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Photo: Dr. Julia Hall hooding a student at the Baccalaureate ceremony

D'Youville Professor Raises $5 Million in Scholarships and Aid for Low-income Youth

Dr. Julia Hall Helps Lead Valley Community Association in Fund Raising Efforts

Buffalo, New York – June 16, 2016 – D’Youville education professor, Dr. Julia Hall, helped lead the local Valley Community Association to $5 million in scholarships and aid for low-income youth and adults.

The association serves the local community by providing programs to improve the social well-being of the residents in the Buffalo River community and promotes environmental beautification and stewardship.

It is located in the southeast portion of the city near the Perry Projects and the old First Ward. Its name is derived from the infrastructure that surrounded it until 1992.

The volunteer program at the association is directed by Dr. Hall and she has established partnerships with area schools, agencies, institutions and community leaders in helping students and young adults reach their education and career goals.

She collaborates with administrators at area public and private schools and colleges, the Bison Foundation, Buffalo Prep, Say Yes Buffalo, Erie 1 BOCES, the EOC Center, Buffalo Building Trades and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

“I help individuals with researching careers, filling out applications to colleges or training programs and applying for financial assistance and scholarships. Many enter colleges, vocational programs and the building trades,” she said.

“I had a young man from a family that suffered long-term unemployment, drug addiction and disarray who I tutored and mentored on educational possibilities. I arranged for a private high school to provide him with full financial aid and eventually he was admitted to the Rochester Institute of Technology,” she said.

“Today he is an active member of the community. It is very gratifying.”

Hall has been with association since the early 1990s when she was asked by executive director Peggy Overdorf to act as an organizer and supervisor of an educational program to help the young people of the area. Under her volunteer leadership the K-8 students came to the association daily and today the program has grown dramatically with an annual budget of $2.3 million.

“She is invaluable to our efforts and fits in perfectly,” said Ms. Overdorf. “Julie never gives up on our kids, she works with them, encourages them and in many cases turns their lives around. She is a great asset.”

Dr. Hall joined D’Youville in 2001 and is a professor in Educational Leadership teaching education, policy, law and governance. She has authored four books and more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and presentations on critical education policy. Dr. Hall was voted Scholar of the Year by the D’Youville faculty in 2005 and won a national award for her book on children’s human rights in 2013.

A graduate of the State University at Buffalo, she earned her master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal and her Ph.D. in sociology of education at UB.

Regarding her decades-long service at the Valley Community Association she said, “My efforts there have always been guided by the mission and spirit of D’Youville College.”


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