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The Center for Community Action and Research:
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.