Mayor Byron Brown kicks off Prestigious International Research Forum at Daemen

Daemen Forum Co-Sponsored by the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAASA), and Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila


April 22, 2013



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472




Information: Michele Ratzel

                       Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean

                       Daemen Division of Health

                       and Human Services

                       (716) 839-8554



Mayor Byron BrownBuffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered opening remarks for a prestigious three-day International Research Forum at Daemen College on Monday. The Forum is open to the general public and is free of charge.        


The forum, “Social Perspectives in Higher Education,” is co-sponsored by the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAASA), and Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, located in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.   


Among more than 50 presentations will be research focused on key issues in U.S. education reform, including, but not limited to, increasing higher education opportunities for international students; global perspectives and their impact on higher education; and maximizing student learning in multicultural college classrooms.


In his opening remarks, Mayor Brown noted the critical role reform in education plays in Western New York and across the nation. The Mayor thanked NAAASA Executive Director Dr. Lemuel Berry, Jr., Ph.D., for sponsoring the International Forum, and Daemen President Dr. Gary A. Olson, for bringing the prestigious event to the Buffalo Niagara region. 


“This research is critical to those seeking to build their lives through education,” said Olson. “Higher education is the building block for successful, sustainable development in so many countries around the world – and here in the U.S. Moreover, we are delighted for the opportunity to have Mayor Brown kick off our three day Forum and speak with our international guests.”   


Presentations will continue starting at 9:00 a.m., April 23, at Daemen, and will continue through the end of the day on Wednesday. 


Olson went on to note Buffalo’s ongoing partnerships with Daemen students, faculty, and staff, who work and volunteer in over 30 community sites in the City and across Western New York.


For additional questions regarding this event, please contact Michele Ratzel, administrative assistant, Office of the Dean, Daemen College Division of Health and Human Services, (716) 839-8554, or .

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