.


Additional Resources

Watch this video (click above, or here) and learn about InclusiveU through the stories of three trailblazers, Meghan, Cleo, and Harry.

Learn More at the InclusiveU Website.