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Averl Harbin is the director of multicultural affairs at Niagara University.

Averl Harbin: Unifying the University One Step at a Time

March 7, 2017

Deep in the corners of the Gallagher Center are an array of offices that offer amazing opportunities for students, faculty and staff. This is exceptionally true for one office: The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and the woman in charge – Averl Harbin – are making enormous changes throughout... Read on →

Dr. Hope Russell teaches women's studies at Niagara University.

Dr. Hope Russell: Addressing the Importance of Women’s Studies at Niagara University

February 28, 2017

Dr. Hope Russell knows a thing or two about the history of women. So much, in fact, that she teaches courses all about it at Niagara University. Dr. Russell is an adjunct professor of women’s studies at Niagara, and has spent over 12 years educating students on past and present... Read on →

Denise Gonez-Santos, executive director of the Erie 1 BOCES Regional Bilingual Education-Regional Network, speaks in front of an enthusiastic crowd during the Multilingual Matters conference Feb. 11 at Niagara University.

Multilingual Matters Conference Stresses Importance of TESOL Teachers

February 28, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

More than 180 school district and school administrators, teachers, teaching assistants and instructional support staff spent the day at Niagara University on Feb. 11 for a Multilingual Matters conference. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, welcomed and praised the room of committed educators – some of whom came... Read on →

Mary "Betsy" Bissell is teaching a new course at Niagara University that introduces students to the Tuscarora language.

New Niagara University Courses Embrace Tuscarora Culture, Language

February 27, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

Tuscarora Indian School Principal Elizabeth Corieri is on record stating that she would like to see an indigenous languages teaching certificate program offered for instructors in New York state. Until then, Niagara University has collaborated with the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District to develop a strategy to help ensure the... Read on →

Pictured at the announcement of Niagara University's new Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission are the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., NU president emeritus; Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra Scott Jr.; NU junior Ferrah Staley; Averl Harbin, Niagara’s director of multicultural affairs; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president; and Dr. Thomas Chambers, professor of history at NU.

Niagara University Establishes Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission

February 24, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University announced today the creation of a new on-campus center that will advance the institution’s commitment to diversity and social justice. The Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission, consistent with Niagara University’s Vincentian mission and interdisciplinary core, will be focused on race and equality, generating... Read on →

Panelists at the Diversity in Action event at NU

Niagara University Holds Panel Discussion on ‘Diversity in Action’

February 21, 2017

On Feb. 16, students, faculty and alumni gathered to discuss the relationship between diversity and campus relations in “Diversity in Action: A Discussion of Student Activism at Niagara University.” “When I arrived here (Niagara) in 1969, I saw that there was work that needed to be done,” said Bill Bradberry,... Read on →

Father James J. Maher, C.M.

Father Maher Moves into Top 100 of Business First’s ‘Power 250’

February 20, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., is among Western New York’s 100 most influential leaders, according to rankings published Friday in Business First. Father Maher is listed at No. 97 in the weekly newspaper’s 2017 “Power 250,” a list of the 250 men and women who, in the publication’s opinion,... Read on →

Help Me Grow Western New York Awarded $1.8 Million Grant for Child Development Program

February 15, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University will manage the grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Help Me Grow Western New York has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for its continued regional implementation of the comprehensive child development collaborative. Niagara University has been selected to... Read on →

Niagara University Again Providing Free Tax Help

February 13, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

It’s that time of year again. For the 36th straight year, accounting students from Niagara University’s College of Business Administration are providing free tax preparation assistance to members of the Niagara Falls community this tax season. In 2016, 86 student volunteers helped local residents file 891 tax returns, totaling more than $1.1 million... Read on →

Niagara University criminal justice professors Timothy Lauger, Ph.D., and Craig Rivera, Ph.D., are pictured in front of a shooting network map they created as part of a study funded through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Niagara University Professors Researching Gun-Related Crime Trends

February 9, 2017  |  by Michael Freedman

Having conducted several interviews with both victims and perpetrators of gun-involved violence in Niagara Falls, Drs. Timothy Lauger and Craig Rivera say that they are startled by how casually these individuals recount their experiences. “There are a few individuals in Niagara Falls who have been involved in 10-11 shootings. Sometimes... Read on →

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