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Pace Women’s Justice Center; Land Use Law Center; Entrepreneurship Lab; Center for Community Action and Research; Pace Energy and Climate Center. These are just some of the many centers at Pace that are doing truly outstanding work.

There’s a lot happening at Pace, and it can be hard to keep track of all the innovative, inspiring, and groundbreaking news and initiatives that come out of our University. In addition to housing the College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace is host to dozens of centers that specialize in everything from community action and outreach to robotics. Here are just a few of the many centers that Opportunitas would like to highlight for their outstanding work and service.

Pace Women's Justice Center

Serving Westchester County for more than 25 years, the Center has grown to become Westchester’s leading civil legal services and training provider for domestic violence and elder abuse. Law students serve real clients facing domestic issues in this nonprofit center staffed by professionals and faculty in the field.

In 2018, the Center opened a new office to include a new walk-in legal clinic that will allow them to serve as many as 500 more clients a year; the Center currently serves over 3,000 clients annually. According to Executive Director Cindy Kanusher, the clinic is the first of its kind in Westchester, providing free legal services without an appointment to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse.

"Many times, [a client] has no other suppory system," says Director of Pro Bono Programs Natalie Sobchak. "So our volunteers do provide a great asset, and the clients see that. The lawayers appreciate that assisatnce too, because it enables them to do their work without the constant worry of whether or not their client is OKthey know the client is in safe hands."

>>Read more about the Pace Women’s Justice Center

Pace Land Use Law Center

The Land Use Law Center works with New York State government, community organizations, and development leaders to comprehensively understand and plan sustainable communities and regions, primarily through the use of creative strategies for land use. Most recently, for example, the Center received a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to fund a Land Use Leadership Alliance training program to foster sustainable land use patterns to protect key environmental resources within the Albany County.

>>Read about the Land Use Law Center’s recent work in Poughkeepsie, NY

Entrepreneurship Lab

Fostering both the creative spirit and the business savvy of the University community, the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) is a collaborative workspace designed to bring together students to promote cross-disciplinary problem solving, experiential learning, and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset. The eLab, in addition to being a center of campus academic life, holds events and contests each year that challenge students and can even result in viable businesses. Pace has a rich recent history of students going on to create successful and impactful businesses, ranging from data design startup Accern to creative food delivery app Gebni

>>Read an interview with eLab Director Bruce Bachenheimer

Center for Community Action and Research 

For over a decade, Dyson's CCAR has oriented students, faculty, and staff, around impactful civic engagement initaitives, in turn strengthening both local community and individual character. From rebuilding hurricane-ravaged homes via Alternative Spring Break, to annual service events, blood drives, lectures, and professional career building events in the non-profit sector, CCAR is helping make Pace a more civically engaged and service-oriented community. 

Tyler Kalahar, the center's program coordinator, succinctly summed up the mission of CCAR in a 2018 Pace Chronicle feature. Said Kalahar, in regards to community involvement, "We all have a choice to participate or not, but you're giving up some of the power you have by opting out."  

>>Read more about CCAR

Pace Energy and Climate Center

Having recently celebrated its 30th year, the skills, expertise, and policy prescriptions offered by the Pace Energy and Climate Center (PECC) are in demand now more than ever. Placed firmly at the intersection of energy and the environment, PECC interacts with government officials, policymakers, and community and business advocates to ensure communities are moving toward workable and efficient energy solutions amidst our changing climate and global needs.

>>Read more about the Pace Energy and Climate Center

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