More than 40 community leaders were on hand Nov. 30 as Niagara University’s Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality & Mission hosted a breakfast meeting to review the progress of the center and to outline plans for future initiatives.

Dr. Rolanda Ward, the director of the center, facilitated the presentation and highlighted the learning experiences for students from a number of academic programs, including social work, criminal justice, criminal justice and sociology. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, welcomed the guests and offered a blessing to begin the session.

The presentation included in-depth descriptions of the successful initiatives and activities, which included:

  • The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative
  • Federal Reentry Court Research Project
  • Niagara Falls Youth Council Survey Design Project
  • Community Builder Meetings
  • Youth, Race, and Equality Conference
  • University, Community, and Government Partnerships National Conference

More information on the Ostapenko Center and its work can be found on the Niagara University website.

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