Syracuse University Fosters Entrepreneurship Through the Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Community

Each year incoming students have the opportunity to apply to learning communities at Syracuse University. A learning community is a group of students living together in a residence hall based on a common major, interest or theme, such as business and management, arts and expression, cultural exploration and diversity and more. While living in a learning community, students take part in numerous academic and social experiences.

Located on the third floor of Dellplain Residence Hall, the Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Community (CIE), one of the 13 learning communities at Syracuse University, is dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the innovative potential. Students who participate in the CIE Learning Community:

  • Take a one-credit course, Discovering the Innovator Within, each semester;
  • Complete at least 10 hours per week to learning community activities;
  • Maintain a personal portfolio to be presented at the end of the academic year;
  • Apply their creativity and potential for innovation on a regular basis.

Throughout the academic year, and beyond, CIE Learning Community students are supported by various faculty from across Syracuse University. Alexandra Kostakis, entrepreneurship professor of practice at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, serves as the director of the CIE Learning Community.

For more information about the CIE Learning Community, click the video below or contact Kostakis at

Arielle Spears

Arielle Spears

Arielle is a content marketing specialist for the Whitman School. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Whitman’s overall marketing strategy through content development on digital channels, including websites and social media. After receiving her B.A. from Syracuse University, she went on to earn her M.S. in public relations from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Arielle Spears