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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 include all students of all racial and ethnic identities.

The program was created in the spirit of building community amongst diverse Pace students 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 dialogue and example. 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 assist in managing: 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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19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Brunch

Friday February 15, 2019
Pace University (Pleasantville Campus) - Gottesman Room (Kessel Student Center)
Keynote Speaker: Gyasi Ross

Keynote Speaker: 

Gyasi Ross is an author, speaker and storyteller. Gyasi comes from the Blackfeet Nation and resides on the Port Madison Indian Reservation near Seattle. He is in demand as a speaker on race, social justice and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans and guests on MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now and radio shows nationwide. Ross is the author of Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). Ross writes for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, and Deadspin and has released a spoken word/hip hop CD titled “Isskootsik (Before Here was Here)” on Cabin Games Records.

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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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POWER is a student group supported by Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs. The mission of POWER is to promote intersectional feminism through weekly discussions, activism, advocacy, and education. We strive to support, challenge, and encourage women by creating a safe space. We are a student-led organization that is recognized by SDCA (Student Development and Campus Activities) and SGA (Student Government). 

Find POWER on OrgSync to sign up for alerts of meetings and programs

What We Do

POWER supports and challenges intersectional feminists as they strive to learn and grow as students and activists at Pace by providing a host of programs and services that include:

  • Weekly discussion and workshop meetings (Tuesdays 3:30-4:30)
  • Guest speakers (Planned Parenthood, FIRE, CCAR, Pace Women's Justice Center, Open Door Westchester, etc.)
  • Peer mentoring
  • Work for instersectional inclusion by supporting trans identities, first gen students, and all other identities (race, class, ability, mental health status, citizenship status, sexuality, gender identity and expression, etc.)
  • Access to research, internship, conference, and travel opportunities
  • Community service and fundraising
  • Supporting trans inclusion 
  • Extracurricular activities (film screenings, museum visits, and more)

POWER members at the Women's Convention in Detroit, MI, October 2017