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From activist workshops to conservation days to soup kitchen volunteering, CCAR is ready to make your spring a compassionate one.

We’re moving (slowly, but surely!) into spring. With the warmer weather comes a fresh new season to make a positive difference. The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) at Dyson College has a great slate of events this spring semester, including:

WNYC Listen Lounge Podcast Listening Party (NYC)
Wednesday, March 22 | 12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m. | Student Union, Meeting Room A
Want to hear about Orange Is the New Black star Diane Guerrero's personal experiences with immigration and win a pair of tickets to Governors Ball? Join CCAR and WNYC for a listening of WNYC’s Death, Sex, & Money podcast, featuring Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerrero in conversation with host Anna Sale. The Listen Lounge will be followed by a student discussion on the episode and these topics. WNYC Listen Lounges are student-led podcast listening parties that provide a jumping off point for poignant and challenging discussions about issues facing students today. Guerrero will not be in attendance, and free pizza will be provided. To be placed on a waitlist to attend, register online at

Conservation at Otter Creek (PLV)
Thursday, March 23 | 11:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m. | Otter Creek
Join CCAR and the Westchester Land Trust in planting trees at the WLT’s new space at Otter Creek in Mamaroneck. Volunteers will be in charge of conservation-minded tasks, while gaining some insight as to how climate change might affect Westchester County itself.

Activist Workshop: Having Difficult Conversations (NYC)
Thursday, March 23 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | W519 
This activist workshop will provide you with helpful tips and tricks to initiate and engage in the conversations that are often uncomfortable, but often necessary.

Mindfulness and Reducing Racism (NYC)
Tuesday, March 28 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | Bianco Room
You may be hearing the word “mindfulness” quite a bit. It refers to the state of being aware of something, or a mental state that’s achieved by focusing on the present moment, and paying attention to thoughts and feelings without necessarily being judgmental of them. Learn about mindfulness as it relates to reducing racism.

Intro to Activism Night with Vote Everywhere (PLV)
Tuesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Bianco Room
The problems we face are complex and it will take all “ordinary people” to affect change. That’s why Vote Everywhere assembled a hero citizenry of individuals taking responsibility for righting the world’s wrongs. Join the Vote Everywhere ambassadors at Pace and student groups on campus for a night of activism! You'll have a chance to hear about some ways you can get involved on and off campus, and hear firsthand from student groups doing activist work on campus.

The First Amendment and Fake News (PLV)
Wednesday, March 29 | 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Miller 28
Freedom of Speech is a fundamental right—but what happens when it collides with blatant misinformation? This event will help you learn a little bit more about the role of the fourth estate—the media—in our ever-changing times, and teach you how to better identify fake news.

A Walking Tour of City Hall (NYC)
Thursday, March 30 | 3:25 p.m.
City Hall, the magnificent building between Broadway and Park Row, is the oldest city hall in the United States and still serves many of its original functions. Learn about its immaculate history through a guided walking tour.

Activist Workshop: Contacting Elected Officials (NYC)
Thursday, April 6 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | W519
Get the skinny on how to best get the attention of those who have the constitutional ability to change the law.

SLC Spring Fling (PLV)
Friday, April 7 | 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Kessel Multipurpose Room
Want to showcase those dance moves? The annual SLC Spring Fling is always a blast, and volunteers are wanted to help execute a spectacular evening for differently abled adults. In addition to dancing, you’ll also learn about internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and the overall mission of the Successful Learning Center.

Setter’s Day of Service: Earth Day (PLV)
Saturday, April 8 | 12:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. | various locations
The first-ever Setter’s Service Day: Earth Day edition probably couldn’t come at a more pressing time. Help take small, but undeniably crucial steps conserving our wonderful planet. Volunteers will work all over Westchester—from on campus to Teatown Lake Reservation to Rockefeller State Park Reserve—to help create a brighter and greener Westchester County.

Citizenship and Resiliency (PLV)
Wednesday, April 12 | 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs Office, Kessel Student Center, Suite 208
Are you an engaged citizen, or perhaps and activist, frustrated that the issues you care about most are often ignored or barely considered in local and national politics? Activism involves coming back stronger than ever after getting knocked down, and this session will provide you with concrete ways to stay resilient while fighting hard for your values.

Thinking Critically About the Media and Press (NYC)
Thursday, April 20 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | W519
The media and press, for better and for worse, are inextricably tied to both the government and the citizens it serves. This workshop will help you gain insight on how to weigh the merits of reporting tactics, outlets, and impacts in an increasingly hectic media landscape.

Hands on New York Day (NYC)
Saturday, April 22 | 8:30 a.m 
Join CCAR for their big day in making a difference all across New York City. More information coming soon.

Walking Tour: Wall Street
Wednesday, April 26 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. 
Now symbolic of Big Finance, Wall Street was once a narrow road (and wall) that served as the northern border of the New Amsterdam settlement. Learn about the street’s rich history, and we literally mean rich history.

Pace University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk (NYC)
Friday, April 28 | 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Want to make a difference in the Pace Community and be a voice for suicide prevention? Register for the Pace University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, and join students, faculty, and community members as they raise funds to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. Register here. Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk.

Activist Workshop: Coalition Building (NYC)
Thursday, May 4 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | W519
Never underestimate strength in numbers. Accomplishing initiatives alone is a tall task indeed, so come to this workshop and learn how to build an effective and powerful coalition.

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