- AALANA Mentorship Program
- City Saturdays
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program
- Urban Male Initiative
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program
Friday January 29, 2016
Pace University (Pleasantville Campus)
Dr. James K. Loewem
Jim Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He now lives in Washington, D.C., continuing his research on how Americans remember their past. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong came out in 1999. The Gustavus Myers Foundation named his book, Sundown Towns, a "Distinguished Book of 2005." In 2010, Teachers College Press brought out Teaching What Really Happened, intended to give K-12 teachers (and prospective teachers) solutions to the problems pointed out in Loewen’s earlier works.
AALANA Mentorship Program
The mission of the AALANA Program is to assist first-year students in getting acclimated to a new environment while providing leadership, guidance, and support that present opportunities for our students social and academic development. AALANA is an acronym which stands for African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American. At Pace University, we understand that there are students of color who do not fit exactly into those rigid categories. With that said, when we say "AALANA," we've come to also include students of West Indian/Caribbean descent, naturalized African descent, as well as students from multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds.
The program was created in the spirit of building community among African American, Latino, Asian, Native American students and friends in order to secure academic and social success. Negotiating the differences between high school and college is often a challenge for first-year students, especially first generation college goers. Peer mentors are chosen and trained to assist their first-year peers in transitioning to campus life. Mentors meet with their mentees to offer strategies for academic and social success through discussions, both weekly and monthly individual and group sessions. Because of the close bond and relationship, first-year students are able to learn from the academic and social experiences of successful AALANA students and mentors. This program also provides first-year students the opportunity to connect with professional staff and faculty members.
AALANA first-year students benefit from programming designed to facilitate managing any challenges that they may encounter such as: roommate issues, managing academic and personal pressures, meeting people on campus, balancing finances, navigating through the array of opportunities that Pace provides.
Participation in the program is optional. Students who wish to participate in the AALANA Mentorship Program are required to attend meetings as well as all AALANA Mentorship Programming.
Urban Male Initiative
The Urban Male Initiative (UMI) is designed to facilitate the retention, scholarship, graduation and leadership of historically underrepresented Black and Latino males. We are a collective of committed faculty and staff that represent the diversity of New York City. Some of us are from down south and others from the south Bronx. We come from Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. We're white, black, Latino, and everything in between, and we have all come together for one reason: to ensure your successful graduation from Pace.
What We Do
As young men of color and emerging scholars, we know your potential as future leaders in your respective communities as well as the global arena. The Urban Male Initiative seeks to cultivate your growth at Pace by providing a host of programs and services that include:
- One on One mentoring
- Access to research, internship, conference, and travel opportunities
- Discussion/rap sessions
- Guest speakers
- Community service volunteerism
- Assistance with Graduate School Application Process
- Extracurricular Activities (Film screenings and more)