Notre Dame College Receives Gift in Support of First Generation Student Center

Notre Dame College has received a $100,000 gift in support of its programs for students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The contribution from Margaret Wong, Esq., an entrepreneur, internationally acclaimed immigration lawyer and emerita member of the College’s Board of Trustees, will help provide additional mentoring services through Notre Dame’s First Generation Center, starting with the 2017-2018 academic year. The gift also will support increased efforts to enroll Hispanic and Latino students from the Northeast Ohio area who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Notre Dame also has named a new director for its FirstGen Center. Laurel Greene Kaiser, MSW, LISW, who specializes in resiliency and has more than 10 years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults and families in individual and group settings.

Kaiser has worked with Bellefaire JCB Social Advocates for Youth Program, a prevention and leadership program for middle and high school students. Bellefaire JCB, formerly Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, is among the nation’s largest agencies providing behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services to children.

Through Lakeshore Educational Services, Kaiser also has delivered training to community and professional audiences. In 2015, she was recognized as one of 10 Cleveland MAKERS, an international platform to recognize women as trailblazers.

Wong founded her law firm with one desk and no secretary in 1978. Today, her practice includes 10 attorneys and 35 other staff members and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. She is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia, the District of Columbia and Michigan.

Wong has won numerous awards for philanthropy, business acumen and influence on community leadership; she also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States.

Among numerous accolades, she has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” (Inside Business Magazine), “Super Lawyer” (Cincinnati Magazine)—a distinction reserved for the top 5 percent of lawyers—and has been listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”

13 April 2017


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For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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