Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement reinforces Niagara’s commitment to the region by strengthening and forming new town-grown relationships. The institute oversees Border Community SERVICE, ReNU Niagara, Learn and Serve Niagara and the Western New York Service Learning Coalition (WNYSLC).
The Sustainable Sandals Project is a special initiative in partnership with the College of Business and B.O.L.D. where the students are responsible for management of the project. In addition, the institute partners with NU's EAGLE Leadership to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for students throughout the region.
The institute is also the primary resource for anyone in the community who is looking to partner with Niagara University's students, faculty and staff, in turn building more partnerships within the community. These relationships will facilitate community service opportunities for Niagara University students and faculty.
Through the institute, in addition to working with the four flagship programs, students have been recruited to work on projects such as the Niagara Beautification Commission’s annual Beautify Niagara city clean up campaign, Niagara Falls Block Club Council President Roger Spurback’s fight against graffiti and the YouthWorks organization’s home repairs for senior citizens.
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement has accomplished many things in its brief existence. However, the institute has only scratched the surface in terms of the impact that Niagara University’s students, faculty and partners can make in the community.