Niagara University has received a $400,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Justice Campus Program. The funding, which was secured by Congressman Brian Higgins, will be used to support the university’s campus safety efforts.
In collaboration with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, Pinnacle Community Services, and the Seven Dancers Coalition, Niagara University will use the grant to advance awareness, prevention and bystander programming for all students, strengthen new-hire and existing staff development, and provide resources for the creation of print and electronic informational material.
“Niagara University remains dedicated to providing a safe environment, through prevention and education programs, for every member of our campus community,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “I want to thank the Department of Justice Campus Program and Congressman Brian Higgins for their support, as we create a culture of awareness and advocacy around these issues on our campus and in the broader community.”
The awards are provided through the U.S. Department of Justice Campus Program, which supports the work colleges and universities do to recognize and address the unique issues and challenges that colleges and universities face in creating a safe campus environment. The program encourages comprehensive measures to address the challenges and collaboration among community partners.
“The campus environment is a unique setting and population where proactive engagement and awareness is especially critical to building a safer community,” said Congressman Higgins. “Everyone deserves to feel safe at school. I applaud the work of Niagara to advance these efforts.”