Front row, from left: Patricia Wrobel, executive director; Lynnette Haley O’Stewart, Ph.D., director, Niagara County Quality Improvement Project. Back row, from left: Tom Lowe, director, IMPACT/ReNU; Carol Beebe, grants coordinator, Levesque Institute; Justina Freedman, mentor, Niagara County Quality Improvement Project; Elizabeth Yarussi, Ph.D., literacy outreach coordinator, Levesque Institute; Brittany DePietro, coordinator, Levesque Institute/IMPACT.
Academic Complex Room 125
Patricia Wrobel, executive director, Levesque Institute
Tom Lowe, director, IMPACT/ReNU; Brittany DePietro, coordinator, Levesque Institute/IMPACT; Lynnette Haley O’Stewart, Ph.D., director, Niagara County Quality Improvement Project; Justina Freedman, mentor, Niagara County Quality Improvement Project; Carol Beebe, grants coordinator, Levesque Institute; Elizabeth Yarussi, Ph.D., literacy outreach coordinator, Levesque Institute
How to Contact:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m., additional hours at all NU open house and student events
By the numbers:
The institute’s structure is made up of four pillars: Early Childhood, Community Outreach, Health & Wellness, and Housing, under which new initiatives are explored.
Just the Facts:
The Levesque Institute serves as one of Niagara University’s main arms in the city of Niagara Falls and its surrounding communities. By leveraging university resources, the institute aims to initiate measurable and visible positive change in the community, with the ultimate goal being to eliminate poverty in Niagara Falls.
The institute oversees IMPACT, formerly known as Learn & Serve, which promotes student service in a more meaningful, in-depth way. IMPACT encourages students to participate in “career preparation through service,” so that the service students participate in is relevant to their future careers. Students are also asked to analyze and report measurable outcomes of their service to determine the impact that was made in the community. IMPACT also works closely with faculty to assist with implementing project-based learning in their courses.
The institute’s flagship programs include the Niagara Falls South End Housing Initiative, a collaborative effort of 30 community partners working to improve the curb appeal of the south end of the city to increase development and home ownership; and the Niagara County Quality Improvement Project, which provides free services such as developmental screenings for youth and Pyramid Model coaching to enhance early childhood classrooms in the county. Its literacy outreach programs engage College of Education students in planning and implementation of literacy lessons for local youth.
Pulling up weeds, painting houses, and beautifying the south end of Niagara Falls.