What We Do
Identifying and leveraging resources university and community resources, the Levesque Institute focuses on three large endeavors:
The Elimination of Poverty
Poverty on many levels plagues Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas. Seeking out and focusing the assets inside and outside of the region to solve complex problems is one of the tasks of a Vincentian University. The Institute leads that effort, brokering opportunities for local community members, university students and faculty, civic leaders and others to collaborate on short and long-term, systemic solutions.
The Development of Leaders
The Levesque Institute is positioned to work with community organizations on cultivating and developing leaders to meet the rising concerns of succession planning for leadership positions across the spectrum. The Institute offers three leadership programs: Capacity College for not-for-profit and organizations, Leadership NU for Niagara University students, and Parent Leadership. The focus is on a variety of topics pertinent to the knowledge and skills leaders need for organizations, government, boards, committees, and community leadership.
The Deployment of a Project Based Learning Model
Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. While deepening the educational experience it allows students to pursue experiences that will advance them along their chosen career paths. Simultaneously, it provides skill-enriched, supervised, focused service to the community. You can learn more about the model here, and study about it here.