NEIU Forges Partnership with Pan-African Association
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||Media Contacts:Dana Navarro|
|November 15, 2013 |
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus Forges Community Partnership with Pan-African Association
CHICAGO — Today Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and the Pan-African Association (PAA) held a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new partnership between the two institutions. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University, and A. Patrick Augustin, executive director of the Pan-African Association, ceremoniously signed a partnership agreement at the event held at the PAA offices in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood this morning.
As part of this agreement, PAA and Northeastern’s El Centro Campus will support one another and provide accessible, quality, affordable educational opportunities and other services to its surrounding community and pursue mutually beneficial opportunities. This partnership is especially important for Northeastern as it prepares for a fall 2014 opening of its new El Centro Campus in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood at 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
Northeastern will cooperate with the Pan-African Association by providing access to the space and resources of its new El Centro Campus. The Pan-African Association will provide access to its multiple classes and programs including the association’s citizen and civic education classes, job readiness programs and English as a Second Language classes.
Hahs said, “The signing of this agreement is a symbol of our commitment to welcoming the members of the African community to the El Centro Campus and to the University. It is my hope that this partnership, founded upon a mutual belief in the power of education to transform individuals and the world, will do much to ensure that generations to come learn from the past as they create a new future.”
Augustin added, “The Pan-African Association feels privileged to be signing this memorandum of understanding with Northeastern Illinois University. Such valuable community partnerships make us stronger, and provide us with opportunities to better serve our refugee and immigrant clients.”
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
About the Pan-African AssociationThe purpose of the Pan-African Association is to serve, empower and promote the interests of all refugees and immigrants of African descent. In addition to assisting Africans, and in the spirit of promoting empowerment within the refugee communities, PAA also provides essential services to the Bhutanese Community Association of Illinois (BCAI), the Chicago Burmese Community Center (CBCC), and various other groups currently being settled in the Chicagoland area. PAA is dedicated to helping these growing communities of refugees and immigrants by offering programs and services that assist individuals and families in their efforts to achieve stable, self-sufficient, and successful lives in the United States.
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