Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement

Sustainable Sandals

The Sustainable Sandals Project is one of the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement's primary initiatives.

Niagara University was established more than 150 years ago in the Catholic and Vincentian tradition, meaning that the institution is committed to serving those less fortunate, both in the neighboring communities and around the world.

When young men and women enroll at Niagara, they know that they are doing so at an institution of higher learning that will prepare them as people and professionals, instilled with an abiding sense of service to others.

Here at Niagara, we crystallize this vision by saying that our holistic, one-on-one approach to education makes a difference in the lives of its students, and they go on to make a difference in the lives of others.

In September 2011, Niagara University formally established an Institute for Civic Engagement as a way to reinforce its longtime commitment to the region. The institute is tasked with strengthening current community partnerships and forming new town-grown relationships. These relationships facilitate community service opportunities for Niagara University students and faculty.

Two years after it was created, the institute was renamed the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement to honor the university’s 25th president and his focus on service.

The institute oversees Border Community SERVICEReNU NiagaraLearn and Serve Niagara and the Western New York Service Learning Coalition (WNYSLC), and works with numerous other organizations on and off campus to enhance the lives of community members.

To facilitate service-learning communications within Niagara University's four accredited colleges, the Levesque Institute has appointed faculty service-learning liaisons.