Pace Students Present

From the United Nations to the Museum of Natural History, Pace students are showcasing their talent outside of the classroom.

Here are three Dyson College students who stepped outside of the University recently to share their work in the arts and sciences.

Andrea Saum ’21

Andrea Saum ’21, Commercial Dance, presented a choreographed piece at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid in December 2019.

She submitted a short video of a choreographed human wave titled “Tides,” which was an aerial view of an incoming tide, disrupted by black limbo bodies meant to represent pollution.
Passionate about the issue of climate change, Saum’s goal was to inspire others to action.

Saum has been dancing since she was four years old, and always knew that she wanted to pursue it professionally. It was not easy at first.

“When I came to Pace, I was extremely shy and so intimidated by the insane talent that was in the program; however, the faculty has been nothing short of supportive,” she says. “They have taught me more than I ever expected to learn, not only about dance, but also about myself as a human and [an] artist.”

Crystal Isidor ’20

Crystal Isidor ’20, Art, served as a panelist at "74 Years of Nuclear Disarmament and the Contribution of Youth beyond 2020,” an event organized by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and held on January 24. Isidor’s talk was a clarion call to young people, encouraging them to become actively involved on this issue regardless of prior experience.

“I was very honored the UNODA invited me to be a part of the event,” she says. “Youth are the future, and it is imperative for us to be engaged in a substantive conversation on disarmament.”

Isidor, a member of Pace’s award-winning Model UN Team who has also interned at the United Nations, says she became interested after taking a class with Associate Professor Matthew Bolton. She has attended several UNODA events, and gained additional experience and insight into working on international policy with the Disarmament Institute at Pace.

Tatyana Graham, 21

Tatyana Graham, 21, Environment Science, shared her research on New York City coyotes in a presentation at the American Museum of Natural History on December 5, 2019.

Her work, “Are Coyotes ‘Natural’? Differences in Perceptions of Coyotes among Urban and Suburban Park Users,” was published in the journal Cities and the Environment. The study involved researching the human perceptions of coyotes in the Bronx, and Graham was invited to participate in the museum event as a part of the Gotham Coyote Project, which studies the ecology of the northeastern coyote found in the metropolitan area to promote understanding and coexistence.

Graham, who participated in a high school internship program at the museum, has also interned at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she presented a research project detailing the current state of oyster restoration efforts in the New York and New Jersey harbor.
At Pace, she has worked closely with the Environmental Studies and Sciences department faculty.

“Knowing my professors and being able to have access to speak with them has improved my experience at Pace, brought me a sense of community, and helped me to achieve academically,” she says.