State Conference On Bilingual Education Reinforces NU’s Global Learning Vision
Niagara University’s full embrace of international students under the three-year tenure of its president, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., is well-documented.
Niagara presently ranks second in Western New York in terms of enrolled international students (according to Business First) and, in January, established the Edward A. Brennan Center for Language, Culture and Leadership, which will meet the needs of international families and students, and serve English language learners within the global community.
On Saturday, May 21, Niagara University served as the site for a section of the annual conference of theNew York State Association for Bilingual Education. It was the first time the conference had come to the region since the 1980s.
More than 220 bilingual and non-bilingual educators and administrators attended the conference, which included remarks from New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, a former Lewiston resident. The event included simultaneous conferencing with a section in New York City (at New York University) that included nearly 350 attendees.