Welcome to CCAR
VOLUNTEER, GET INVOLVED, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE at the Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College
Our mission is to enrich the educational experiences of students, faculty, and staff in a manner that is consistent with Pace’s mission to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders and citizens for active participation in the larger life of their communities, the nation, and the world.
The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) works to build ongoing, beneficial partnerships with community organizations to bring Pace resources to bear on community identified needs.
The CCAR coordinates Pace University’s participation in several national civic engagement initiatives. Pace University is a founding member of Project Pericles, a Jefferson Awards Champion, a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designee since 2006, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Empowering Socially Responsible Thinkers
For more than a decade, the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) has supported civic engagement, social responsibility, and reciprocal partnerships with the community, resulting in enriched learning for positive change. Housed within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the CCAR’s programs serve the entire university through curricular and co-curricular initiatives, coordination of national civic engagement programs, and support of ongoing community partnerships. Hallmarks of the CCAR program include:
- Providing the infrastructure needed for the development and support of Civic Engagement and Public Value courses at Pace which utilize the pedagogy of community-based learning. Students learn about a discipline, apply it to real-world community issues, and reflect upon the notion of citizenship. The CCAR supports faculty collaboration with community organizations, assists students in finding service placements, and connects community partners with Pace students.
- Programming co-curricular service and civic engagement events that provide opportunities for the Pace community to actively engage with timely issues and practice active citizenship through community service, civic action, and social activism.
- Facilitating lectures, round table discussions, and skill development workshops, many of which are open to and in partnership with the community at large.
- Coordinating national service and civic engagement initiatives including Project Pericles, The Jefferson Awards, Campus Compact, and the Corporation for National Service President’s Honor Roll for Community Service.
- Spearheading leadership opportunities including the Periclean Fellowship Program, Faculty Assistants for Civic Engagement Series (FACES), Project Pericles Faculty Development Grants, Service Release Time for Staff, and Alternative Spring Break.