Current Projects

The Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission has four key focus areas with projects associated with each. Our interns are responsible for the projects in the Center.

Education, Equity, and Race

REAC3H (Race Education Advocacy College Credit Courses in High School) program

  • Niagara Falls High School Junior student cohort
  • Niagara Falls High School Senior student cohort
  • Alumni cohort

Youth Conference (held annually)

  • MST (Math, Science, & Technology) Preparatory School Youth Leadership Workshop

Social Action, Equity, and Race

  • Voting/Civic Engagement 
  • Legislative advocacy trip to Washington, DC

University, Community, and Government Partnerships

  • Campus Race Conversations
  • Aquarium of Niagara DEAI
  • Entrepreneur School of Thought, “We all we got” (WAWG)
  • 716 United Youth program
  • Family Promise of WNY research project

Health Equity

  • Senior isolation
  • Social media/marketing for COVID-19
  • School outreach and education program for students
  • Youth ambassadors program 
  • Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force