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Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program

14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Brunch

Friday January 31, 2014
Pace University (Pleasantville Campus)

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Carl Hart, Columbia University

Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor of Psychology in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, and Director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart's research is to understand complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiology and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology.

He is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology, co-author of the textbook, Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, and a member of a NIH review group. Dr. Hart was recently elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association (Division 28) for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, specifically psychopharmacology and substance abuse.

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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.

Program Requirements
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.

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Peer Educators Program

Peer Educators are trained students who provide assistance and understanding to students on campus and in the community regarding various issues related to lifestyle choices. Peer Educators serve as a resource and offer students valuable strategies to overcome the challenges of everyday life with confidence and success while empowering students to make a difference on campus through social and educational initiatives. The Bacchus Peer Educators work in conjunction with the Counseling and Personal Development Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs to create a presence on campus that links the community with the message of positive decision making.

Contact the Peer Educators at:

Upcoming Events

Common Hour Discussion
March 30, 2011
Gottesman Room

Health Fair
May 3, 2011
Gottesman Room

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Guest Speakers

March 2013 - Wade Davis, Jr.

Wade Davis, Jr. who was signed as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans, played in preseason games for the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, and went on to play for the Barcelona Dragons and Berlin Thunder as part of NFL Europe, came out in 2012 when he began working at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), where he teaches promising LGBT youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.

He is also a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, in which he speaks at events on behalf of the President. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, and he has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and BET. His own book, Interference, about his journey from adolescence to coming out, which details his relationship with his mother, playing in the NFL, working with LGBTQ youth, and the Obama election, is scheduled to be released later this year.

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The 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)

UMI Facebook Page

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