A Commitment to the Community
At Pace, we believe that service is an essential part of a life well- lived. That is why social responsibility and civic engagement have been woven into the curriculum, campuses, and communities of our University. This has resulted in Pace being recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Carnegie Foundation and receiving numerous Jefferson Awards—the “Nobel Prize” for community and public service. But that’s not why we encourage it. We encourage it because it prepares Pace students to improve not only their own lives, but also the lives of others.
The Pace University Upward Bound Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is an academic support and college preparatory grant program that annually funds services for approximately 75 "first generation college bound" high school students from five different high schools. Pace University students are given the opportunity to mentor and teach the Upward Bound students, be it for volunteer hours, for a university class, or to enhance their resume.
Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) housed in Dyson College encourages students and university members to work with non-profit and governmental organizations to address common concerns in their communities. It has developed a number of strong relationships with the surrounding communities through coursework, internships, volunteer work, speaking opportunities, co-sponsored events, and research
Pace is also one of 29 private institutions participating in Project Pericles, a national initiative to promote opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to explore the nature of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Pace implements programs that promote citizenship through community service, civic participation, and advocacy for social change.
With more than 50 student organizations on the Pace New York City Campus, there are plenty of opportunities for students to become involved. Each year the Student Development and Campus Activities Office selects a community service project for the student body to focus on and facilitates a range of community outreach programs. Plus almost every student organization has a community service component as part of their program.