Two Niagara University graduate students are among eight selected by Kappa Delta Pi to facilitate leadership training this summer to students in grades 6-12 from 140 countries.
Clark Davis, a graduate student in Niagara's middle childhood and adolescence education program, and Andrea Nicolia, a school counseling graduate student, are recipients of People to People Leadership Summit and World Leadership Forum travel scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Davis, of Toronto, will participate in the forum being held at Harvard University, while Nicolia, a Grand Island resident, will attend the program at UCLA.
Kappa Delta Pi maintains a partnership with People to People Ambassador Programs, which has organized unique experiences for students in fifth grade through college for 50 years. Davis and Nicolia will be part of a small team facilitating student leadership training that focuses on global citizenship, leadership skills and goal setting with students from all over the world.
"We are extremely proud that two of the eight students selected nationally are from our College of Education at Niagara University," said Dr. Debra Colley, dean of the college.
The selection process was very competitive and Kappa Delta Pi received a large number of qualified applications. Applicants were selected based on international experience, strength and clarity in writing (essay responses), and their competency and confidence, as evidenced through video submissions.
"Graduate programs at Niagara position students for leadership in their field of study through extensive field experience, service contributions tied to Niagara's mission of serving those most in need, and involvement with faculty in theory and research," Colley added. "Congratulations to Clark and Andrea for this tremendous recognition and opportunity."
Davis and Nicolia are members of the Niagara University Alpha Alpha Beta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Nicolia serves as an officer for the chapter.
Kappa Delta Pi was founded in 1911 "to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching." It currently has more than 1.2 million members.
People to People has more than 500,000 program alumni across the globe.
Niagara University's College of Education holds Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE) accreditation in the U.S.; Ministerial Consent through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in the Province of Ontario; and accreditation through the Ontario College of Teachers. Niagara University has had a strong presence in Ontario, Canada, for the past four decades, educating Canadian students both on its New York campus and at various sites in the greater Toronto region of Canada.
To learn more about Niagara University's College of Education, visit www.niagara.edu/education.