Welcome to the Barner-McDuffie House!  The Barner-McDuffie House is a place that acknowledges, validates and uplifts the Black experience, benefitting all students on the Syracuse University campus.

Connect with Barner-McDuffie House

To request a tour, for questions or to request accommodations, please email Barner-McDuffie House or call 315.443.4005.

Hours of Operation

At any time during hours of operation, students are encouraged to come to the space.

  • Academic Year: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 12:30-9 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving, Spring and Winter Breaks: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Closed
  • Summer Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Barner-McDuffie House Reservation Form

Barner-McDuffie House reservation options and building highlights include the following.

As the room encourages community and comfort, students often congregate in the social lounge.  Elements such as artwork and accessories that are representative of some Black homes are throughout the social lounge.  A variety of activities happen here as students use the space to watch movies, play games, host events, sing karaoke, sleep, study and hangout. This large room includes a television and many modular chairs to accommodate game night, movie night and group discussions.

  • Room Location: 108
  • Room Capacity: 20

This quiet area hosts the names of Black literary giants flanking students while they study.  The student subcommittee identified each of the names and quotes that are showcased in this room and visitors will find that they represent the many intersectionalities that exist within Black individuals.   This room is equipped with plenty of seating and room to study, it can also hold small groups such as book clubs.

  • Room Location: 201
  • Room Capacity: 20

The mural throughout the room was concepted and designed by Syracuse University students.  Offering numerous modular tables, this room is large enough to hold well-attended meetings and small programs.

  • Room Location: 108
  • Room Capacity: 20

Making the building fully accessible, the Barner-McDuffie House hosts an elevator.

The maximum capacity of the house including standing and sitting areas is 150. However, if only seated the number reduces to 80.

Artwork is a major component in the Barner-McDuffie House. Local artists, faculty and alumni are represented in the space and the students took great care to recommend a variety of artists who they feel best express the full Black experience.

This building came to fruition during the social unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd.  It was of the utmost importance to students that there was a space in the Barner-McDuffie House that was dedicated to Black bodies lost to violence.   This space has also become one that allows students time for introspection, contemplation, decompression and rest.

  • Room Location: 205
  • Room Capacity: 4

A fully functioning kitchen equipped with cooking essentials, tables, chairs and a television that can address all presentation and entertainment needs. Students use this space to cook, enjoy catered food and share meals. 

  • Room Location: 106
  • Room Capacity: 20

The theme for this room is entertainment, highlighting representation throughout of entertainers who have shaped the Black experience as well as the global entertainment experience.   This space is fully equipped with a television that can address all presentation and entertainment needs.

  • Room Location: 202
  • Room Capacity: 12

The theme for this room is Black History at Syracuse University.  The Barner-McDuffie House is partnering with other areas on campus to identify visual elements that will represent the historical aspect of the Black student experience.  A great place to meet and study, this space is fully equipped with a television that can address all presentation and entertainment needs.

    • Room Location: 103
    • Room Capacity: 12

Barner-McDuffie House Highlights

As a place of belonging, to grow individual and collective success, to celebrate culture and identity, while learning from one another through conversations, events and community support, highlights include but are not limited to the following. Visit the Syracuse University Event Calendar for upcoming events.

As self-care takes various forms, these seminars help prepare students for creating an alignment of caring for one’s mind, body and soul.

Through collaboration with key University partners and recognized student organizations this initiative helps grow community connections.

Alongside academic year celebratory months, intimate conversations are hosted to further celebrate the intersectionality of being Black. To motivate and empower the campus community, each talk is centered around identities, background, personal and professional growth.

Provides students the opportunity to distinguish the connection between their academic and professional identities, outline their next steps to achieve their goals, while growing their network.

Itanwa Orinwa (Our Story, Our Song) is a graduation ceremony dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Syracuse University graduates of color. ltanwa Orinwa was founded in 2002 at Syracuse University by a group of distinguished Black students.

Class of 2024 Itanwa Orinwa

Friday, May 10, 2024, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

JMA Wireless Dome

Degree recipients who would like to be honored during the ceremony, as well as faculty and staff who would like to process at the ceremony, are asked to complete the Itanwa Orinwa registration form by Friday, May 3. Non-degree recipients and all other attendees do not need to register. For more information about the event, please visit Multicultural Affairs.

Helps to foster relationships through creative collaborative initiatives to serve Syracuse University's self-identified Black diasporas.

Make a Gift in Support of Barner-McDuffie House

To make a gift in support of Barner-McDuffie House, please email Rachel Vassel ’91 G’21, associate vice president of Multicultural Advancement.